Current Openings
Craft Positions - All facilities currently have Shipyard Craft Positions available.
Commissioning Engineer -
General Function
Coordinates and implements testing of all vessel equipment and systems, up to and including sea trials, in compliance with contract requirements. Supervise and manage all field service activities.
Education, Experience, Skills & Abilities
Strong engineering design, commissioning and/or testing technical background required. Experience in system integration working on multi-discipline projects and integrated control schemes. Good leadership and management skills. Good interpersonal skills. Strong facilitation and conflict resolution skills. Must be self-motivated and work with minimal supervision. Ability to work in a team environment.
Completion of four years of college level course work equivalent to a B.S. in Engineering, or closely related area and extensive experience in test and trials duties combined with some supervisory experience or any equivalent combination of experience and training which results in the required knowledge, skills and abilities. USCG Unlimited Engineering License Holder is a plus.
Duties & Responsibilities
Conducts and completes all testing and sea trials prior to acceptance, by the customer. Responds to all inquiries of customers and agents of regulatory bodies concerning vessel testing. Confer, meet and provide technical advice and assistance with management, owners and yard personnel to discuss and resolve issues related to vessel equipment and systems. Support delivery of vessels through ensuring the overall design meets customer, contract and regulatory requirements. Plan and progress all design, installation, test and commissioning activities for specific program, inclusive of communication to team members. Develop test programs and resource requirements including test and trials management and control including risk assessments and safe systems of work. Improve efficiency of engineering process, through development and use of standard engineering solutions for projects. Establish and manage design documentation, cable schedules and drawings control, as required. Work with production leadership, environmental, health & safety staff to perform risk assessments and method statements associated with testing and commissioning the vessel. Plan, organize and direct activities concerned with the projects particularly with respect to the feasibility and problem areas that may occur in the conversion process and ensure that all established policies and procedures are compiled with as well as classification regulations. Confer with supervisory personnel, owners, contractors and design professionals to discuss and resolve matters such as work procedures, complaints and project issues.
Marine Estimator - BS degree or equivalent training and work experience plus a minimum of 3 years experience as a Material and Marine Estimator. Must possess knowledge of marine construction. Comprehensive knowledge of practices and procedures for developing, preparing and forecasting cost estimates. Ability to work from blueprints and specifications, as well as, applying ways to cut cost and identify methods of saving cost by utilizing labor and materials for proposed projects.
3D Structural/Hull FDN Modeler Designer - Five (5+) plus years Ship Constructor Structural/Hull foundation design experience, plus strong AutoCAD skills. Prefer marine experience on commercial vessels. Structural/Hull aptitude and system knowledge required. Familiar with regulatory body requirements. Good knowledge and experience of design principles and drafting techniques. Knowledge of shipbuilding manufacturing processes.
Dock Master - Must be a certified Dry Dock Master with 5 to 10 years experience to operate and manage its floating dry dock. Responsible for the technical work in docking, rigging, hauling and undocking vessels, tugs, and barges, as well as, maintaining the integrity of the dry dock. Must be experienced in vessel docking plans and arrangements, alignment, and setting of docking support blocks. Considerable knowledge and experience in vessel structure, stress points, load factors, cradle positioning and dock support blocking. Must have knowledge in stability calculations and docking plan development. Familiar with ballast control console operation, tank level control monitoring and trim/heel transfer. Knowledge of environmental regulations, as well as, USCG regulations and safety requirements. Ensures safe operation of dry dock and safety deck margins are maintained. Able to plan, organize, manage and communicate well with others. Overall knowledge of ships is essential.
