Marine Structural Engineer

Job Description
Bluefin Robotics is a world leader in the development and fabrication of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and related technologies. The Marine Structural Engineer will design and implement structural and mechanical systems, assemblies and components used in AUVs and the handling of AUVís manufactured by Bluefin Robotics. The successful candidate will develop designs, addressing performance, safety, manufacturability, maintainability and cost, from concept through final production. Bluefinís customer base spans government, commercial, academic and research entities, and the engineering processes employed must effectively support this diverse client base and a variety of product delivery scenarios.


Conceptualize, develop and design vehicle lift systems and lifting-related components, pressure vessels, and other subsystems and components to meet requirements of Bluefin new product programs, and perform sustaining engineering for existing systems.

Identify appropriate factors of safety based on engineering design considerations, application, and recognized standards such as ABS and DNV.

Perform hand calculations, detailed structural modeling and FEA as needed to verify designs meet performance, strength, safety, and environmental requirements (lifting loads, factors of safety, handling of vehicles in various sea states, depth/pressure, temperature, weight, buoyancy)

Conduct analyses and trade-off studies in support of concept development and detailed design, to address performance, manufacturability, and cost.

Select materials and processes and manage dimensional tolerances to support supply chain constraints and manufacturability/cost targets.

Support business development by providing first-pass design and analysis of new product concepts for bids and proposals.

Assist in the development of in-house design tools, methodologies and expertise

Required Experience and Qualifications:

Minimum BSME or similar (MS preferred), with minimum 5 years relevant marine design experience.

Direct experience with design of lifting systems and related gear, deep sea pressure vessels, underwater vehicles, and PBOF cabling and connectors

High level of proficiency with 3D CAD modeling software such as SolidWorks (preferred) or Pro/ENGINEER, as well as structural design and analysis, particularly FEA tools such as ANSYS and COSMOS.

Familiarity with a wide range of industry-standard part fabrication and finishing methods and technologies, particularly for the marine environment; understanding of deep-sea vehicle design issues such as: effects of pressure, aging and fatigue of materials and galvanic corrosion protection.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as proficiency with Microsoft Office and tools for documentation of engineering calculations such as Mathcad.

Position and Location:

This is a full-time position located in Quincy, Massachusetts.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to:
resume2011 at
Please clearly state in the subject line what position you are applying for.

No phone calls, please. No unsolicited third-party recruiters or agencies, please.

About Bluefin Robotics
Bluefin Robotics is a world leader in the design and fabrication of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and related technologies. Founded in 1997, the company has grown to employ over 70 engineers, technicians and support professionals. Bluefin proudly serves government, commercial and scientific research sectors worldwide. Bluefin Robotics is a wholly owned subsidiary of Battelle. For more information, visit

Bluefin Robotics Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified Bluefin applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.



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