Naval Architect/Marine Engineer

Company Info

Name: Great Lakes Dredge and Dock

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Job Details

Location: Oak Brook, IL

Job Type: Full-Time

Min Education: BS Degree

Min Experience: 5-10 years

Required Travel: up to 20%

Date Posted: 08/15/2015


Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation is the largest provider of dredging, land reclamation and beach nourishment services in the United States, and the only U.S. dredging company with significant international operations. With the largest and most diverse dredging fleet in the US, Great Lakes serves a wide range of customers including the US Army Corps of Engineers; state, local and foreign governments; and private companies both international and domestic. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, GLDD has more than 200 pieces of dredging plant located strategically throughout North America and in various locations throughout the world. We are currently seeking a Naval Architect/Marine Engineer to join our team. This position will be based out of Oak Brook, IL and will require up to 20% travel. The Naval Architect/Marine Engineer will be able to take projects from conceptual design to completion with some supervision. The naval architect’s primary function will be supporting the GLDD fleet, modifying equipment to meet the need of specialized projects and designing and overseeing construction of new vessels.


  • Perform trim and stability analysis. Layout cargoes for transporting dredges and support equipment overseas. Perform deadweight surveys and inclining experiments to establish vessel lightship and centers of gravity. Perform resistance predictions and propulsion requirements for vessels. Design new equipment for specialized dredging service. Interface with the USCG and ABS ensuring that design efforts meet all applicable rules and regulations.
  • Take projects from conceptual design all the way through final design and implementation including:
    • Identify work scope of projects.
    • Schedule the project.
    • Create AutoCad arrangement drawings to support the project.
    • Perform all engineering needed for complete design.
    • Direct draftsman (GLDD or vendor) in the creation or modification of AutoCad detail drawings.
    • Work with outside engineering firms.
    • Review and approve drawings.
    • See projects through the regulatory body approval process.
    • Pre-inspect equipment to prove design installation and identify potential design and installation problems.
    • Write specifications.
    • Develop and maintain budgets and schedules.
    • Oversee fabrications and installations when required.
    • Obtain prices and schedules from shipyards and fabricators.
  • Quickly produce AutoCad drawings and sketches to meet the needs of the operations, production, maintenance and mechanical departments.
  • Mentor and guide designers and draftsmen in all facets of vessel and mechanical design.
  • Work with draftsman to provide as-built drawings upon completion of projects.
  • Maintain a high standard for equipment as set by Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, and regulatory bodies.
  • Create designs with a commitment to the Incident and Injury Free (IIF) safety program.


  • Strong background in stability and strength calculations is a must.
  • Excellent analytical skills, mechanical aptitude and ability to physically board and work on-board marine vessels are required.
  • Experience with GHS, AutoCad, Word and Excel is required.
  • Supervising shipyard work is a plus.
  • Bachelors Degree in Naval Architecture and/or Marine Engineering with 5-10 years marine experience is required.
  • Corporate office position with some travel required.


  • Competitive salary and bonus program.
  • 401(k) program that includes 100% company matching of the first 6% of employee contributions with immediate vesting. Annual profit-sharing contributions by the company to participants’ 401(k) accounts based on company’s annual performance.
  • Medical, Dental, Prescription, Life and Disability insurance plans.

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