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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 539W
Category: Science & Engineering


As a professional registered engineer in the branch of ship design engineering prepares the most difficult and critical design, specifications, and estimates for marine engineering projects involving vessel construction and refurbishment. May direct the work of lower level designers.

Typical Work

Under the direction of the Senior Naval Architect, prepares the most difficult and critical design, specifications, and estimates for marine engineering projects; prepares designs, specifications, estimates and drawings for construction, modification and repair to the structure, outfitting, machinery, piping and ventilation systems of ferry vessels; maintains coordination with Vessel Masters and Staff Chief Engineers;  

Conducts ship check inspections to review or determine condition of vessels, equipment, and systems;  

Reviews and analyzes designs for contract proposals and work orders for Marine Division forces;  

Prepares final specifications and operating procedures for new equipment acquisition and application;  

Reviews and checks consultant and contractor drawings, specifications, and estimates for technical quality and contractual compliance; recommends adjustments and corrective measures to ensure satisfactory product or service; 

Supervises other professional staff and provides liaison with consultant staff and contractors as required to accomplish assigned projects;  

Performs other related work as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Professional registration in the branch of ship design engineering.  


One year of professional experience in the marine engineering or naval architectural field performing vessel structures or systems design, or as a shipyard project inspector. 

Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class: 7-12-85
Title change (formerly Marine Engineer, Transportation): 9-11-87
Revised definition, minimum qualifications, code change (formerly 6993) and general revision: 11-13-87
Revised definition and minimum qualifications: 10-15-99
Revised class code: (formerly 69660) effective July 1, 2007