NC 08595 OSP Rev. 291 MARINE DESIGN ENGINEER II by patrickoquinn


									                                                                                   NC 08595
                                                                                   OSP Rev. 2/91

                                    MARINE DESIGN ENGINEER II

This is advanced level marine design engineering work in planning, organizing, directing, supervising,
and participating in the preparation of plans, specifications and estimates for the construction of new
passenger and vehicle ferry vessels, and for the modification or repair of existing ferry and support
Employees supervise, plan, assign and evaluate the work of subordinates including performing the
associated administrative functions such as interviewing and recommending applicants for vacant
positions, providing on-the-job training, approving leave requests, counseling and disciplining
employees, and making major adjustments to methods, procedures, schedules, assignments and
project priorities. Employees plan and design the most complex marine projects including researching
the operational and design requirements for new vessels or for modifications to existing vessels;
designing and developing hull lines; calculating the hydrostatic and stability properties of hulls and
preparing data to be drafted into curves and graphs to meet architectural, engineering and regulatory
standards; and calculating, designing, reviewing and approving the general layout, structural design,
propulsion, piping, fire control and electrical systems to comply with standards and regulations.
Employees review, approve or reject technical data, plans and working drawings prepared by
contractors; evaluate and review proposed sub-contractors; and design equipment and machinery for
both on-board and shore installations. Work may also include researching equipment and maintenance
problems, researching and recommending maintenance schedules and maintenance levels for ferries,
making budget and manpower recommendations, and recommending private firms to supplement staff
when design or testing services must be let to contract. Work may include other duties and
responsibilities as assigned.


Variety and Scope - Work includes developing and writing specifications and estimates; evaluating and
selecting interior and exterior corrosive protection systems; interpreting marine design technical data
and requirements published by the Coast Guard and other regulatory agencies; and making the most
complex or controversial design decisions based on safety, construction and cost considerations.
Employees write contract specifications, terms and conditions, system requirements and testing
standards; interpret and administer contract plans, specifications and provisions; suggest or approve
alternate materials, methods or procedures in discussions with contractors; and negotiate differences
and resolve disputes with the contractor, and determine if contract terms and specifications are being

Intricacy - Work includes the design and major redesign of ferry and support vessels; design of
buildings, including all systems; research of design concepts; and interpretation of technical data and
regulatory requirements.

Subject Matter Complexity - Employees must apply a thorough knowledge and understanding of the
principles of marine engineering, and of the equipment, materials, and practices of shipbuilding trades.

Guidelines - Guidelines include rules and regulations published by the United States Coast Guard and
American Bureau of Shipping; National Electric Code; standards of the American Society of Mechanical
Engineers and American Society of Testing and Materials; id Department of Transportation Standard
Specifications for Construction. Employees must research material to cover gaps in the guidelines and
generally apply professional engineering methods and techniques.
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Nature of Instructions - Assignments are broad and general and usually in the form of objectives with
some large projects having a specified time frame and a budgeted amount.

Nature of Review - Some work is reviewed technically by the United States Coast Guard; however,
internal administrative review is only to ensure that objectives and schedules are met.

Scope of Decisions - Decisions directly affect the Division's marine maintenance facility, contract
shipyards, and material suppliers. Ultimately, they affect the operational crews and passengers.

Consequence of Decisions - Design errors could cause vessel construction or repairs to cost more than
the contract amount, delay operating schedules, and could possibly result in bodily injury and loss of life
for passengers, crew or shipyard maintenance personnel.


Scope of Contacts - Contacts range from officials and employees of the department, to contractors,
Coast Guard representatives, and vendors.

Nature of Purpose - Most contacts are for the purpose of discussing, explaining, any interpreting
regulations and policies concerning the design and construction of vessels. Employees must also use
persuasion and negotiation in the administration of contracts wit, shipyards.


Work Conditions - The major portion of work is performed in an office; however, considerable time is
also spent at shipyards and on board vessels.

Hazards - Work at shipyards exposes employees to the hazards of a heavy construction site.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities - Thorough knowledge of marine engineering and shipbuilding practices.
Considerable knowledge of naval architecture and electrical systems. Working knowledge of
metallurgy, protective coatings, and welding procedures. Writing skills to produce clear, descriptive
contract documents. Ability to communicate and negotiate with contractors in controversial situations;
ability to develop projects and to direct and evaluate the work of others; and physical ability to perform
inspections of vessels which requires climbing ladders and crawling through close spaces.

Minimum Training and Experience Requirements - Graduation from a four-year college or university
with a degree in mechanical engineering, marine engineering or naval architecture and five years of
experience in the design and development of plans and specifications for new vessels and conversions
and repairs to existing vessels; or an equivalent combination of training and directly related experience.

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