Drunen, NL

Function:  Engineering
Job Category:  Engineering

(Sr) Design Engineer Hydrodynamics

Wärtsilä is a world leader in marine technology and leading the industry's transformation towards a decarbonised and sustainable future. With the world’s widest portfolio and service network, we – Wärtsilians - deliver efficient, safe and sustainable integrated products and solutions to enhance the business of our customers. The opportunities presented through digitalisation and new technologies are offering a new era of shipping. Did you know that shipping is the world’s most efficient mode of transportation and that approximately 90% of world trade is carried by sea?

We want to change the course towards an interconnected and cleaner maritime future and are constantly on the lookout for future-oriented talent to join our team and to work towards enabling sustainable societies through innovation in technology and services - together. Are you ready to jump onboard?


We are now looking for a 

(Sr) Design Engineer (Hydrodynamics) 

to join our engineering team. Working on a more sustainable future through propulsion upgrades of the world’s largest vessels. 


The location for the position is in Drunen, the Netherlands. 


What will you be doing? 

In this position, you will be responsible for the hydrodynamic design of ship propellers and related energy saving devices. On a typical day, you might be starting with launching a CFD analyses and end the day with a review of the Finite Element calculations with your colleague. The goal is to upgrade the propulsion system in order to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 reduction.   


As Design Engineer:


  • You are responsible for the design of high-quality propulsion systems. 
  • You communicate with the customer, design offices and research entities concerning engineering, this in cooperation with the Project Manager and/or Sales Manager. 
  • Contribute to improvements of design methods, processes and products. 
  • You occasionally participate in (international) research groups, to gain and gather knowledge. 
  • You attend performance tests at research laboratories regarding to your designs. 
  • You can add extra value in our team if you have a pro-active attitude, solid communication skills and are able to plan, act and deliver in time. 
  • You are interested in travelling for short periods even though most of the meetings are held virtually.



  • For us to be the best match, we expect you to have understanding in rotating equipment and experience from working with hydrodynamic software such as CFD. 
  • As an ideal candidate you hold a master’s or bachelor’s degree in Maritime Technology, Naval Architecture, Mechanical Engineering or similar. But most important is to be curious and eager to learn.
  • Good knowledge of English language and Dutch would be a plus. 

Additional Assets:


  • Experience with design of ship propellers.
  • Various fluid dynamics theories and their theoretical models, including CFD.
  • Finite element analyses and fatigue stress assessment.
  • Hydrodynamic model test techniques, the setup and way measurements are processed.
  • Knowledge of ship noise and vibrations.
  • Production methods in relation to propeller design and cost.
  • Material properties, corrosion and corrosion fatigue behaviour in sea water.
  • In-depth knowledge of requirements from classification societies, ISO484, ISO6954, ISO19019 and other standards.

Why you and us? 


We at Wärtsilä believe in empowerment, ownership and taking responsibility of our work. We support each other’s growth and co-creation is the true basis of our innovation. We have courage to see opportunities and take initiative. 


We are authentic and honest, and we strongly believe in that by being your own true self you can accomplish so much more. We don’t always get it right the first time, and if mistakes are made, we make sure to learn and grow from them. We want everyone to voice their opinions freely. That is why we have built an environment that empowers you and everyone around you, and where you can feel safe and cared for. Are you eager to be part of this ambition? 


We have a skilled team embedded in a professional internal and external maritime community. As a Design Engineer, you will be working in close cooperation with other departments of our Project Group such as Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Automation and Project Management. You will work directly with our team of 8 hydrodynamic specialists, who report to the Manager Hydrodynamic Design.

Contact & next steps 


We hope to hear from you soon, by submitting your application through our careers portal. We aim to keep you updated on the process throughout. 


For further questions please reach out to Anton Voermans, Manager Hydrodynamic Design Engineering, through email anton.voermans@wartsila.com with any questions related to this position (only for questions from direct job applicants, applications through email will not be recorded or responded to). 

Last application date: 08/03/2024 


At Wärtsilä we value, respect and embrace all our differences, and are committed to diversity, inclusion and equal employment opportunities; everyone can be their true self and succeed based on their job-relevant merits and abilities. 


This is Wärtsilä 

Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. Our team of 17,000 professionals, in more than 200 locations in 68 countries, shape the decarbonisation transformation of our industries across the globe. Read more on www.wartsila.com