Automation Engineer R&D


Antonieta Pichinte

Recruitment Partner Consultant at Van Storm

Job summary:

Tasks: Research and development of automation solutions, digital twins, and system integration

Projects: R&D projects for defense and security vessels  

Company: naval shipbuilder, part of global shipbuilding group

Main requirements: +3 years of experience and understanding of ship systems automation

Your opportunity

As an Automation Engineer R&D, you will be working on the newest technologies of the naval division of a world-leading Dutch shipbuilding group. You will be involved in research and development projects related to automation, digital twins, and system integration of complex control and decision support systems. You will contribute to the proposals by understanding and interpreting clients’ requirements and providing them with design solutions.

What you will do

  • Participating in research projects in the field of automation and system integration
  • Preparing the design and implementation of next-generation automation solutions
  • Assessing and integrating existing hardware and software products with new platforms 
  • Developing and testing integrated mission management solutions
  • Supporting the project teams with your technical advice regarding automation solutions in various project phases, such as engineering, production, and commissioning
  • Improving the standardization and integration of the automation solutions for building semi-standard naval vessels  

Where you will work

This close client of ours is the leading Dutch developer and builder of marine defense systems. With a strong engineering and yard team, they are delivering world-class complex naval ships to navies around the world. In the current geopolitical climate, the organization is expanding significantly and providing excellent opportunities for professional growth.

  • New technologies galore: state-of-the-art naval technology, digital twinning, virtual reality, and more!
  • Well-established shipyard with a long-lasting track record, part of a global shipbuilding group
  • Excellent market outlook: order book filled way into the 2030s and still more projects expected
  • Cooperating with knowledgeable colleagues, learning and sharing insights

What you already have

  • +3 years of experience in Automation solutions in Shipbuilding
  • BSc. or MSc. degree in a relevant engineering discipline
  • A practical and customer-oriented approach, since you will be involved in defining solutions and integrating new systems
  • Investigative and solution-seeking attitude, as you will have to come up with solutions to newly appearing issues
  • Ability to work in a highly complex technical environment, so expect to be positively challenged
  • Excellent communication skills and fluent English, so you can communicate efficiently with your multi-cultural team. Willingness to learn Dutch is much appreciated!
  • Available for full-time in Vlissingen, but the Rotterdam area could be an option as well
  • Experience in shipbuilding and knowledge in graphical user interface design and programming are huge assets 
  • EU citizenship is a must, due to the nature of the military projects

Your benefits

  • 40 paid holidays per year for an excellent work-life balance
  • Salary based on expertise starting from 50K gross per year
  • Covered commuting and interviewing costs
  • Business Travel Insurance
  • Basic Dutch course, so you will understand the Dutch jokes during the coffee break
  • Access to social gatherings, lectures, and events, so you will meet like-minded friends within the Dutch Maritime Industry. We also offer you a 1-year membership of KNVTS, Royal Dutch Association of Marine Engineers.
  • Housing search support and registration provided by Van Storm 

Sounds interesting?

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