Project Department Manager Engineering in Mobile, AL at Austal

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Mobile, AL

Job Description

The Engineering Manager for Electrical Engineering will play a pivotal role in shaping our organization's future. Leading a team of electrical engineers, they will provide strategic guidance to ensure the seamless design, development, and construction of vessels for the United States Navy and U.S. Coast Guard. Responsibilities include overseeing engineers, formulating organizational strategies for employee engagement and skills development, ensuring technical compliance of multiple projects, and holding employee performance reviews.

REPORTS TO:  Chief Department Engineer

SUPERVISES:  Engineer III, Engineer II, Engineer I, Designers and Draftspersons


  • Responsible for the development and implementation of organizational strategies to drive employee engagement, critical skills development, employee performance management, hiring, separations, retention of talent, training, employee recognition, and mentoring/career development.
  • Ensures engineers working projects are meeting deadlines, producing quality work, and adhering to all regulatory and contractual requirements.
  • Responsible for preparing, overseeing and assigning design calculations and drawing development to support Program Goals
  • Responsible for quality of work that comes out of the department
  • Administers performance evaluations, provides regular feedback, and coaches engineers.


  • General:
    • Minimum 8 plus years of design and/or 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
    • Thorough knowledge of ship and propulsion systems
    • Strong working knowledge of Maritime Regulatory Authorities (i.e. ABS, DNV, GL, NAVSEA, MIL, USCG, IMO, etc.)
    • US Citizenship
  • Electrical/Controls Engineer:
    • Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent engineering degree or minimum 15 years of equivalent marine design experience
    • Thorough knowledge of power distribution and lighting systems
    • Thorough knowledge of automation, control and communication systems
    • Strong working knowledge of IEEE and NEC


  • Computer – MS Office, AutoCAD


  • Will lead and direct the work of Engineers I, II, III, and Designers
  • 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



  • 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

Candidates must meet the following employment eligibility guidelines to be considered for employment with Austal USA:

  • 18 years of age 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

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.