Principal Manned Subsea Systems Engineer at Oceaneering (Baltimore, MD)

| Baltimore, MD
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Company Profile

Oceaneering is a global provider of engineered services and products, primarily to the offshore energy industry. We develop products and services for use throughout the lifecycle of an offshore oilfield, from drilling to decommissioning. We operate the world's premier fleet of work class ROVs. Additionally, we are a leader in offshore oilfield maintenance services, umbilicals, subsea hardware, and tooling. We also use applied technology expertise to serve the defense, entertainment, material handling, aerospace, science, and renewable energy industries.

Oceaneering Technologies (OTECH) performs a wide range of engineering services and products for unique marine systems for military and commercial customers. OTECH innovates wherever practical rather than inventing making it "faster to field" than others in its industry; the typical development/delivery cycle for complex mechanical, hydraulic, electrical systems is often completed in 12-15 months. Technical capabilities span the entire engineering spectrum. These skills have been demonstrated in successfully delivered systems, including Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs); Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs); saturation diving systems; surface and sub-surface vehicle launch and recovery systems; advanced offshore cranes; and life support systems.

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Position Summary

The Principal Systems Engineer applies leadership of systems engineering fundamentals for manned subsea systems to provide guidance to the portfolio's engineering and design activities under the direction of a program manager. The Principal Systems Engineer will be required to interact with other OTECH personnel and guides systems engineering efforts to meet the client's requirements. The Principal Systems Engineer will provide guidance to engineering design process through the development of systems engineering documentation, including concepts of operations, requirements specifications, interface control documents and drawings, mission configuration matrix, hazard analysis, life support systems analysis, compartment atmosphere analysis, test plans, and test procedures. The Principal Systems Engineer should also have a background in life support systems, environmental control, and human factors engineering and thermal problems both in and out of the water.

Sign-On Bonuses are available for specific experience and skills.

The position will be based in our Hanover, MD office and will be hybrid-remote until our return to the office post-pandemic. Applicants are expected to be able to travel to the Hanover office as needed.

Currently, we are working remotely or hybrid-remote to reduce in-person office traffic, and keep our employees safe. We expect to continue to offer flexible work schedules after the pandemic, conditional to business needs.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Has provided system engineering leadership on a manned subsea systems in accordance with both US Navy certification requirements such as SS800-AG-MAN-010/P-9290, SS521-AA-MAN-010 as well as commercial classification society rules such as ABS, DNV, Lloyd's, etc.
  • Must have knowledge of system level requirements as defined in both US Navy specifications and commercial codes and standards documentation required for initial certification/classification and sustainment.
  • Shall be familiar with diving physiology and its impacts on system requirements, design, analyses, and testing.
  • Shall be familiar with structural engineering as it related to subsea manned engineering.
  • Support a safety culture within the team that is in compliance with Oceaneering's Life Safety Rules and HSE program.
  • Shall perform analysis of user requirements, concept of operations documents, and high level system architectures to develop system requirements specifications.
  • Analyze system requirements and work closely with project lead engineer on design and development activities. Guide users in formulating requirements, advise alternative approaches, and conduct feasibility studies.
  • Provide technical leadership for the integration of requirements, design, and technology, incorporate new plans, designs, and systems into ongoing operations, develop technical documentation, system architecture, and system design documentation.
  • Guide system development and implementation planning through assessment or preparation of system engineering management plans, system integration & verification plans, and test plans and procedures.
  • Take an active leadership role in Bid and Proposal efforts including cost estimating, technical approach definition, and input to baseline schedule data.
  • Provide system level oversight to a myriad of ADTECH Technical Working Groups, including assessing and improving ADTECH processes and capabilities.
  • Some travel may be required.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities
  • Supervise other System Engineers on assigned projects.
  • Plans, organizes, and works closely with an inter-disciplinary staff of engineers, drafters, and technicians performing a variety of projects.
  • Evaluate staff progress and results obtained.

Reporting Relationships
  • Reports to OTECH Management.
  • Reports to Program/Project Manager in accordance with project organizational chart.
  • Interfaces with the Hyperbaric System Portfolio Chief or Principal Engineer as identified in the project organizational chart.


  • BS degree in Mechanical Engineering, Marine/Ocean Engineering, or Systems Engineering. Commensurate experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Work experience in either commercial or government manned subsea systems such as human occupied vehicles, diving systems, decompression/recompression systems, or subsea habitats.
  • Fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • Minimum 20 years of practical experience in Systems or Subsea Engineering.
  • Three or more years of management experience leading multidisciplinary design teams.
  • Minimum 16 years of experience with
  • contributing to the development of sections of systems engineering documentation, including system engineering plans, initial capabilities documents, requirements specifications, and interface control documents
  • managing system requirements and derived requirements to ensure the delivery of production systems that are compatible with the defined system architectures, including Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF and Service-oriented Architecture (SOA)
  • assisting with the development of system requirements, functional requirements, and allocation of the same to individual hardware, software, facility, and personnel components
  • participating in the development of system engineering documentation, including system engineering plans, initial capabilities documents, requirements specifications, and interface control documents
  • system requirements and stakeholder needs, including functions that may be logically inferred and implied, as essential to system effectiveness
  • Working knowledge with an SEDB tool (CRADLE, DOORS etc)
  • 5 Years of experience at the design engineering level
  • Candidate will have to perform in an ISO-9000 rated company in a rapidly changing and demanding atmosphere.
  • Must be a US citizen
  • Be able to obtain a TS/SCI CI poly security clearance

  • Master's degree in related field, Systems Engineering preferred.
  • INCOSE/CSEP/ESEP Certificate.
  • Work experience with US Department of Defense or UK Ministry of Defense.
  • May be widely recognized for achievements, technical expertise, and professional standing within selected field.

Computer Skills
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual should have strong knowledge of Microsoft 365 products.

Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for all positions without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or other non-merit factors.
More Information on Oceaneering
Oceaneering operates in the Automotive industry. The company is located in Houston, TX. Oceaneering was founded in 1964. It has 11000 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Dental Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits, 401(K), Paid Holidays, Paid Sick Days. To see all 61 open jobs at Oceaneering, click here.
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