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Job #: R-00112573
Location: Chesapeake, VA
Category: Engineering Design
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Remote Type: No Remote
Clearance: None
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $2,000
Group: Defense

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DLBA Naval Architects, formerly Donald L. Blount and Associates, a Division of Gibbs & Cox, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos. DLBA is a naval architecture and marine engineering firm which provides consulting services for the development of a wide variety of boats: fiberglass recreational boats like Mastercraft’s Aviara series, aluminum workboats like the Kayak Express, custom Sportfishing vessels, and high-speed motor yachts. We specialize in high-performance marine craft design and engineering yet support all types of vessels and clients from record-setting high-speed race boats to commercial marine tugs and barges.  Our team is often engaged with research and development projects bringing new technologies to the waterfront. View our portfolio!

Why work for DLBA……. read testimonials from our team

What gets our team excited about their work?

  • “We get excited about new and interesting projects, whether it’s the chance to design a beautiful, powerful sportfish boat, or doing something totally weird for DARPA or another customer.”

  • “The team has a variety of interests, some get really excited working on a new design for some of the country’s top sportfish or recreational boat builders, some really enjoy solving the hard problems associated with the research work we do.”

What keeps our team at DLBA?

  • “feeling that I’m continuing to gain experience, expertise, and confidence in my work. I don’t think anybody’s stagnating here.”

  • “Interesting work and constant flow of new and challenging projects that continues my technical growth”

What attracted our team to DLBA?

  • “The opportunity to work in a group that is widely recognized as in the top tier of technical capability in the small craft industry.  Additionally, we still get the small shop feel, while having the stability of being part of a large company.”

Position Summary and Responsibilities

We are seeking an energetic and talented Naval Architect III for our Chesapeake, VA operations to support the development of steel, aluminum, and composite recreational vessels, commercial ships, and U.S. Government programs.

  • Direct and guide staff in the development of accurate and detailed engineering calculations using first principles hand calculations and devising approaches to challenges encountered. 

  • Direct and guide staff in the design of boats and craft and providing solutions by applying existing design skills, techniques, and company procedures.

  • Develop and implement new approaches to design and engineering problems when existing Standards and Procedures are determining insufficient for the task at hand.

  • Execute engineering tasking as assigned by project managers and other leadership personnel accurately and efficiently

  • Improve existing product quality and efficiency.

  • Interface with existing and potential clients regularly to convey technical information clearly and accurately.

  • Write proposals and develop technical content for commercial and government opportunities.

Required Qualifications:

  • U.S. Citizenship and ability to obtain a security clearance

  • B.S. Degree Naval Architecture

  • 5+ Years of experience with Maritime Vessel design

  • Knowledge of specifications and regulatory requirements (BS/RINA/LR/ISO/USCG/ABYC)

  • Experience developing calculations and drawings for Class and Flag review and approval.

  • Experience using industry-standard CAD software, including AutoCAD and Rhino

  • Experience using FEMAP/NASTRAN Finite Element Analysis software

  • Experience using GHS hydrostatics and stability software

  • Excellent MS Office skills, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

Desired Qualifications:

  • M.Sc. Degree or Ph.D. Degree in Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, or a related field

  • Professional Engineer’s License

  • Project Management Professional certification

  • Small/High Speed Craft/Boat design experience highly preferred

  • Shipyard Experience

Pay Range:

Pay Range $78,000.00 - $120,000.00 - $162,000.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 46,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $14.4 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2022.  For more information, visit

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, family structure, marital status, ancestry, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Leidos will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with relevant laws.

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