Principal Test Specialist (Mechanical)

Posting Date: 23 December 2020

Location: Victoria, CA, V8Z 0B9

Company: Babcock

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Principal Test Specialist (Mechanical)

Victoria, BC


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 is best known for our work in the Marine sector; providing critical and complex support to Canada’s submarine fleet. We are now expanding our Canadian business into the Aviation sector by providing Aerial Emergency Services to the Province of Manitoba.


Our business relies on our people delivering their best day in and day out. As individuals, we all make a difference to our colleagues, our customers and others who we interact with on a daily basis.  Collectively at Babcock, our employees exude the ‘Being Babcock’ principles that help make us great at what we do:


  • Always strive to deliver
  • Build great relationships based on trust
  • Safeguard customers’ reputations
  • Never compromise on health and safety
  • Challenge ourselves and each other
  • Respect people and value their diversity
  • Thrive on complexity
  • Trust our people to deliver


In this role, you will:


  • Set requirements for testing and verification activities for Victoria Class Submarine mechanical systems and equipment
  • Oversee the approval of documentation to control testing of submarine systems and equipment to verify design performance has been restored following equipment and system maintenance.
  • Develop and review verification specifications to align with industry standards for complex test and acceptance activities for mechanical systems
  • Conduct equipment trouble-shooting, fault diagnosis, and corrective maintenance as needed.
  • Verify testing defects are resolved using Babcock Canada IT applications and that full designed performance is restored to submarine systems
  • Coordinate and lead meetings of the mechanical Test Group to ensure test documentation is available to support the testing schedule and verification of results to support the delivery schedule of the submarine projects.
  • Be responsive to the Joint Test Group Chairman for dynamic program delivery requirements in a shipyard waterfront environment
  • Identify risks and opportunities during the course of testing and maintenance


As our ideal candidate you have,


  • 10 years of experience testing or commissioning mechanical systems
  • A post-secondary education in a relevant field, preference for a technical /engineering discipline
  • Possess a current professional designation/qualification such as an AScT, P.Eng., Canadian Armed Forces Certificate 4, 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 of one of the following marine systems as well as strong working knowledge in a variety of other related technologies:
    • Field functional testing of mechanical systems;
    • Hydraulic, high pressure air and auxiliary systems including their components, control and monitoring systems;
    • Propulsion diesel engines and ancillary systems including fuel, cooling, lubricating oil, induction and exhaust;
    • Marine propulsion systems including knowledge of shaft lines, propellers,  steering systems and their control systems
    • Piping systems, their test procedures and engineering standards;
    • Basic knowledge of metallurgy and welding practices; and
    • Detailed knowledge of safety requirements for Group Lockout as described by WorkSafeBC or equivalent Canadian Workers Compensation Legislation
  • Marine, offshore oil and gas drilling or naval vessel experience would be considered a strong asset
  • You are eligible for a Canadian Secret Security and ITAR Clearance


Applicants, please apply online through our LinkedIn posting or through our website at

Given our commitment to employee development across the board, employees enjoy a long and satisfying career at Babcock in an environment that values their contributions, rewards them properly, and is committed to their safety and wellbeing. Employee benefits may include but are not limited to:


  • Relocation assistance for individuals and families
  • Pregnancy and Parental Leave top-up available
  • Company sponsored continuing education
  • Employee recognition and bonus programs
  • Reimbursement of annual professional membership dues
  • Health and Wellness Program
  • Comprehensive health and dental benefits
  • Employer matching of employee retirement contributions
  • Paid vacation that increases with years of service


Babcock is committed to promoting employee equity and building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. If you require accommodation during any stage of our recruitment process, please let us know how we can assist you.

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