AECOM Planner / Ship Building Specialist in Norfolk, Virginia

Requisition/Vacancy No. 148809BR

Position Title Planner / Ship Building Specialist

Job Category Engineering - Maritime

Business Line Government

Country United States of America

State/Province/Region USA - Virginia

City Norfolk

Why Choose AECOM? AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. With nearly 100,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serving clients in over 150 countries around the world, AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine’s annual industry rankings, and has been recognized by Fortune magazine as a World’s Most Admired Company. The firm is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients’ projects. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM companies, including URS Corporation and Hunt Construction Group, have annual revenue of approximately $19 billion. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at

About the Business Line


AECOM’s Global Support Services (GSS) organization resides within AECOM’s Government business line and is comprised of three divisions — International Development, Operations and Mission Support, and Global Programs. GSS has the international presence, personnel networks and procurement infrastructure to deliver support for any mission, anywhere. We optimize the reliability, availability and sustainability of equipment, logistics systems and facilities for clients around the world. GSS supports the U.S. Government, non-U.S. Governments and industry clients with worldwide program management, planning, design, operations and maintenance, logistics, aviation services, security, international development, environmental and civil engineering and mission and intelligence support.

Job Summary

AECOM is actively seeking Ship Building Specialists for the planning and estimating of DDG/CG and LPD/LSD class ships. Experience in propulsion, auxiliary, hull/structure, electrical and combat system experienced individuals with previous experience in planning and estimating in support of ship repair and moderation is desired. Ideal applicants will have experience in planning or estimating from regional maintenance centers, shipyards or as Project Support Engineers/Ship Building Specialist.

Essential Responsibilities Include:

  1. Interpret ship's drawings.

  2. Estimate by conducting ship checks, validating Automated Work Requests to accurately determine scope of work, required resources, and logistics.

  3. Interpret Automated Work Requests into a properly formatted work specification IAW JFMM Appendix 4E.

  4. Develop JFMM Appendix 4E compliant work package specifications for U.S. Navy ship repair and modernization during planned and emergent maintenance periods.

  5. Conduct research in Naval Supply databases for parts verification, Part number/NSN/APL identification.

  6. Perform all other position related duties as assigned or requested.

Minimum Requirements

  • Vocational/technical training beyond high school and at least 8 years of job-related experience or equivalent. Military/MSC sea service considered job related experience in addition to planning and estimating experience.

  • Specialized experience: Minimum 3 years full time hands-on technical experience in the installation, testing, modification, operation, overhaul, repair, troubleshooting, and maintenance of shipboard systems and equipment.

  • Good communications and analytical skills; working knowledge of computer systems and integrated software application programs used in ship repair planning, estimating work package development and execution.

  • Understanding in implementing NAVSEA Standard Items during estimating and work specification development.

  • Thorough understanding in using the GSO and NSTMS.

  • Experience with Navy Maintenance Data Base.

  • Familiarity with class standard work templates.

  • Position requires the ability to work onboard US Navy ships and access ship repair industrial facilities.

  • Position may require travel.

  • Position requires an active Security Clearance and ability to obtain a Common Access Card.

Preferred Qualifications

A preferred candidate will be able to:

  • Accomplish ship inspections of the tasking items and distinguish the interrelationship of systems and component parts of systems to determine the feasibility of combining items into single contract specifications.

  • Accomplish ship inspections when required to modify 2-KILOs and 2-LIMAs to support ship’s material conditions and to determine and make recommendations on actual scope of work required, including cause for repairs.

  • Maintain material control and investigate availability of material, sources of supply or manufacturers and possibilities of substitutions.

  • Review and analyze technical feedback and problems reports (i.e. lessons learned, growth sequences from the waterfront) to make recommendations for updates on future technical requirements to reduce costs and eliminate delays and rework.

  • Prepare and make recommendations on work specifications and cost and time estimates.

  • Review, evaluate, and make recommendations on contractor’s condition reports and recommendations for additional work and provide rationale for approval or disapproval.

  • Develop, review and make recommendations on modifications to original specifications and new work specifications for work to be accomplished by the contractor.

  • Provide recommendations on detailed cost estimates for the Government Project Manager including labor, material, and time, with all required supporting data for new work and modifications to original work specifications.

  • Ensure work performed by the subcontractor to be in compliance to applicable plans, specifications and all contractual requirements

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow.

AECOM is an equal opportunity employer and Minorities, Females, Veterans, and Disabled persons are encouraged to apply. For further information, please click here at to view the EEO Is The Law poster.