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Electrical Designer / CAD Operator

Electrical Designer / CAD Operator

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US-VA-Virginia Beach
Regular Full-Time
Eligibility for Security Clearance Required 

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The GBS Group, an engineering services and technical consulting firm headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA, has an opening for an Electrical Designer / CAD Operator.  Designers and Drafters work alongside our world class engineering staff consisting of USCG licensed Maritime Engineers, Professional Engineers, and former shipboard operators. Propulsion, generator and steering controls designs developed by The GBS Group are deployed throughout the world on the most advanced naval and commercial maritime ships. Our office is located within 10 miles of the Virginia Beach resort area and the downtown Norfolk Waterfront shopping district.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to

  • Develop or revise drawings for various engineering disciplines, including but not limited to, shipboard HM&E (hull, mechanical & electrical).
  • Develop drawings, checking dimensions of units, connections to be used, relation of one component to another, and relation of various materials to the whole structure or project.
  • Track detailed comments and their resolution across multiple vessel classes to ensure that all end products are consistent and in accordance with provided governing documents and specifications.
  • Assist client to deliver a higher level of standardization and consistency through the development and introduction of drawing processes, quality checks, engineering practices, and a continuous improvement philosophy.
  • Perform surveys and ship checks and analyze as-built drawings redline mark ups and other correspondence.
  • Provide technical review and redline/markups of engineering drawings and designs.
  • Perform drawing updates in AutoCAD 2004 or later, as needed to support engineering teams to create new, revise existing drawings or convert drawings.
  • Track and manage incorporation of drawing technical and administrative comments from multiple internal and external stakeholders.
  • Prepare detailed technical reports to support initiatives and implementation as required.


Candidates must possess the following professional experience and qualifications:

  • Three (3) to five (5) years of experience in design and technical drafting in the preparation of shipalt drawing packages. 
  • AutoCAD 2004 Drafter III, equivalent or greater. 
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.


Desired Characteristics:

  • Prior Navy experience with EET Degree preferred.
  • Knowledge of engineering practices, mathematics and other physical sciences to complete drawings.
  • Electrical experience in shipboard power and lighting.
  • Strong work ethic, dedication, organizational skills.
  • Ability to multi-task. 
  • Strong interpersonal, attention to quality, computing, and presentation skills.
  • Must work well in a team dynamic.
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to occasionally work evenings/nights. 
  • Ability to travel occasionally.

EEO Statement

The GBS Group is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We pledge equal access to employment, facilities, and programs, regardless of race, color, religion, sex/gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital or familial status, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.