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Design Engineer/Naval Architect


Whangarei, NZ, 0110

Onsite or Hybrid: 

Marine Industrial Design is looking for a Marine Design Engineer or Naval Architect to join the team based in Whangarei.


About the role


Are you an experienced Marine Design Engineer or Naval Architect seeking your next challenge? Join our innovative team in Whangarei, where you will provide cutting-edge engineering design services across diverse projects. Collaborate with industry-leading professionals and work with commercial clients and defence personnel. With a background in naval architecture, you will leverage your expertise in marine engineering while benefiting from a dynamic and rewarding work environment committed to quality, innovation, and client satisfaction.


We offer a competitive salary of $90k-$120k for a full-time (40hrs) position. You will provide technical design input, review and approve modelling and design outputs, and mentor less experienced staff. Leading projects, supporting Senior Engineers, and managing assigned projects to ensure timely and high-quality delivery are key aspects of this role. Building effective relationships with clients and identifying new business opportunities will contribute to business planning and growth strategies.


About you


You are a skilled Design Engineer or Naval Architect with a solid background in marine engineering, thriving in dynamic, project-driven environments. Your expertise in CAD software and proficiency in creating detailed design and production drawings make you an invaluable asset to our team. You excel at translating complex concepts into practical solutions and possess exceptional analytical and report-writing skills. Your strong interpersonal and communication abilities enable you to build and maintain effective client relationships.


Customer-focused and confident in your decision-making, you are committed to continuous improvement. Your experience in the marine industry, particularly in shipbuilding and repair, makes you a perfect fit for this role, especially if you have a background in naval architecture.


To be successful you will have


  • Degree or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering/Naval Architecture or associated technical discipline.
  • Minimum 3+ years’ experience in marine engineering design
  • Membership of an associated engineering body/council
  • Proficiency in CAD software packages, including 3D modelling.
  • Strong design and mechanical engineering knowledge.
  • Excellent analytical and report-writing abilities.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy in documentation and record-keeping.
  • Strong oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to lead and work effectively in a team.


Your future at Babcock – what we offer you 


  • We provide an agile work environment where you’re able to work onsite and remotely, and to set you up for this we provide a laptop and working from home kit if required.
  • Our work life integration policy brings together leave entitlements which include annual leave, wellbeing leave, paid parental leave, defence reservist leave plus more;
  • We will provide you with a supportive and engaging environment where you can grow your career, supported by our capability framework plus ongoing access to self-led learning modules through LinkedIn Learning and access to study leave;
  • You’ll have access to beRewarded which will provide you with endless discounts across retail, health, entertainment, travel and much more, plus novated leasing options and corporate shares plan;
  • You’ll be able to participate in our weRecognise program which is an opportunity to recognise the outstanding work our people do each and every day in living our principles which are Be kind, Collaborate, Be Curious, Think Outcomes, Be Courageous and Own & Deliver


Who we are


Babcock International Group, the aerospace and defence company, has been trusted to deliver bespoke, highly skilled engineering services for over a century.


Across Australia and New Zealand, Babcock has grown to a team of over 1,600 talented people, and we are on a path of continued growth and expansion. We operate across sectors such as defence, commercial marine, aviation, airports, communications, emergency services and engineering consultancy.


Locally in New Zealand, our wholly owned subsidiary business Marine Industrial Design (MID) is a well-respected Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering consultancy. Our team of professional Naval Architects, Marine, Mechanical and Design Engineers provide a blend of innovation and ingenuity, backed up by proven engineering experience. We are trusted by our clients to provide professional, pragmatic, and proven solutions to help their businesses succeed.


Some of the programs our wider team across Australia and New Zealand are proud to be a part of involve:

  • Providing emergency medical and search & rescue aviation services through our Aviation & Critical Services business;
  • Designing and supporting key systems for submarines and surface ships through our Marine business;
  • Providing fleet wide through life support and asset management services for Navy customers;
  • Managing critical assets for a range of sectors through our Land Business.


So, if you would like to join us and help create a safe and secure world, together, please apply via the ‘Apply Now’ button below.


To learn more about us visit


We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds and experience however, the successful candidate must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand and capable of obtaining a New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Security Clearance.


Please note, should your application progress you may be required to complete pre-employment checks. These checks may include but not limited to, reference checks, pre-employment medical, MOJ, security check, qualifications and right to work.


Babcock Australasia is a Circle Back Initiative Employer - we commit to respond to every applicant.


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