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Design Engineer - Small Boats

BAE Systems UK

Location: Akrotiri and Dhekelia

Job Type: Not Specified


Job title: Design Engineer – Small Boats

Location: Portsmouth

We offer a range of hybrid and flexible working arrangements – please speak to your recruiter about the options for this particular role.

Salary: Up to £47,940 dependant on experience

What you’ll be doing:

  • Working on in-service boats from re-fit to delivery
  • Create detailed 3D models and 2D drawings, for a wide range of products from small components to whole vessel systems. Produce drawings in accordance with BS8888 Engineering Drawing standards.
  • Carry out small craft systems and marine engineer design tasks.
  • Implement design changes and provide post-delivery support and resolve obsolescence issues.
  • Drafting, vetting and editing technical reports or other documents relevant to, or required by, a particular task in order to ensure that technical findings can be successfully communicated with recipients

Your skills and experiences:


  • Experience of Engineering material selection and use in a Marine Environment, particularly according to British Standards/Euronorms/Classification Society standards and Defence Standards
  • Experienced in 3D modelling, ideally using Siemens NX, and 2D drafting (Autocad or similar) for production and manufacturing
  • BEng degree level or HND/HNC or relevant working experience in Marine Engineering, Small Craft Design, Marine Technology or Mechanical


  • Knowledge of Small Craft systems design including electrical, fuel, bilge etc
  • Knowledge and understanding of Naval Architecture


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 leave incentive.

The Small Boats team:

The Small Boats team support the Royal Navy, RFA, Police, Army and Special Forces. They deal with all issues ranging from refit, redesign, obsolescence and mid-life updates on their in-service boats. They are a small team of 6 experienced Design Engineers that are pro-active and re-active to the support needs of our customer.

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.