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Manager, Production Engineering

Company: Vancouver Shipyards
Company - Location: Vancouver Shipyards - North Vancouver, BC
Department: Shipyard – Technical


The Manager, Production Engineering is responsible to develop and communicate vessel build strategies for new construction vessels.  The position is responsible to evaluate, document and provide technical guidance in the definition and implementation of production processes, facility constraints and standard interim products into design and planning products to ensure that the most efficient production methods and procedures are incorporated.  The Manager, Production Engineering also manages Seaspan Shipyards process improvement efforts in design, planning and production to foster a culture of continuous process improvement.  

The Manager Production Engineering reports to the Director, Engineering - New Construction.  The Manager, Production Engineering supervises a small staff of production engineers and manufacturing specialists.  


  • Develops vessel build strategies to maximize producibility of design and planning products by defining hull block breakdowns, grandblocks, erection sequences, work breakdown structure, interim products, process lanes, zone definitions, and test strategies.
  • Develops standards for facility, methods and procedures to clearly communicate production requirements to design and planning personnel.  Works with specialists to create the Shipbuilding Standards Manual (SSM), Production Engineering Standards (PES), and Integrated Production Build Plan (IPBP). 
  • Ensures design products produced for each vessel are aligned with Seaspan Shipyards facilities, production processes, methods, skills and procedures to ensure work can be executed in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Provides input to Planning Department on content and format of production work packages.  Defines content of work packages to ensure information provided to production trades is complete, output aligns with skills, methods and procedures of production trades, and information provided can be executed in an efficient manner.
  • Applies lean manufacturing principles to documented standards to improve standards and maximize work execution efficiency. 
  • Supports Estimating Department in development of vessel estimates.  Provides vessel construction strategy, identifies productivity goals, and assists in developing learning curves for multiple vessels in a class. 
  • Participates in make or buy decisions by assessing impact to proposed build strategies, evaluating labour estimates for in-yard work, and assessing capability to perform proposed work with current or proposed facilities. 
  • Leads Seaspan Shipyards design, planning and production process improvement activities to foster a culture of continuous process improvement and improved production efficiency.  Documents process improvement efforts in each department and reports implementation status to senior management.  Incorporates world class methods and procedures into process improvement activities by coordinating inputs from STX Marine production engineering specialists. 
  • Incorporates suppliers’ equipment and contractors’ work into build strategies by identifying installation stages and coordinating work with in-house activities. 
  • Supports analysis of proposed capital expenditures by evaluating proposed improvements against current build strategies and production procedures.  Develops estimates of efficiency for production operations affected by proposed facility changes.  

Education and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Business.  Diplomas may be accepted with sufficient employment experience. 
  • 10 years production engineering experience in a large manufacturing environment, preferably in the shipbuilding industry.
  • 5 years experience in a supervisory role. 

Skills, Knowledge and Required Competencies

  • Extensive knowledge of shipbuilding operations with a thorough understanding of the relationship between design, planning, production and test operations. 
  • Detailed knowledge of shipbuilding production processes including, but not limited to, structural, piping, machinery, electrical and coating systems. 
  • Knowledge of material handling and lifting techniques for large and heavy equipment. 
  • Demonstrated ability to document production processes and develop detailed standards that accurately define production operations. 
  • Knowledge of shipbuilding facilities and equipment with the ability to document and communicate facility constraints. 
  • Strong technical capability to read and interpret complex specifications and detailed engineering drawings. 
  • Strong problem solving skills, analytical abilities and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong customer service focus.
  • Demonstrated initiative, creativity and integrity.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Excellent computer skills including Word/Excel/Powerpoint.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task, prioritize and problem solve.
  • Good judgment and reasoning skills.
  • Ability to work with limited direction and to function as a key team member.

Seaspan is committed to Employment Equity, supports diversity in the workplace, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including, women, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities.

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