Program Engineer in Mobile, AL at Austal

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Mobile, AL

Job Description

Austal USA is recognized for its advancements in naval ship design and construction, presenting distinctive opportunities for team members to participate in influential initiatives shaping the maritime sector now and in the future. With a heritage rooted in innovation, Austal USA has been instrumental in propelling naval technology forward through sophisticated design, engineering and delivery of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) to the recently awarded Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC), Expeditionary Medical Ship (EMS), and the T-AGOS ocean surveillance vessels. What sets Austal USA apart is not just our commitment to innovation but our dedication to building the best ships for the United States Navy and United States Coast Guard. We actively cultivate a culture fueled by intellectual curiosity and diverse perspectives, where every team member is an integral part of delivering cutting-edge solutions.

REPORTS TO:  Engineering Director with dotted line report to Program Manager

SUPERVISES:  Oversees all Program related Engineering Activities


  • Responsible for organizing engineering team to meet program technical, schedule and cost requirements
  • Responsible for technical relationships with customer and Program Office
  • Is single point of technical contact on the program


  • General:
    • Successful completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering
    • Minimum 10 years of shipyard design and construction experience
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Understanding of scheduling and an ability to adhere to strict deadlines
    • Experienced in interacting with Production, multiple design teams from several companies, customer representatives and equipment manufacturers.
    • Computer literate and familiar with AutoCAD and Microsoft Office products.
    • Working knowledge of ship and propulsion systems
    • Working knowledge of ship structures
    • Working knowledge of Maritime Regulatory Authorities (i.e. ABS, DNV, GL, NAVSEA, MIL, USCG, IMO, etc.)


  • Computer – MS Office, AutoCAD


  • Will coordinate the work of Engineers, Designers and Draftspersons assigned to the Program
  • Will determine technical adequacy of drawings and calculations


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

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


  • General:
  • Experience in managing large design projects
  • Experienced in the construction of high speed aluminum vessels is advantageous but not a requirement
  • Working knowledge of modular construction methods is advantageous but not a requirement.
  • Experienced in design and construction of US Navy vessels is advantageous but not a requirement.
  • Understanding of shock design is advantageous but not a requirement
  • Working knowledge of FEA methods is advantageous but not a requirement.
  • ​​Candidates must meet the following employment eligibility guidelines to be considered for employment with Austal USA:
    • 18 years of age or older.
    • 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
    • The ability to obtain and maintain a DoD clearance may be required if deemed necessary in the scope of your position responsibilities.

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.