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Principal Test Specialist Mechanical (Permanent)


Victoria, British Columbia, CA, V8Z 0B9

Onsite or Hybrid: 


Principal Test Specialist Mechanical (Permanent)

Victoria, BC (Band 4.2)


Expected Salary: $81,738 to $118,065


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.


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:

  • Manage, coordinate, and develop the resources of the Commissioning sections to safely complete system hand overs, testing, set to work, and commissioning of submarine systems.
  • Assign Test Directors to conduct system testing / commissioning based on the PTS’s knowledge of the individual’s qualifications, experience, and system knowledge of the Senior Test Specialist (STS) or Test Specialist (TS).
  • Conduct Test Director / Testing Activity verifications.
  • Ensure risks associated with testing and commissioning activities are identified, managed, recorded in approved Risk Assessments. The PTS are to verify testing activity risk categories are allocated correctly and communicate those risks to the Test Directors and the appropriate teams.
  • Provide overall coordination and supervision for the activities of STS and TS, applicable Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and risk management mitigations.
  • Authorize Ripout / Tagout packages across inter-related systems that pre-test system operation, isolate energy sources prior to Production activities, specify system re-test requirements and set-to-work instructions on completion.
  • Close liaison and coordination of outside authorities (i.e. DND, FMF, FSRs, OSMT, Project Delivery Team) involved with testing activities.
  • Close liaison with Joint Test Group (JTG) to understand testing requirements and close out commissioning deliverables.
  • To review, process and technical documentation in support of testing activities.
  • Identify risks and opportunities for improvement during the course of testing and maintenance.
  • Coordinate and lead daily team meetings and safety briefings
  • Participate in the development of junior personnel


The ideal candidate brings:

  • 10+ years of experience operating, testing or commissioning mechanical systems
  • A post-secondary education in a relevant field, preference for a technical /engineering discipline
  • Eligible for recognition as AScT or PEng designation, as applicable, in British Columbia
  • 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
    • Safety requirements for Lockout/Tagout and Confined Space Access 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
  • Strong computer skills including MS Office suite desirable
  • CAPM or PMP designation, an assetYou are eligible for a Canadian Secret Security and ITAR Clearance


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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