Principal Electrical Engineer- (Immediate Start)


Gibbs & Cox Australia Pty Ltd (GCA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Gibbs & Cox, Inc., America’s leading independent naval architecture, marine engineering and design firm. GCA is currently supporting Defence’s SEA5000-1 Hunter Class Frigate project team with advisory services across a range of technical and programmatic areas. As part of this work, we are seeking a person with skills and experience in engineering of naval ship electrical power generation, distribution, propulsion and power management systems, to provide critical design assurance services in the Hunter Class Frigate Project Office. The position is based in Canberra Australia.

GCA is seeking a capable and responsive individual to take on this responsibility. On offer is a very attractive salary package, comprehensive relocation benefits where required, and an exciting opportunity to apply your skills and experience to influence the development of Australia’s naval sector and future surface fleet.


The position requires the following high-level attributes:

  • Degree-qualified electrical or marine systems engineer with strong knowledge and experience in marine electrical power generation and distribution systems
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to engage with senior stakeholders and decision authorities and explain complex positions and issues
  • A positive, solutions-orientated attitude, with an ability to influence thinking and advocate for the Project team’s interests across multiple program stakeholders with divergent interests
  • An ability to mentor and share experience and lessons with the project team membership to build electrical engineering skills and abilities in the project team

Important / desirable attributes:

  • Knowledge and experience in naval ship / submarine electrical systems, including the survivability aspects of naval ship electrical systems
  • Experience in design and specification of marine electrical systems
  • Knowledge and experience in electrical propulsion systems and power management systems
  • Clear understanding of systems engineering process – from specification writing, requirement analysis and traceability through to system level design/interface, and requirements management.


The position will include the following responsibilities:

  • Assess and advise on key electrical system technical risks in the Hunter Class design
  • Support the review of technical deliverables from the project’s Head Contractor
  • Review calculations applying electrical engineering principles, techniques, procedures and criteria for naval ship designs
  • Engagement with the combat system delivery participants to address provision of combat system electrical requirements, and establishment of the associated interfaces
  • Assess and advise on suitability of system characteristics including performance and survivability implications
  • Mentor and share experience and lessons with project team personnel to advance electrical engineering skills and system knowledge within the project’s technical team