Project Engineer (Electrical)

Re-engineering lighthouses, light vessels and buoys to help keep the mariner safe at sea

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  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering discipline
  • A mixture of office, lab, field and construction site work
  • Travel around coastline by car, ship and helicopter

The role of a project engineer is a varied one, with both project management and engineer duties. You are part of a team responsible for the delivery of large capital re-engineering projects right from the start; estimating costs and timescales, through detailed design, procurement of parts, testing, delivery to site, supporting installation, commissioning and ending with a successful handover. You also manage project budgets and report on progress as well as contributing to companywide design standards, research into new products, detailed fault diagnostics and ongoing support to the maintenance teams. The electrical systems are designed to last 20 years in the harshest of marine environments, so system quality and reliability are key objectives. The job gives a great sense of ownership and it feels highly rewarding to be involved in projects from end-to-end.

Attributes to make a successful Project Engineer:

  • Be willing to travel, working away from home, occasionally working at sea, at height and in all weather conditions
  • A can-do attitude, willing to get stuck-in and help with all aspects of the work
  • Have good problem solving skills, with the foresight to predict what could go wrong before it actually does
  • An ambition for getting it right-first-time with a keen eye for detail
  • Be great at organising and thoughtful planning, as you can’t just nip to the nearest shop whilst on a lighthouse 5 miles out to sea!

Possible pathways to this job

If you want to be an engineer, you will need A-levels in Maths and Physics.    A degree in Engineering or a technology related subject is essential to work in this sector.  For some roles, a degree in any engineering discipline may be acceptable.  For other roles, you would need a specific degree.

For some roles, a master’s degree will help you build industry specific skills.

Information about the employer

Trinity House is a charity dedicated to safeguarding shipping and seafarers, providing education, support and welfare to the seafaring community with a statutory duty as a General Lighthouse Authority to deliver a reliable, efficient and cost-effective aids to navigation service for the benefit and safety of all mariners.

As the General Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar, it provides over 600 aids to navigation to assist safe passage for vessels of all classes, from lighthouses and buoys to satellite-based systems.

Project Engineer (Electrical)

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