Senior Lead Field Engineer

Marine Construction · Long Beach, California
Department Marine Construction
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation DOE


The Senior Lead Field Engineer (Survey) is responsible for all aspects of Survey within our marine construction projects including providing technical/operational expertise to the Operations Team. This includes overseeing or completing the collecting, processing and reporting of all surveys to both the operations team and the Admin team.  In addition, the Senior Lead Field Engineer (Survey) generates and reviews project survey requirements from completion to final approval. The Field Engineer is also responsible assisting the Project Manager in establishing, maintaining and performing all duties required to provide administrative support for dredging project jobsites.  The Senior Lead Field Engineer is also responsible for managing and leading the project based Field Engineers.


WHAT YOU’LL DO:        

  • Lead survey team and Manage Survey Assets (Boat, Trailer, Sonar, etc.)
  • Develop project plan with project management
  • Capture and Utilize survey data to advise/plan daily dredge plan
  • Act as the lead contact for our clients an all survey matters
  • Collect and interpret data to aid both the current project and provide the bid team with production data to use as part of the bidding process
  • Responsible for all technical/operational aspects of survey in the assigned project within the guidelines set by the Project Manager and customer
  • Lead and manage Field Engineering staff on the project
  • Generate daily survey related deliverables and discuss survey results with Project Manager and crew
  • Perform survey related calculations and compute payment quantities
  • Define, generate, and review project requirements documentation within defined scope
  • Develop work plans and hazard analysis to ensure safety and efficiency
  • Perform document control tasks including schedules, correspondence, submittals, progress payments, and change orders
  • Resolve of engineering, material and planning issues
  • Ensure implementation of improved engineering processes
  • Work with purchasing department on vessel specific purchases needed which includes sourcing from appropriate vendors and arranging the shipment
  • Be the lead on all maintenance needs of the survey boats and trailers
  • Tow the survey boat to the project site using company vehicles
  • Develop/update project schedule and identify potential conflicts or delays in the project timeline and work to resolve
  • Track, analyze and generate reports of project progress and productivity
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant regulatory agencies
  • Calibrate, troubleshoot & maintain survey and vessel positioning systems
  • Processing contract pay estimates and billings
  • Assist Project Manager with project submittals


Mental Aptitudes

  • Experience in identifying and anticipating design/production work sequence conflicts required
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required
  • Demonstrated knowledge of scheduling, possess an ability to monitor progress to schedule and adhere to strict deadlines required
  • Willingness and ability to spend time onboard the vessel going up and down staircases and vertical ladders required
  • Innovative Thinking – ability to look beyond the standard solutions
  • Integrity – demonstrated commitment to ethical principles and guidelines
  • Efficiency – ability to multi-task and work efficiently in an environment with many interruptions
  • Self-motivated team player with a strong work ethic
  • Ability to effectively manage projects that vary in nature and scope
  • Strong management and organizational skills
  • Strong negotiation skills both verbal and written
  • Ability to understand and execute complex oral and written instructions
  • Ability to work independently with minimal or no guidance
  • Ability to get along with office staff and vessel crewmembers
  • Confidence to initiate correspondence with crewmembers and staff
  • Must be able to read, speak, write, type, and understand English in person and over the telephone
  • Work outside as well as inside in an office environment
  • Must comply with all work rules, including those that pertain to safety and health

Physical Aptitudes

  • Must meet “fit for duty” requirements upon job offer (pre-employment physical and drug test)
  • The employee must meet physical requirements including but not limited to, walking, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, climbing up/down ladders and stairs, negotiating uneven and moving surfaces
  • Must be comfortable entering tanks and other confined spaces
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds unassisted
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus
  • Ability to work when exposed to odors, dust, dirt, mechanical hazards, high noise levels, and potentially hazardous equipment

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Construction Management required
  • 3+ years’ experience in Survey, ideally hydrographic
  • Computer literate and proficient in Microsoft Office desktop programs, especially MS Excel
  • Proficient with AutoCAD, Hypack and/or other Survey software
  • Proficient with RMS 3.0 desirable
  • Knowledge of MS Project or Primavera P6 desirable
  • OSHA 30-Hour certification required
  • Ability to operate small marine vessels preferred
  • USACE CQC certification required
  • Technical understanding of construction and maintenance of marine vessels
  • Ability to read and understand technical manuals and drawings, ABS, USCG rules
  • Valid Driver’s License with clean driving record required
  • Valid TWIC (or ability to get one).


Position Type / Schedule

  • Full Time Position; Minimum 40 hours
  • May involve travel to several locations and extended stays outside of home port. Long hours, short notice travel, weekend duties, and occasional 24 hour on-call status essential job requirements.



  • Competitive Compensation
  • Generous benefits package including Medical (Dental, Vision, STD & AD&D/Life Insurance at no cost for employee’s coverage) with additional option to elect incremental Life Insurance for employee and dependents and choice to elect Health and/or Dependent Flexible Spending Account

Curtin Maritime is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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  • Location
    Long Beach, California
  • Department
    Marine Construction
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation