Human Systems Integration Engineer Lead in Mobile, AL at Austal

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Mobile, AL

Job Description

REPORTS TO:   Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) Manager

SUPERVISES:  Directs the work of one dedicated Human Factors Engineering (HFE)/Human Systems Integration (HSI) Engineer; leads HFE/HSI collaboration across the ILS/Integrated Product Support (IPS) activities throughout all phases in the life cycle of a marine system, including requirements definition, design, development, production, operations, and decommissioning.


  • Develops and maintains strategic partnerships with internal and external customers, stakeholders, and peers.
  • Apply human performance principles, methodologies, and technologies to the design of human-machine systems and products.
  • Develop and implement research methodologies and analysis plans to test and evaluate developmental prototypes used in new products, such as Pilot House hardware designs and the graphical user interfaces found on a ship’s bridge.
  • Apply knowledge of military standards (such as MIL-STD-1472 (DoD Design Criteria Standard Human Engineering) and MIL-STD-1474 (DoD Design Criteria Noise Limits) to meet program requirements.
  • Provides the coordination between resource managers/supervisors and ensures all necessary reviews and approvals are received.
  • Complies with Austal USA’s employee handbook general guidelines, company procedures and policies.
  • Coordinate across several engineering teams to integrate HE considerations into the overall system design and development.
  • Define system performance requirements to ensure safe and successful human operation of physical, functional and program interfaces for maintainers.


  • PhD in a Human Engineering field (e.g., Human Systems Engineering, Human Factors Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Engineering Psychology)
  • 10+ years’ experience in the field of human engineering
  • Demonstrated knowledge of U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard shipbuilding specifications such as ABS, Mil, API, and other similar general construction specs required
  • Knowledge of NAVSEA Operations
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required
  • Demonstrated knowledge of scheduling, possess an ability to monitor progress to schedule and adhere to strict deadlines required
  • Expert knowledge in Human System Integration (HSI)
  • Ability to define HFE processes for use by human engineering teams
  • Experience in program documentation of the HFE processes and products in a format consistent with US Military Data Item Descriptions (e.g. Human Engineering Program Plan, Human Engineering Design Approach Document – Operator, Human Engineering Design Approach Document – Maintainer, Human Engineering Test Plan, Human Engineering Test Report, et. al)
  • Experience in workload assessments and situation awareness assessments (SAGAT, SART etc.)
  • Experience with the user interface software prototyping tools
  • Experience with Usability software (Morae, Camtasia, etc.)
  • Knowledge in Human Perception and Cognition
  • Experience with Human Performance Modeling
  • Display Design Requirements and Testing Experience
  • Experience in conducting tasks analyses
  • Experience in Agile Development

RESPONSIBILITIES: This position may be required to manage repair efforts in various offsite locations.   The potential for offsite travel can potentially be in excess of 40-50%.

TOOLS:   Computer – MS Office, AutoCAD

LIAISES WITH:  ILS Manager, Engineers, Designers, Draftspersons, Production Personnel, Production Control, Supply, Logistics, Regulatory Bodies, Program Management and Equipment Suppliers


All candidates must meet Austal USA’s basic employment eligibility guidelines:

  • 18 years or older at time of application
  • Able to provide proof of US Person status
  • No felony convictions of theft/deception or violent crimes within seven years from disposition date
  • No felony convictions of drug crimes within three years from disposition date
  • Willing to submit to a drug screen
  • Willing to submit to a background check
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain required Security Clearance

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to humid conditions, bright flashing lights, moving mechanical parts, high precarious places, outside weather conditions, and extreme heat. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes and/or airborne particles at or below the PEL, toxic or caustic chemicals, and heat and cold. The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud, + 90 dB.

Must comply with company, federal, state, and local safety and environmental rules and regulations while performing daily job tasks.

Equal Employment Commitment

Any qualified individual with a disability who is having difficulty in completing an application because of incompatible technology or other disability-related application issues may contact us at the following phone number for assistance: 251-445-1932.
Austal shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.  Austal’s commitment to equal employment opportunity applies at all levels of employment, in all job titles, including the executive level, and to all employment actions, including but not limited to decisions concerning recruitment, hiring, training, and promotion.