Program Manager - Considerable knowledge in all phases of vessel fabrication. Considerable knowledge of contract administration and regulatory policies and practices. Considerable knowledge of company policies, procedures and practices or the ability to acquire it quickly. Ability to establish and meet goals and to lead and function on a team effectively with all employee levels. New build experience i.e. Tugs, ATBs, Barges, United States Government experience a plus
Security Officer (Armed) - Possess at a minimum, either a US High School diploma or a GED equivalency certificate. Education obtained outside the U.S. must be officially evaluated to determine if it is equivalent to a US diploma. Speak English fluently, read and comprehend written English, and compose coherent written reports in English. Experience with Post Orders and Incident Report writing. Be able to work with a computer. Ability to obtain a Security Guard Permit to carry a weapon. Must meet at least one of the following experience/education requirements: 3 yrs security experience within the past five yrs; or have an associate's degree in related field & a minimum of one yr. experience; or successful completion of a state certified Police Officer's Standard Training (POST) course & 1 yr. experience. Must be able to obtain a DoD security clearance in accordance with FAR 52.204.-2. Must be able to withstand the demands and physical conditions of a shipyard or outdoor manufacturing environment including climbing heights and shipboard spaces, must have the ability to walk for extended periods of time and maintain a disposition of constant awareness, be capable of responding to emergencies and requires presence in an industrial manufacturing area with necessary use of OSHA and ANSI certified PPE. Assist with implementing access control and safety requirements. Maintain in/out log of sub-contractors, vendors and visitors, as required. Conduct security patrols as directed. Maintain positive control over vehicle & pedestrian gates. Assist with maintaining traffic flow in production parking lot. Patrol production parking lot on routine basis. Pass medical examination and drug screening; complete all required training; pass all required examination(s).
Naval Architect -
Education, Experience, Skills & Abilities
BS from an accredited program in Naval Architecture plus 10 years related experience. Preferably experience working in a commercial shipyard engineering design office or a naval architecture firm supporting commercial new-build design activities. Knowledgeable in naval architecture standards, practices, and analytic tools. Ability to apply regulatory body requirements, ship specifications, and other technical guidance to develop conforming designs and modifications to ships and craft. Experience performing complex analyses of hull forms to include predicting hydrodynamic performance, seakeeping, and scaling model tests to full size trials. Weight and stability analyses, including development of weight and center of gravity estimates, performance of intact and damaged stability analyses, performance of deadweight surveys and inclining experiments. Concept and feasibility design studies addressing whole ship sizing and performance analyses, requirements validation, and design optimization. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. Ability to prioritize, organize and perform multiple work assignments simultaneously. Ability to work independently as part of a larger team with accountability for schedule and budget. Ability to evaluate process effectiveness and develop change or alternatives. Ability to review project work, quantities, costs, accuracy of specifications, completeness, and constructability. Ability to interpret architectural/engineering drawings, specifications, codes, standards, and regulatory requirements. Ability to effectively manage projects that may vary in nature and scope. Knowledge of and ability to utilize design techniques, tools, and principals involved in the production of precision technical plans, drawings, and models. Knowledge of principles, practices and concepts of project management desirable
Duties & Responsibilities
Performs routine naval architecture work requiring application of standard techniques, procedures, and criteria in carrying out a sequence of design and/or analyses of ship hull, foundation, superstructure, arrangements and hull form characteristics tasks. As directed, applies selected techniques and procedures to assignments involving ship design and ship performance analyses. Assists in the solution of difficult problems involved in areas of assignment. Uses prescribed methods to perform specific and limited portions of broader systems design, performance analyses, or hull form characteristic assignments of more experienced naval architects. The duties described herein cover major duties as required. However, this does not exclude the requirement of performing related duties under normal conditions, and other duties directed by supervision. Works directly with senior technical personnel and project managers in the planning and execution of technical activities on complex projects related to system and technical product development. Employs existing guidelines and instructions, guidance from higher-level engineers, experience, and independent judgment to plan and accomplish task objectives. Assignments may require the development of improvements to current designs, techniques and procedures.
Sub Contract Manager -
Education, Experience, Skills & Abilities
Extensive experience in preparing and negotiating bid packages. Working knowledge of INCOTERMS and US Government FAR and DFAR Regulations. Experience implementing and administering CRISR systems. Strong communication skills. College Degree or equivalent combination of education, experience and training which results in the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience. Must have an added emphasis on major joiner and ventilation subcontracts. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suites.
