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 technical advice on concept designs for these systems in the Hunter Class Frigate Project Office on a short-term basis. The position is based in Canberra Australia.

The successful candidate will be able to work full time in Australia.


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
  • An ability to mentor and share experience and lessons with the project team membership to build mechanical engineering skills and abilities in the project team
  • An ability to influence thinking and advocate for the Project team’s interests across multiple program stakeholders with divergent interests
  • An ability to rapidly assimilate information and come up with viable concepts for solutions
  • A positive, solutions-orientated attitude

The position requires the following high-level knowledge and understanding:

  • Strong knowledge and experience in naval ship / submarine electrical systems
  • Experience in design and specification of marine electrical systems and distribution 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.
  • Understanding of the survivability aspects of naval ship electrical systems
  • Professional Engineering Credential (in Electrical or Marine Engineering) desired
  • Experience in the use of 2D CAD tools desired.


The position will include the following responsibilities:

  • Support the Principal Naval Architect in producing concept designs
  • Derive concepts, assess the risks and feasibility of their integration for key electrical systems
  • Conduct calculations applying electrical engineering principles, techniques, procedures and criteria for naval ship designs
  • Analyse ship systems and identify technical and operational characteristics including performance design drivers, key interfaces, and risks
  • Engagement with the existing team to address provision of electrical requirements, and establishment of the associated interfaces
  • Engage with the relevant experts to assess and advise on suitability of system transverse 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.