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Principal Test Specialist - Mechanical (Joint Test Group)


Victoria, British Columbia, CA, V8Z 0B9

Onsite or Hybrid: 


Principal Test Specialist – Mechanical (Joint Test Group) (Permanent)

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 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:

  • 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


The ideal candidate brings:

  • 10 years of experience testing or commissioning
  • A post-secondary education in a relevant field, preference for engineering discipline
  • Processes a current designation (or immediately eligible) as an AScT or EIT
  • 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, welding practices and
    • Detailed knowledge of safety requirements for Group Lockout as described by WorkSafe BC or equivalent Canadian Workers Compensation Legislation
  • Marine, offshore oil and gas drilling or 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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