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Electrical Controls Engineer

Electrical Controls Engineer

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US-VA-Virginia Beach
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Regular Full-Time
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The GBS Group, an engineering services and consulting firm, is seeking an Electrical Controls Engineer to join our Virginia Beach headquarters office. The GBS Group designs and delivers high technology services and solutions to most advanced naval and maritime ships, as well as to special purpose platforms and assets. 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

  • Provide electrical engineering support during the design, testing, and commissioning phases of the project.
  • Develop electrical drawings based off the system requirements provided by the customer.
  • Provide training and support to equipment operational workforce.
  • Help mentor junior engineers.
  • Inspect and survey existing ships systems.
  • Read and interpret original design drawings, technical manuals, and equipment specifications for incorporation into new designs.
  • Possess strong analytical skills, demonstrated problem-solving capability, and an interest and aptitude for electrical, computer networks and mechanical systems.
  • Develop PLC/HMI software based off the customer requirements.
  • Work closely with the production, drafting, and installation departments throughout the entire project. 
  • Ability to adapt to design changes as required.


Candidates are required to possess or obtain the following requirements:

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience working with Marine Automation and Control Systems.
  • Must have experience with one of the following: Siemens Step 7, Allen Bradley, GE PLC, WinCC, GE iFIX, Wonderware, FactoryTalk View HMI.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a secret clearance.

Desired characteristics:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering or Electrical Engineering Technology preferred or 10 years’ experience in related field.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with team engineers to identify and solve problems as related to ship systems design and equipment installation.
  • Experience working with PLC based control systems.
  • Possess problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Work well in a cross-functional team environment comprised of representatives from multiple organizations.
  • Knowledge of shipboard system design and installation including: electrical systems, computer networks, and PLC controls.
  • Ability to read, use, and understand complex marine schematics and drawings.
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills to include weekly status reports and post travel reporting.
  • Ability to travel 20%.

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.