Mechanical Engineer IV in Mobile, AL at Austal

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Mobile, AL

Job Description

REPORTS TO:  Chief Department Engineer or Engineering Lead

SUPERVISES:  Engineer III, Engineer II, Engineer I


  • Provides expert judgement and analysis for the design, development and implementation of engineering products/procedures, shipboard systems and overall ship designs
  • Able to troubleshoot and solve highly complex technical issues in a timely manner and communicate Expertly researched resolutions to management
  • Extensive engineering knowledge and is considered an expert in one or more engineering specialties
  • Responsible for complex system calculations, specification trace packages, detailed engineering reports and system drawings
  • Responsible for checking designs and drawings for accuracy and adherence to contract requirements
  • Facilitates training, mentoring, and developing other engineers
  • Able to establish relationships (liaise/coordinate) with other engineers, departments, subcontractors, and suppliers to ensure projects are completed on time and to specifications
  • Complies with Austal’s employee handbook general guidelines, company procedures and policies.



  • 8+ years of relevant engineering experience in the shipbuilding industry, or 12+ years engineering experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or related field from an accredited university 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Possesses strong leadership skills, Ability to help grow company culture
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a willingness and ability to train and mentor employees
  • Able to work independently with limited daily guidance and oversite
  • Understanding of scheduling and an ability to adhere to strict deadlines
  • Flexible with prioritizing tasks and able to work concurrent tasks and projects
  • Experienced in interacting with multiple engineering disciplines, Production, design teams from several companies, customer representatives and equipment manufacturers
  • Experience reviewing contract requirements and performing detailed specification traces
  • Experience developing technical trade-off studies and engineering cost analyses
  • Computer literate and familiar with AutoCAD and Microsoft Office products


  • Experienced in the design and construction of US Navy, Coast Guard, and Commercial vessels
  • Advanced knowledge of Maritime Regulatory Authorities (i.e. ABS, NAVSEA, MIL, USCG, IMO, etc.)
  • Advanced knowledge of ship systems
  • Advanced knowledge of modular shipbuilding manufacturing methods

Mechanical Engineer Specific Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or related engineering degree

Expert knowledge in one of the following areas:

  • Piping system design
  • HVAC design
  • Ship and propulsion system design and operation
  • Engine alignment and shaft design and alignment
  • Mechanical analysis (pressure loss, stress, thermal, hydrodynamic, and vibration)
  • Outfitting and lightweight joiner construction


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

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a DoD clearance may be required if deemed necessary in the scope of your position responsibilities.
  • 18 years or older at time of application
  • Able to provide proof of US Person status (permanent resident or citizen)
  • 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

TOOLS: Computer – MS Office, AutoCAD


  • Will lead and direct the work of Engineers I, II, III, Designers and Draftspersons
  • Will determine technical adequacy of drawings and calculations


  • Will provide input to evaluations of Engineers I, II, III, Designers and Draftspersons
  • Has authority to direct, evaluate and correct the work of Engineers I, II, III, Designers and Draftspersons

LIAISES WITH: Engineers, Production Personnel, Customer, Regulatory Bodies, Program Management and Equipment Suppliers


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an    employee encounters 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 regularly 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.