General Dynamics Electric Boat Ship Signatures Engineer (Acoustic, Mechanical, Aerospace, Civil (Structural), Ocean Engineering Degrees) in Groton, Connecticut

Opportunity Details:


General Dynamics is the world’s foremost designer and builder of nuclear submarines, the most complex machines made by man. The company’s industry leadership extends back over a century to 1899 when it produced the U.S. Navy's first commissioned undersea warship. Today, Electric Boat prides itself on being the premier shipbuilding company in the industry. We develop and apply state of the art technology to the design and construction of nuclear powered submarines. With a team of highly skilled and dedicated employees, we have successfully taken submarine technology to a new level.

General Dynamics Electric Boat is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Job Description:

Exciting and challenging engineering positions are available in the Electric Boat Ship Signatures Department. These engineers are responsible for ensuring that the ship's components, systems and structures are designed and built to meet a submarine's challenging radiated noise requirements. Engineers in Ship Signatures play key roles in every area of submarine design and construction.

There are five general areas of engineering within the Ship Signatures department.

Ship Signatures Structural Acoustics groups are responsible for performing detailed analyses of the dynamic behavior of submarine structures using finite element, boundary element and statistical energy analysis techniques. The analyses are performed using state-of-the-art computer models which run on an extensive network of workstations. Knowledge of finite element or statistical energy analysis, submarine structural design tenets, EB analysis codes, and dynamics and vibrations is useful for these positions.

Ship Signatures Systems and C omponents engineers evaluate submarine systems and components, and develop/select noise control features to ensure the ship's radiated noise requirements will be satisfied. Acoustic and vibration testing is performed on submarines at sea, in port, at vendor facilities, and in government laboratories to support the system and structural acoustic design work. System and component engineers collaborate continually with component and system engineers as well as Design-Build-Sustain teams.

Ship Signatures engineers working in the Advanced Concepts and Noise Control group are involved in research to extend the state-of-the-art in advanced noise control technology and acoustic analysis methods, and to develop concepts for noise control of current and future submarine designs. Engineers in this group have knowledge in the areas of finite element and boundary element analysis, structures, electronic instrumentation and measurements, electronic component design, acoustic theory, signal processing, and system engineering, among others.

The Arrays, Treatments and Hydroacoustics group is responsible for designing and evaluating performance of external hull treatments, for prediction and control of noise generated by hydrodynamic flow, and for assessing platform noise levels to support sonar array performance. The group works closely with government laboratories to design, analyze, test and validate noise control solutions. Through R&D efforts, the group also develops, validates and implements novel numerical modeling methods to extend the state-of-the art finite element analysis tools and capabilities. 

The Acoustic Test Programs group is responsible for acoustic testing and resolution of acoustic problems on new construction and commissioned submarines. Work includes setup and performance of acoustic testing of the fully constructed ship dockside and at sea, data evaluation, diagnostic investigation, problem resolution, and reporting. This group is also responsible for the development and performance of special tests to investigate acoustic issues, extensive evaluation of special test results, development of in-depth familiarity with related engineering aspects of the systems, components and structures associated with acoustic issues, and corrective actions.

Education/ Experience:

A Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Mechanical, Civil (Structural), Aerospace, Acoustic or Ocean Engineering is required. The majority of the engineers in the Ship Signatures department have Mechanical Engineering degrees. Civil, Aerospace, Acoustic and Ocean Engineering degrees are represented.

Course work or experience in dynamics, acoustics or vibrations is desired.

Recent graduates are encouraged to apply, as are students planning to graduate in December of 2016 or May of 2017.

Candidates must have 0-5 years of experience.


Ship Signatures engineers prepare technical reports and presentations to document their work. Attention to detail and technical writing skills are essential and required.

Ship Signatures engineers work closely with several design and engineering departments at Electric Boat, outsidecollaboratingagencies, and the Navy Customers. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are necessary. Much of this will be learned on the job. A willingness to learn these skills is required.

All staff receive significant on-the-job education of the submarine acoustic design methods. Graduate study in acoustics is encouraged but not required.

Requisition ID 2016-9341

Location US - CT - Groton

Trade Engineering

Remaining Openings 16

Post End 11/11/2016

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