Electric Boat

  • Senior Electrical Systems Engineer – Submarine Construction

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  • Overview

    General Dynamics Electric Boat is the world’s foremost designer and builder of nuclear submarines, the most complex machines made by man. The company’s industry leadership extends back over a century to 1899 when it produced the U.S. Navy's first commissioned undersea warship. Today, Electric Boat prides itself on being the premier shipbuilding company in the industry. We develop and apply state of the art technology to the design and construction of nuclear powered submarines. With a team of highly skilled and dedicated employees, we have successfully taken submarine technology to a new level.


    General Dynamics Electric Boat is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

    Job Description


    Department 474 (D474) Non-Nuclear Maintenance and Repair Construction Engineering is an integral part of Electric Boat's Maintenance and Modernization business. With this business, Electric Boat provides mission-ready submarines to the fleet through maintenance, modernization, alterations and improvements. D474 engineers provide non-nuclear engineering support for maintenance and alteration activities on submarines, including the planning, execution, and certification of work. D474 routinely develops technical work documents (TWDs), provides technical direction and oversight, and evaluates shipboard conditions.


    A multi-discipline group comprised of mechanical, structural, and electrical engineers, D474 Engineering operates in a collaborative, dynamic, team-oriented manner. Using a design-build approach, D474 interfaces with Operations, Design, Planning Yard, Test, and Program Office personnel in order to arrive at innovative solutions to difficult problems. Additionally, interaction with the United States Navy (USN) customer is typical, including the Supervisor of Shipbuilding Groton (SOSG), Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), and submarine crews.


    D474 Engineering supports submarine overhaul work locally and remotely. ABET-accredited educational backgrounds (BS and/or MS, or equivalent) are instrumental. Strong written and verbal communication skills are utilized and fostered. A hands-on, proactive, deadline-driven engineering approach is the norm. Awareness and understanding of military specifications, submarine shipbuilding specifications and design criteria, USN maintenance/overhaul requirements, and special emphasis programs are developed through mentoring and training. As D474 engineers solve problems on the ship as well as in the office, effective use of personal protective equipment and adherence to safety regulations are necessary.


    D474 electrical engineers are responsible for developing TWDs, providing technical direction and oversight, and resolving shipboard problems associated with the following:


    • Submarine non-propulsion electronic systems (NPES), including fly-by-wire ship control, fire control, navigation, sonar, strain gage instrumentation etc.
    • Submarine hull, mechanical, and electrical (HM&E) systems, including control, indication, power distribution, interior communications, fiber-optic data distribution, electromechanical actuation, etc.

    Tasks required of the D474 electrical engineer include, but are not limited to, the following:  

    • Planning of submarine maintenance and modernization work. This includes the development of work breakdown structures and the authoring of technical work documents.
    • Interpretation and translation of shipbuilding specifications, maintenance requirements, and contractual requirements.
    • Deck-plate support and resolution of emergent issues.
    • Development of technical rationale to support approval of nonconforming conditions.
    • Collaboration with engineers of other disciplines, including mechanical and structural.

    Overtime is required. Evening and/or weekend work is required based on department needs. Travel is required based on department needs.

    Education/ Experience


    • An ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science degree (or equivalent) in electrical, computer, or systems engineering with an electrical focus
    • 4-10 years of relevant work experience


    • Prior experience related to USN ship maintenance and/or modernization
    • An active Department of Defense secret or top secret security clearance 
    • Ability to climb steep stairs and ladders, ascend/descend scaffolding, and access confined spaces within a submarine.


    • A strong foundational understanding of electrical engineering concepts, including the relationship between electrical systems/components and interfacing non-electrical constructs.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
    • An aptitude for problem resolution and facing new challenges.
    • The ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
    • A capability to work against deadlines and prioritize work assignments accordingly.

    Physical Qualifications

    Climbing, Crawling, Kneeling, Reaching, Stooping, Twisting


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