Duties & Responsibilities
Negotiate, administer and manage complex subcontractors and high value procurements within price, schedule and performance standards. Assist management in identifying, evaluating and selecting potential suppliers/partners. Obtains material estimates and evaluates cost proposals. Work closely with Purchasing Department to define and implement procurement strategies. Perform subcontract management and performance monitoring. Administer and manage subcontracts from the pre-proposal phase through to production and close out phase. Coordinate with subcontracts and internal program management /engineering personnel. Monitor costs, schedule and technical status of projects and recommend/implement corrective action as required. Prepare subcontract documents and amendments in accordance with appropriate company requirements. Including terms and conditions, statements of work, specifications, data requirements and special previsions as required. Identify and support continuous improvement initiatives.
Cost Accounting Manager -
Education, Experience, Skills & Abilities
Completion of four years of college level coursework with an emphasis in accounting and five years of cost accounting experience or any combination of experience and training, which results in the required knowledge, skills and abilities. CPA, CMA or MBA certification preferred.
Duties & Responsibilities
The Cost Accounting Manager is responsible all cost accounting, forecasting and budgeting functions for the company. These duties include the preparation and presentation of all costs by project in POC process and calculates BIE/CIE entries. Develop yard overhead rates, preparation of year to date financial statements, sales and tax reports. Quarterly and monthly financial reports for timely and effective reporting. Assist with development of forward pricing rates, prepares A/R invoices and reconciliation, correspondent for DCAA audits and reporting. Tax reporting.
Program Manager -
Education, Experience, Skills & Abilities
College degree or equivalent college level course study in Production Management or Engineering or any equivalent combination of experience and training which results in the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Considerable to extensive experience managing/supervising Administrative and Production areas.
Duties & Responsibilities
Considerable knowledge in all phases of vessel fabrication. Considerable knowledge of contract administration and Regulatory policies and practices. Considerable knowledge of Company policies, procedures, and practices or the ability to acquire it quickly. Ability to establish and meet goals, and to lead and function on a team effectively with all employee levels. New build experience i.e. Tugs, ATB's, Barges. United States Government experience a plus.
Chief Electrical Engineer -
Education, Experience, Skills & Abilities
BS Marine/Electrical Engineering Degree from an accredited university or BS in sciences with appropriate engineering training and documented work history. 10 plus year’s Electrical Engineering experience. Marine experience on commercial vessels preferred. Must have working knowledge of ABS, USCG, SOLAS and other regulatory rules. Performs and manages engineering work in designing, planning and overseeing the design of power, lighting, communication, navigation and electronic systems.
Duties & Responsibilities
As a team leader, the Chief Electrical Engineer works with other managerial staff to ensure project completion in an efficient manner. Oversees each phase of design, equipment specification, design for production support and product development so that the team meets company specifications and complies with Contract Specification and US and International Standards. Oversees and conducts the design of marine electrical systems, considering the complexities of production, installation, operation maintenance and repair of electrical systems. Responsible as budget and schedule compliance of electrical department. Accountable for compliance with the specifications, regulatory requirements, and standard practices. Responsible for responding to and resolving all owner comments and regulatory comments and issues. Provides technical and engineering guidance to group leader and other assigned personnel. Responsible for obtaining and reviewing vendor information and technical data as required. Accountable and responsible for providing engineering calculations as appropriate. Also responsible for sketches, schematics, preliminary layouts, system function etc. Provide technical assistance to production.
VT Halter Marine is an EOE/AAP Employer.
From Conception and Design to Blueprint and Blue Waters, VT Halter Marine strives to maintain a balanced work life experience for each of its family members. "The greatest resource our company will ever have is each other."
Forward inquiries to:

VT Halter Marine
Attention: Recruiting
900 Bayou Casotte Parkway
Pascagoula, MS 39581
(228) 696-6756
Fax: (228) 696-6763