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Engineer, Principal - Technology

Engineer, Principal - Technology

Engineer, Principal - Technology

Houston, TX

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Why ABS?

Because our people make the difference! What we do matters, both towards the safety of the environment and people.

ABS and its affiliated companies are global leaders in marine and offshore classification and other innovative safety, quality, and environmental services focused on the marine, energy, and government sectors. With more than 5,000 employees, in over 70 countries, ABS and its affiliated companies offer a dynamic work environment and multiple avenues for career growth.

History of ABS, what we do, and who we are.

Since its founding in 1862, ABS has been committed to setting standards for safety and excellence as one of the world’s leading ship classification organizations. We search for and establish the best solutions for the industries we serve and are at the forefront of marine and offshore innovation. In a constantly evolving industry, ABS works alongside its partners tackling the most pressing technical, operational, and regulatory challenges so the marine and offshore industries can operate safely, securely, and responsibly. With a passion for making the world a safer place, while also delivering practical and innovative solutions, ABS stands ready to assist and advance the marine and offshore industries.

What You'll Do:

Our Corporate Technology group is looking to add an Electrical Engineer, Principal to their team. We want the right people who want to innovate, achieve, and lead within our organization.

As an Electrical Engineer yo will actively engaged in driving industry-leading research and development activities associated with the electrification and hybridization of the marine and offshore industries. This can include leading industry projects, developing Classification Society requirements, guidelines, and assessing the maturity of new technologies.

Other Tasks:

  • Develops suggested Rule changes and/or Rule development projects as assigned. Advises staff in matters related to the application of Rules and Regulations.
  • Assists in the development of qualification statements, proposals, and bids; make the presentation of these materials to prospective clients when necessary.
  • Supports ABS’ technical community of electrical/automation & control engineers’ network during discussions of technical subject matter in the area of expertise.
  • Writes and presents technical papers in the area of expertise and on the work developed
  • Participates in industrial societies and maintains activities and future developments in the area of expertise
  • Maintains an active awareness of technical, business, and management developments affecting the present and potential customers and communicates this information promptly to the appropriate senior-level managers.
  • Offers technical advice to field operations and other technical offices.
  • Performs work that involves conventional engineering practices but may include moderately complex problems such as the resolution of conflicting design requirements, material standards, or coordination of activities among other disciplines.
  • Proposes new approaches to problems encountered and makes recommendations for changes in methods, procedures, or designs.
  • Drafts technically accurate and timely reports, and responses to letters, e-mails, and other forms of communication.
  • Interacts with clients to identify and resolve problems in the area of technical expertise.
  • Prepares accurate and timely weekly reports and billing on all work performed.
  • Communicate the status of the current workload to all appropriate members of the team to ensure the needs of the clients will be met.
  • Works as a team member within the group but may work autonomously most of the time.
  • Implements and maintains ABS Quality System requirements relative to responsibilities after undergoing ABS Quality System training.

Key Knowledge and Skills

  • Knowledge of new technology energy storage systems, such as battery system type installations onboard vessels. Knowledge of AC and DC power generation and power distribution systems.

  • Knowledge of power system analysis such as short circuit calculation, protection coordination studies, power flow, harmonics analysis, arc flash analysis, etc.

  • General understanding of existing and emerging technologies for energy storage (such as batteries, supercapacitors, flywheels, etc.) and power generation (such as fuel cells, dual-fuel engine- generator sets, etc.) for the production of electric power onboard vessels.

  • General understanding of design, installation and tests of PV Solar and/ or Wind assisted power generation onboard vessels.

  • General understating of design, installation, and tests of multiple electrical equipment deployed in marine and offshore applications (such as electric motors, variable frequency drives, transformers, switchgear, generator control, etc.)

  • General understanding of dynamic positioning systems and their electrical and control requirements as per classification societies.

  • Strong communicator with excellent oral and written communication skills. Excellent command of the English language.

  • Demonstrated computer literacy in engineering software (such as SKM Power Tools etc.).

  • Some knowledge of data analysis and modeling.

  • Proven ability to instruct others.

  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others.

What You'll Need:

  • Minimum of eight (8) years relevant engineering experience in a shipyard, design/consulting office, shipping/oil company, university, or classification society

  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or other related disciplines; M.S. is preferred

It'd be great if you had:


Due to the scope of work, you'll need to be:

US Citizen or Green Card Holder

Reporting Relationships:

  • Reports, as assigned, to a Manager or Director.

  • Collaborates with other appropriate organizational elements on assigned tasks and other matters of mutual concern.

Working Conditions:

Work is primarily sedentary. Occasionally exerting up to 10 pounds of force and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.

FLSA Status:


Disclaimer Clause:

This job description is not intended, and should not be construed, to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with the job of the incumbent. It is intended to be an accurate reflection of the principal job elements essential for making a fair decision regarding the pay structure of the job.

The American Bureau of Shipping is committed to the equal employment opportunity of its employees and prohibits discrimination against any employee or qualified applicant based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status or veteran status, or other non-work-related characteristics that may be protected under the law of the Federal Government or specific state employment laws.

Company: American Bureau of Shipping



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