Careers in Engineering

As a premier maritime solutions provider, Gibbs & Cox offers exciting career opportunities for engineers of all levels of experience, from new graduates to seasoned maritime industry professionals. Our engineers generally work within one of the following disciplines:

  • Marine Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering

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Marine Engineering is the engineering discipline concerned with the designing a platform’s mechanical and fluid systems. The mechanical systems include the propulsion and auxiliary machinery systems. Propulsion Machinery is designed to transmit large amounts of power from the engines, often through a reduction gear, to the propulsor. The fluid or piping systems are designed to move any of several different liquids to where they are needed, including fuel and lubricating oil, fresh and seawater, compressed air, and ventilation air along with many others. For ships with Integrated Power Systems, or Hybrid-electric drive or all-electric propulsion systems, Marine Engineers work closely with our Electrical Engineers in the development of integrated design solutions. Similarly, the management of machinery control system signals is often performed in concert with Electrical Engineers. Marine Engineers typically are graduates of accredited programs in
the following majors:

  • Marine Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering

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Electrical Engineering is the engineering discipline concerned with the generation of electrical power, and distributing that power to equipment and services throughout the ship. The distribution system is a network of switchboards, circuit breakers, and electrical cabling. Power is often converted to different frequencies and voltages to supply equipment. Survivability of a platform’s electrical plant is of critical importance, and thus it is usually designed to shed non-vital loads in a damage situation. Tasks performed by electrical engineers include routing cable, switchboard and electrical equipment selection, Electric Plant Load Analyses, and Fault Current Analysis. Electrical engineers are also directly involved in the integration of interior (telephones, computer networks, and wireless communications) and exterior communications systems (radios, satellite), and mission systems (navigation, radars, Integrated Bridge Systems, sonars, weapons and countermeasures), into the ship design. Electrical Engineers typically are graduates of accredited programs in the following majors:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering Technology
  • Computer Science

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Structural Engineering is the engineering discipline concerned with the strength and durability of a platform’s structure. This includes the design of primary structural members of the platform, hull plating and equipment foundations. Structural engineers use a wide variety of tools to perform these tasks, including advanced software programs (such as finite element models) to analyze ship structure for basic static and dynamic strength, as well as resistance to fatigue cracking. Structural engineers also design the platform’s elements to withstand extreme shock loads and vibration. Structural engineers typically are graduates of accredited programs in the following majors:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Naval Architecture
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Engineering Science and Mechanics
  • Materials Engineering

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