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Lead Engineer Shipbuilding

Lead Engineer Shipbuilding

Quick Facts

* Country
The Netherlands
* Experience
5+ years
* Location
Damen Shipyards Gorinchem (Gorinchem)
* Level of education
* Activity
* Job area
Engineering, Yachting


DAMEN is currently looking for a Lead engineer Shipbuilding for the Yacht Support team. DAMEN is the established leader in this developing market. We've taken great care to design the range to fit seamlessly on the superyacht scene, The Yacht Support brand represents a product line of purpose-built superyacht service vessels that accompany the mother ship all over the world, opening up new possibilities for the luxury yachting experience. Visit our dedicated website for more information about these vessel types:

As Lead Engineer Shipbuilding you are the specialist within your discipline. You will be responsible for the overall design of the project within your specialism. You provide technical specifications, maintain contact with suppliers, oversee new developments and perform background studies. In addition you will also supervise, assess and coach (Senior) Engineers on technical issues.

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem is the headquarters of the Damen Shipyards Group. DAMEN people, like the company itself, have an eye fixed firmly on the future, seeking out the path to their own potential and offering our clients the benefits of a partnership that lasts the lifetime of their vessels and beyond.

Tasks & Responsibilities

* Execute engineering in 4 phases: design check, basic engineering, detailed engineering and production support;
* Supervise a small team of engineers and monitor quality, assess input from our own employees, suppliers and subcontractors;
* Perform Class calculations, strength calculations, frequency, FEM and Fatigue calculations;
* Prepare steel construction plans, outfitting arrangement drawings, material take off and part lists;
* Structural design and the integration of steel outfitting and structures, such as hull doors, stairs, helicopter hangars etc;
* Coordinate the outsourcing of work to subcontractors;
* Support in client, Class and national authorities' approval process;
* Organize and monitor interfaces and system integration with other disciplines and co-makers;
* Prepare technical specifications for systems and equipment and/or assessment of supplier


* Bachelor's degree in Marine Engineering or Naval Architecture;
* At least 5 years of relevant work experience;
* You master good communication skills, preferably in Dutch and English;
* Experience with software packages such as AutoCAD and Nupas-Cadmatic.

You are quality conscious, you find that teamwork is important and you have good communication skills. You plan and organize your own work effectively and always keep the deadline in mind.


Here at DAMEN we realize supporting and managing many talented individuals is of great essence. We understand that the key to success is to find the right person for the right job. That's why we continually invest in your development. Damen offers you (in case of full time employment):
* a dynamic international working environment focusing on technology and innovation;
* a competitive salary;
* at least 40 days of annual leave;
* travel allowance;
* profit sharing & pension allowance;
* continuous focus on professional and personal development through our DAMEN Academy;
* an active social environment in terms of business culture, events & sports.

Pre-employment Screening

For certain positions, prior to extending an offer of employment, DAMEN will check and verify the following information: professional references, the authenticity of identity documentation and educational credentials, an integrity statement and a Certificate of Good Conduct (CGC). For some positions an assessment may be part of the application procedure.

Company information

The Damen Yachting division is a close cooperation between the Amels Yachts in Vlissingen and SeaXplorer and Yacht Support vessels in Gorinchem.

At Amels we built high-end luxury yachts with our renowned Amels brand and innovative Damen yachting portfolio. Amels operates the largest superyacht building yard in the Netherlands at our headquarters in Vlissingen, undertaking projects up to 83 metres from our Limited Editions range, as well as Amels Full Custom and a wide variety of refit projects up to well over 100 metres in length.

The Yacht Support brand represents a product line of purpose-built superyacht service vessels that accompany the mother ship all over the world, opening up new possibilities for the luxury yachting experience. The SeaXplorer brand consists of vessels that go beyond the superyacht circuit. True expedition yachts to take those on board off the beaten track to our planet's most adventurous destinations - in comfort and in style.

Damen and Amels are working closely together towards the continual development of these brands, including the integration of innovative technologies to reduce environmental impact to a minimum. A distinguishing feature of these markets is the high level of customer focus required. With that in mind, Damen and Amels have ensured the flexibility to integrate clients' custom touches. Typical examples include preparing the vessels for Tropical or Polar operations, helicopter installations such as fully enclosed hangars, dive centres, special tenders and toys. In addition to product development, these brands require a range of operational activities, consisting of project management, engineering, (project) purchase and project support.

Lead Engineer Shipbuilding

Damen, Gorinchem
Employment type: 
Permanent contract, Temporary fixed-term contract
Targeted title(s): 
Mechanical Engineer, Mechanical Engineering
Career level: