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Drunen, NL

Function:  Engineering
Job Category:  Engineering

(Sr) Designer Ship Propellers

Wärtsilä is leading the maritime industry’s transformation towards a decarbonised and sustainable future. We at Wärtsilä Marine Power are proud to offer our customers the world’s widest network of maritime expertise and the full portfolio from engines to lifecycle solutions. 

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) Designer Ship Propellers to join our engineering team. Working on a more sustainable future through propulsion upgrades of the world’s largest vessels. The preferred 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 hydrodynamic analysis 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 (Sr) Designer Ship Propellers, your work will focus on these responsibilities:


  • 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 expand our 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.


To be successful in this role, we expect you to have:



  • Master’s or bachelor’s degree in Maritime Technology, Naval Architecture, Mechanical Engineering or similar. 
  • Understanding of the rotating equipment and experience with hydrodynamic theories and tools.
  • Basic knowledge of mechanical engineering.
  • Pro-active attitude, solid communication skills and ability to plan, act and deliver in time. 
  • Ability to travel for short periods (most of the meetings are held virtually).
  • Thorough knowledge of English language, verbal and written.
  • Curiosity and willingness to learn. 


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 a diverse and inclusive work community where everyone can be their true self. 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

Does this sound like the job for you? If yes, we hope to hear from you before the application deadline 07.10.2022, through submitting your application through our careers portal. We aim to keep you updated on the process all the way. 

Please apply by 07 October 2022 at 23:59 EEST. Our recruiting tool recognizes the time zone where the job ad has been published and closes the application period according to same time zone.

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 Marine Power leads the industry in its journey towards a decarbonised and sustainable future. Our broad portfolio of engines, propulsion systems, hybrid technology, and integrated powertrain systems delivers the efficiency, reliability, safety, and environmental performance needed to support our customers to be successful. Our offering includes performance-based agreements, lifecycle solutions, and an unrivalled global network of maritime expertise. 

Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. We emphasise innovation in sustainable technology and services to help our customers continuously improve their environmental and economic performance. Our dedicated and passionate team of 17,000 professionals in more than 200 locations in 68 countries shape the decarbonisation transformation of our industries across the globe. In 2021, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. Find out more at