Based in the Ottawa, the Project Engineer is responsible for liaising with customers and suppliers on the technical and planning aspects of shipbuilding projects under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (“NSS”). The Project Engineer will coordinate technical and planning efforts with subject matter experts at Seaspan to ensure that projects are delivered to customers on time and within schedule and cost.
- Communicate technical and planning aspects of shipbuilding projects to the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) on the behalf of Seaspan.
- Support a collaborative resolution to technical and planning issues between Seaspan and CCG so as to ensure achievement of project objectives.
- Oversee and coordinate engineering, planning and relational issues and serve as the liaison between the Engineering, Planning & Estimating and Program Delivery Departments and external CCG stakeholders (customers and suppliers).
- Contribute to Seaspan’s engineering and planning activities viz-à-viz the CCG from the design stage through planning, production and close-out.
- Contribute to the development of, and adherence to, project scopes and objectives by involving all relevant stakeholders.
- Collaborate with subject matter experts, as required, to analyze engineering and planning requirements and identify areas where the company can offer improved designs or reduce production costs.
- Provide first class technical service throughout engineering and planning life cycle in order to maintain customer satisfaction and strengthen customer relationships.
- Attend regular review meetings with customers and suppliers to discuss any technical issues or problems and provide reports to internal stakeholders.
- Serve as the day-to-day contact person in Ottawa for engineering and planning issues raised by CCG.
- Provide regular information gathering and feedback to Seaspan stakeholders via effective communications
Education and Experience
- A Bachelor’s degree in relevant engineering field is required.
- P.Eng. EG status or E.I.T. status and able to apply for P.Eng. within a year.
- Project Management Professional (PMP) certification preferred.
- Minimum 3 years of supervisory experience in engineering, planning or production in the shipbuilding industry or in a complex manufacturing or construction industry.
- 10 years of professional experience in the shipbuilding, manufacturing, or construction industry, with demonstrated increased levels of responsibility.
- Fluently bilingual (English and French) an asset.
Skills, Knowledge and Required Competencies
- Outstanding ability to build relationships and use influence effectively in a variety of settings, both within the organization and with external stakeholders.
- Experience collaborating cross-functionally to ensure achievement of project objectives.
- Strong communication skills with demonstrated ability to coordinate significant resources in support of meeting project objectives.
- Self-starter with good organizational skills who can work both independently and as a member of a team.
- Strong technical skills with demonstrated understanding of modern shipbuilding design, procurement and production techniques.
- Extensive knowledge of program performance metrics including the ability to identify key metrics and develop comprehensive performance reports.
- Knowledge of Earned Value Management Systems (EVMS), scheduling systems and resource planning techniques.
- Knowledge of Government contract administration procedures.
- Knowledge and technical expertise with Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word, Project and Excel).