Senior Test Specialist (Mechanical)

Posting Date: 21 May 2020

Location: Victoria, CA, V8Z 0B9

Company: Babcock

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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:


  • Ensure the safe operation of processes under their control
  • Provide coordination and supervision of system verification activities including equipment inspection, testing and commissioning
  • Direct employees during the commissioning of submarine systems and equipment
  • Supervise test and alongside trials shifts at the maintenance site
  • Manage sub-contractors
  • Identify and record defects using Babcock Canada IT applications
  • Lead equipment trouble-shooting, fault diagnosis and to generate proposals for corrective maintenance solutions
  • Ensure that inspection, demonstration, testing and analysis activities verify established technical requirements as well as meet quality and submarine safety program constraints
  • Coordinate and execute safe release of work processes
  • Machinery operation and maintenance activities
  • Strong communication skills in order to maintain close liaisons with Customer, Project Management and Production staff to reduce  possible conflicts in testing and safety implications to personnel or materiel can be readily identified and resolved
  • Carry out the role of Test Director when necessary due to system complexity or during off-nominal operational scenarios
  • Develop and maintain consistent Labour relations and facilitates productivity improvement opportunities
  • Conduct Sea Trials as required by the Commissioning Manager (not mandatory).


As our ideal candidate,


  • Strong technical skills including post-secondary education or apprenticeship in an engineering discipline or equivalent experience
  • Eligible for recognition as AScT, CTech, EIT or P.Eng designation, as applicable, in British Columbia
  • Experience with ISO Standard 15288 and systems engineering life-cycle an asset
  • Familiarity with ASHRAE Guideline 0-2013 commissioning processes, system optimization and ongoing commissioning an asset
  • Experience with functional and non-functional system inspection, demonstration and performance testing in new construction or retro-commissioning
  • Experience with measurement and analysis activities
  • Experience with LEED V4 Fundamental or Enhanced commissioning an asset
  • Excellent computer skills including MS Office suite
  • Ability to work with minimal direction
  • Marine or offshore oil and gas drilling experience desirable
  • Naval vessel operational or maintenance experience an asset
  • Submarine operational experience and equivalent machinery operator qualifications in a senior capacity an asset
  • Internal and external tank pressure testing is an asset, including large volume hydrostatic testing
  • Material fitness inspections, lifting appliance certification and strength testing of fixed components such as eye plates, bollards, capstans desirable
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning systems as well as Chilled Water cooling systems and equipment Set to Work experience desirable
  • Familiarity with pneumatic and hydraulic systems including pressurized storage cylinders
  • Diesel generator experience desirable
  • Gas turbine familiarity would be considered an asset
  • Bulk liquid storage and management experience would be considered an 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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