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Test Director - Submarine HM&E Systems

Company Profile


Oceaneering Marine Services Division (MSD) has over 30 years of experience providing full-service submarine and surface ship repairs supporting maintenance and alterations aboard commercial and U.S. military vessels. We are SUBSAFE and DDS-SOC certified and perform high-consequence maintenance on assets that operate in demanding environments.

Position Summary


As a Test Director at Oceaneering, you will have a hands-on role, directly involved in the testing processes for our cutting-edge technologies and systems. From planning and executing test programs to analyzing results and driving continuous improvement, you will ensure that our products meet the highest standards of quality and performance. Your expertise in test strategy development, team leadership, and collaboration will be essential in driving innovation and delivering exceptional results.

Expectations of this function are: 

  • Being a self-motivated and focused individual with a strong attention to detail and high ethical standards.
  • Performing basic engineering tasks and conventional design that may vary in nature.
  • Having the ability to read and interpret blueprints, as well as SUBSAFE requirements.
  • Being capable of working as part of a team of managers and technical personnel while supporting multiple projects.
  • Possessing strong organizational skills and an analytical/logical approach.
  • Demonstrating the ability to synthesize diverse information (technical, schedule) and exercise good judgment.
  • Exhibiting good technical judgment and being expected to provide some independent evaluation, originality, and ingenuity.
  • Demonstrating ability and willingness to perform hands-on testing work regularly in physically demanding environments, including ship or submarine engine rooms, involving tasks such as carrying pumps and other related activities.

Duties & Responsibilities


  • Directs test operations, and ensures testing operations are performed in accordance with approved procedures.
  • Reviews test procedures, TGIs (Task Group Instructions) & OQE (Objective Quality Evidence) to ensure testing accomplished will meet all the requirements.
  • Ensures all testing or required operations that will be performed during the assigned shift are listed on the LAT/TPOD and/or SPOD. If testing or operations are not listed on the LAT/TPOD, the TD shall not proceed before obtaining an approved change to the LAT/TPOD and/or SPOD.
  • Ensures all prerequisites are satisfied and shall brief the personnel supporting the test on the requirements for performance of the test. TD shall also brief the Shipyard and Ship’s Watch/Duty Officer of test status. The TD shall hold all members of the test team accountable to the TWD and follow all instructions concerning the test documents. Prerequisites include but are not limited to: a. Conduct a thorough test boundary installation check.
  • Perform test set-up and assembly of test equipment as directed by TWDs. Develop system alignments verify they are performed and complete.
  • Conduct a review of approved procedures prior to performance. Resolve any test document questions/concerns prior to proceeding to test.
  • Responsible for preventing or stopping work or testing which could prevent safe performance of operations listed on the LAT/TPOD or SPOD.
  • Ensures the personnel supporting the test are briefed on the requirements for performance of the test.
  • Upon completion of the test, the TD shall review the document for completion and evaluate shipyard shipboard test results and problems and take appropriate corrective actions.
  • Restores the system to a safe condition, as specified in the test document, and notifies the ship’s Duty Officer that testing is complete.
  • Reviews Work Packages to determine the appropriate testing to be accomplished. Develop Supplemental Test Instructions to support required testing. Develop and maintain a Test and Inspection Plan.
  • Provides technical support to the project interfacing with engineering, planning, and production personnel to define testing plan.
  • Develops, writes and processes proposed tag outs WAFs (Work Authorization Forms) and the resulting TORS (Tag Out Records Sheets) when required.
  • Daily interface with SF and project personnel, and interface functions with other test organizations as identified by the Test Engineer Manager are an integral part of this task.
  • Attend project meetings to provide input as necessary.




  • Bachelor’s Degree in a mechanical or electrical discipline from an accredited college or university or AS in a mechanical or electrical discipline from an accredited college or university with additional working knowledge of Submarine structural, mechanical and/or electrical system repair/installations.
  • In lieu of a degree, a graduate of a Shipyard Apprenticeship Program with a minimum of five (5) years supervisory experience in Submarine/Shipboard structural, mechanical and/or electrical system repair/installations; or qualified Submarines with six (6) years of experience performing Submarine structural, mechanical and/or electrical system repair/installations.


  • A minimum of five (5) years experience in Submarine structural, mechanical and/or electrical system repair/installations.
  • Minimum of six (6) years technical knowledge and operational experience with Naval Submarine and/or Surface HM&E systems. Working knowledge of SUBSAFE & Level 1, drawing and NAVSEA approved testing and certification/re-certification requirements.
  • High comprehension of current testing requirements for certification/recertification of U.S. Navy submarines, surface ships, and special purpose vehicles/systems in order to serve as the subject matter expert.
  • Have HM&E systems experience such Trim & Drain, High Pressure Air, Hydraulics, Power Generation/Dist., Switchboards/Panels, Circuit Breakers, Battery Systems, Shore power, Interior Communications, Announcing Circuits, Alarm/Indication/Monitoring Systems, Temporary Alarms/Communications, Ballast Control Systems, Steering and Diving Control Systems, etc.  
  • Minimum of four (4) years technical experience and operational knowledge with Dry Deck Shelters (DDS) HM&E maintenance. In-Depth working knowledge of Deep Submergence Systems/Scope of Certification (DSS/SOC) and Divers Air Life Support System (LSS) Cleanliness requirements.
  • High comprehension of Dry Deck Shelter (DDS)Testing requirements for certification/re-certification of U.S. Navy Deep Submergence System (DSS) in order to serve as the subject matter expert.
  • Must be able to obtain a U.S. DoD Secret Security Clearance.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen who is not a dual citizen of any other country.


  • Strong computer skills.  Working knowledge of Microsoft Suite and PeopleSoft experience is a plus.   
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Background knowledge in government and commercial contract requirements. 

Additional Information


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The shipyard/base/manufacturing work environment; the site may contain mobility barriers with uneven ground level and obstructed pathways.  Climatic and environmental conditions at the job site will be indoor/outdoor climate with various temperatures and noise levels caused by tools, machinery, equipment, and etc.

Employee may be required to do the following: ability to access and work in confined spaces, reaching in all directions, handling and manipulating objects and materials; coordinating the movement of eyes, hands and fingers to operate machines and equipment; lifting 50 lbs from ground level, waist level, and/or overhead; carrying objects, etc.; ascending/descending inclined ships gangways; climbing ladders, standing; crawling, squatting, bending, sitting; walking; seeing with or without correction; hearing with or without correction; following set procedures and  standards; applying basic mathematical skills; following oral and/or written directions; reading; writing; ability to recognize and report safety hazards. Protective equipment will be required to be worn at all times. This is Medium work.

(Exerting up to 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or 10 to 25 pounds of work frequently and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.  Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for Light Work).

Equal Opportunity Employer


All qualified candidates will receive consideration for all positions without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or other non-merit factors.