Propulsion Systems Commissioning Engineer

Location: Portsmouth

Salary: £44,604

What you’ll be doing:

  • Perform and lead in the maintenance and operation of power generation and propulsion (P&P) equipment on Royal Navy vessels. Propulsion Equipment includes, but is not limited to; Diesel Engines, Transmissions, Shaft lines, Generators, Gas turbines, and HV systems with a mechanical bias. Responsibilities also cover supporting systems for power and propulsion systems such as fuel, freshwater, HP Air, Seawater, and sullage
  • Inspection, maintenance, commissioning and defect diagnosis of P&P equipment and their associated systems
  • Applying knowledge, skill and experience in order to resolve issues and faults associated with the operation and performance of propulsion systems
  • Planning, coordinating, conducting and presenting designated trials and commissioning activities, to all stakeholders
  • Operating Safe Systems of Work that comply with the company SHE procedures and processes at all times
  • Be able to work with technical autonomy and provide advice and guidance to other technical staff
  • Providing mentorship and technical guidance to less experienced engineers
  • Engaging with customers and authorities in writing, by telephone or face to face to discuss technical issues and problems
  • Providing information and technical advice to assist in the compilation of estimates, programs and work packages

Your skills and experiences:


  • Level 3 NVQ in a Mechanical Engineering discipline, or relevant industry experience.
  • Level 4 HNC in an engineering discipline, or willingness to work towards a Level 4 HNC
  • Demonstrable technical knowledge / broad experience of Diesel Engines and Generators, their maintenance and inspection requirements
  • Experience with maintenance, inspections, setting to Work, functional testing, fault diagnosis and defect rectification on Power and Propulsion Systems
  • Commissioning or operating experience on ship systems
  • Experienced in report writing with strong stakeholder management and people skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications
  • Happy to work in a role where you can be deployed for up to 2 weeks at a time, and up to 6 times per year


  • Experience working on engines manufactured by the following OEM’s:  – “MTU” – “Wärtsilä” – “Caterpillar”
  • Electrical qualifications/experience
  • Familiar with complex warships
  • Willingness to keep abreast of technological initiatives and updates


You’ll receive benefits including a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. You’ll also have access to additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and employee discounts – you may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

The Services team:

The Propulsion Systems Services Team provides engineering support to Naval Base operations, through-life maintenance and technical support to Power and Propulsion Systems on Royal Navy surface ships such as; Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) Aircraft Carriers, Type 45 (T45) Destroyers, Type 23 (T23) Frigates, HUNT class (MCMV). 

The Propulsion Systems Services Team work collaboratively with all areas of BAE Systems Maritime Services to provide ship availability and respond to critical operational defects to get RN vessels back to sea and on operation.

As a Propulsion Systems Commissioning Engineer you will deliver to a variety of stakeholders as part of a closely knitted and evolving team. You will have the opportunity to work alongside highly skilled individuals who will encourage and enhance your personal development, where you will also have the chance to share your knowledge to allow the continued growth of the team and deliver service excellence to our customers.

Why BAE Systems?

This is a place where you’ll be able to make a real difference. You’ll be part of an inclusive culture that values diversity, rewards integrity, and merit, and where you’ll be empowered to fulfil your potential.

We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our industry, including women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals. We also want to make sure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible. If you have a disability or health condition (for example dyslexia, autism, an anxiety disorder etc.) that may affect your performance in certain assessment types, please speak to your recruiter about potential reasonable adjustments.

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and your place of birth may limit those roles you can perform for the organisation.

Closing Date: 12th April 2024

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

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