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Test & Trials Specialist - Flushing Lead & Auxiliary Systems

Irving Shipbuilding
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Test & Trials Specialist - Flushing Lead & Auxiliary Systems 

Located at 3099 Barrington Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3K 5M7, and 35 Micmac Boulevard, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3A 4Y8, Irving Shipbuilding has a proud history as Canada's shipbuilder. A proud member of the J.D. Irving, Limited group of companies, we have been building quality vessels and fabricated modules for more than 50 years, and our Halifax Shipyard has been at the forefront of Canadian shipbuilding for 130 years.

Since 2012, we have invested more than $400 million in facilities, people, processes, and technology, making Halifax Shipyard one of the most modern and capable shipyards in North America. Over the next 30 years our shipbuilders will construct 20+ modern patrol ships and surface combatants for the Royal Canadian Navy as part of Canada's National Shipbuilding Strategy, the largest defence procurement in Canadian history. This year, we delivered the lead Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship, the largest Navy ship built in Canada in 50 years and we're just getting started. The second ship will be delivered in 2021.

We're growing our team with career-defining opportunities that will revitalize Canada's shipbuilding industry and provide Canada's sailors with the ships they need to protect Canada's interests at home and abroad. Our workforce of over 2,000 will grow to more than 2,800 at peak construction of the Canadian Surface Combatants. We have built more than 80% of Canada's current combatant fleet and continue to perform maintenance and modernization work on the ships, including the Halifax-class frigates.

Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is seeking a Test & Trials Specialist - Flushing Lead & Auxiliary Systems.

This is a permanent full-time role based in Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia. The primary language of work is English. 

We encourage applications from qualified African Nova Scotians, racially visible persons, women (applying for non-traditional positions), persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons and persons of the LGBTQ+ community. ISI encourages applicants to self-identify in the cover letter/resume portion of your application. Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in its employment practices and to providing an environment where all employees feel supported and valued. 



Education Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree engineering (P.Eng or equivalent), or relevant technical diploma at the technologist level (eg: Marine, Chemical, Mechanical), or significant, directly relevant experience- i.e. 10 years working experience with direct flushing responsibilities.
  • A Transport Canada certification as First or Second Class Marine Engineer considered an asset.

Years of Experience Required:

  • 5 - 8 years experience in one or more of the following:
    • Seagoing Naval engineering experience
    • Commissioning of new build vessels in a commercial shipyard
    • Commissioning of high tech systems in process or power plants
    • Design of state of the art new build ships or marine structures
    • Strong knowledge and experience with flushing piping systems and hydraulic tubing systems
    • Familiarity with processes and regulations working with oils
    • Ability to visualize in third dimension and interpret blueprints and schematics
    • Strong communication skills in English, both verbal and written
    • Willingness to work long/flexible hours
    • Proficiency in MS Office (Word and Excel)


All successful applicants must meet requirements for Canadian Controlled Goods Program (CGP), Canadian Government Security clearance, and U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).


Key Responsibilities:

  • Be the liaison with Engineering to ensure flushing requirements, e.g., required flow rates, proper fluids, and cleanliness specifications are communicated from Engineering and applied to the system(s) being flushed
  • Advise on and oversee installation of mechanical connections to complete flushing loops/circuits
  • Conduct system testing prior to energizing to confirm system integrity. (Example: Air Testing and Hydro testing)
  • Troubleshoot and resolve all flushing system issues
  • Operate, monitor, troubleshoot, and perform ongoing maintenance of system flushing equipment (filter, heaters, pumps, etc)
  • Coordinate with trades personnel & production management to meet cost, quality, and schedule requirements
  • Conduct visual system cleanliness inspections with the Customer to meet contractual requirements and coordinate offsite analytical sample testing.
  • Work as part of the Test & Trials team to commission systems and equipment and demonstrate compliance with Classification Society and Customer requirements including:
    • Development of Set to Work/Testing/Trials procedures/agenda
    • Conducting Construction Turnover process with Production for assigned system(s)
    • Operation of ship systems and execution of test procedures and trial agendas, both ashore and at sea.
    • Reporting of test and trial agenda results to demonstrate that requirements have been met
    • Developing and managing detailed test & trial schedules for assigned area of responsibility.
    • Coordinate setting of conditions necessary to support third-party / Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) conduct of trials & provide liaison support for their trials
    • Assess and resolve deficiencies on assigned system(s) following Construction Turn Over
    • Managing compliance with Lock-out/Tag-out systems’ requirements


What We Offer:

Irving Shipbuilding is proud to offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including but not limited to:

  • A flexible medical, dental, and vision plan;
  • Employee & Family Assistance Programs;
  • RRSP matching program;
  • Health & Wellness reimbursements;
  • Opportunities to take part in job related training and development;
  • Growth and progression opportunities within Irving Shipbuilding and the larger network of the JD Irving group of companies.

Please be advised that some positions within our business have been designated as ‘Safety Sensitive’ where the employee holding the position has a heightened responsibility for his/her own safety or the safety of others due to the nature of the job. If this is the case, you will be informed in the interview process.


For further details, please contact [insert Talent Acquisition Specialist Name] at [insert TA Specialist email]. *for non LMIA postings, include the general recruitment email: recruitment@irvingshipbuilding.com.


To Apply for this Career Opportunity:

Please complete the online application form.  An up-to-date resume of past experience and education is required. 
All applications will be reviewed by one of our recruiters.  If the recruiter sees a potential opportunity (current or future) that matches your skills and experience, you will be contacted to discuss your qualifications for a position with Irving Shipbuilding.
We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. 


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Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in its employment practices and to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment for all employees.


We do not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies, and we are not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

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