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Principal Test Specialist, Combat (Permanent)


Victoria, British Columbia, CA, V8Z 0B9 Ottawa, ON, CA, K1P 5E7 Halifax, Nova Scotia, CA, B3B 1E6

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Principal Test Specialist, Combat (Permanent)



Underpinned by a deep understanding of technology integration, asset management, and specialist training, Babcock International works with customers around the world to improve the capability, reliability, and availability of their most critical assets within the key market sectors of Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear.

In Canada, Babcock works in the Marine sector, where our teams provide critical and complex support to Canada’s submarine fleet. Our Canadian team is proud to be trusted to deliver key naval in-service support for the Royal Canadian Navy. We also operate in the Aviation sector, where Babcock ensures that the aircrew trainees of our partner nations receive the world’s best flying training. We deliver vital aerial emergency services and are proud to have been selected by the Government of Manitoba to deliver their wildfire suppression services, as well as key components of their critical air ambulance services. As well, we have expanded into the Canadian Nuclear Energy Industry. Cavendish Nuclear, a wholly owned subsidiary of Babcock International Group, is a leading nuclear services company with a growing national and global presence. Drawing on over 60 years of nuclear experience, Cavendish Nuclear provides specialized service solutions in Canada, with global capabilities across the entire nuclear life cycle.


Whether it is providing technical training instruction, developing training materials or maintaining critical training assets, Babcock is trusted by its customers to deliver world-class training solutions.

Babcock’s Purpose is to create a safe and secure world, together. Our Principles create the foundation for how we will do this. They keep us on the right course, unify the way we work and guide us towards success. By thinking, connecting, and acting in line with these Principles, we’ll deliver better outcomes for our Culture, Customers and Communities. Collectively at Babcock, our employees embody the Principles that help make us great at what we do:

  • Challenge the status quo, Be Curious, and ask, ‘how might we?’
  • Whenever measuring success, Think: Outcomes and positive impacts.
  • Be Kind to ourselves, each other, and our planet.
  • Babcock employees Collaborate – we are greater than the sum of our parts,
  • Be Courageous – be brave, ambitious, and determined.
  • Everyone has a part to play - Own and Deliver to be successful.


We encourage you to explore our Babcock Canada website to learn more about us at

In this role, you will:

  • Supervise a team responsible for completing the Verification and Acceptance of all Testing and Maintenance activities for various Victoria Class Submarine weapon and combat systems.
  • Determine the Test Requirements and Maintenance Activities required during Extended Docking and In-Service Submarine Work Periods and produce Test Form Indexes to identify contractual requirements that must be satisfied for each project, and Test Memoranda to divide the work period into achievable milestones in the project.
  • Oversee the conduct of significant test events to ensure standards are maintained and results accurately captured.
  • Review Test Documents to Authorize them for use and subsequently evaluate the results to verify they meet design performance standards and are safe for operations at sea for various Victoria Class Submarine weapon and combat systems.
  • Oversee the Safe Release of work for the weapons and combat sections.
  • Identify risks and opportunities during the course of testing and maintenance.
  • Be responsible for the Occupational Health and Safety of those temporarily assigned to be under your supervision.


The ideal candidate brings:

  • 10 years of experience testing or commissioning naval combat and/or marine electronic systems.
  • A post-secondary education in a relevant field, preference for a technical /engineering discipline.
  • Possess a current CET/AScT professional designation/qualification or equivalent qualification.
  • Strong communication skills; written, verbal and interpersonal in order to maintain close liaisons with Customer, Engineering, Project Management and Production staff.
  • Expert level knowledge in naval combat systems.
  • Strong working knowledge in a variety of other related technologies is considered an asset:
    • Field functional system testing;
    • Fibre optic applications, cable characteristics, connectors, termination, inspection and testing
    • Uninterrupted power supplies and switching
    • New construction commissioning or retro-commissioning
    • Detailed knowledge of safety requirements for Group Lockout as described by WorkSafeBC or equivalent Canadian Workers Compensation Legislation
  • Naval vessel experience would be considered a strong asset.
  • Proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, meaning that you must have received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the Government of Canada with the final dose at least 14 days prior to your start date.
  • You are eligible for a Canadian Secret Security and ITAR Clearance.


Applicants, please apply online at


Babcock Canada supports the safety and wellbeing of our employees through the following programs:

  • Contributions towards an employee’s physical and mental health
  • Wellness days
  • Supportive work life balance: flexible work schedule and competitive annual vacation time off
  • Comprehensive health and dental benefits
  • Pregnancy and Parental Leave top-up available
  • Employer matching of employee retirement contribution
  • Employee recognition and bonus programs
  • Support of professional development and reimbursement of membership dues
  • Relocation assistance for individuals and families
  • Babcock is committed to promoting a workforce without boundaries. One that welcomes everyone to contribute to our success regardless of race, nationality, colour, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, or age. If you require accommodation during any stage of our recruitment process, please let us know how we can assist you




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