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Drunen, NL

Function:  Service Delivery
Job Category:  Engineering

Mechanical Engineer Technical Services

“You analyse and solve complex hydraulic problems of rotating marine equipment” 

As a Mechanical Engineer you will provide expert-level technical support for marine propulsion and power transmission systems. The total product range consists of a variety of steerable- and transverse thrusters, controllable pitch propellers and water jets. 
You work on in-depth conceptual design review during root cause analysis for all products in the propulsion portfolio. Develop upgrades and solutions adapting to new lifecycle requirements for our marine customers. Provide concept evaluation for new products safeguarding lifecycle requirements. 


What do you do as a Mechanical Engineer in our expert team? That’s a good question. Let us try to give you an example of a typical working day of one of the colleagues.

Since it was a nice and sunny morning, I decided to leave the car and take the bike to work today. After an energizing 25-minute bike ride and a quick refreshing shower, it’s time to get to my to-do list for today. For the last days I’ve been working on a repair instruction for the waterjets of a ship that will go into dry-dock soon. At 10 o’clock I’m finished with the repair instructions, and I hand them over to one of my colleagues for a final review before they are sent to the customer.

Like most of the time, I am working at several projects simultaneously. This gives me the freedom to organize my own time. I spend the remainder of the morning working on an issue one of our customers is experiencing. Customer reported severe hydraulic noise on the hydraulic powerpack on one of the vessels they operate (the biggest semi-submersible crane vessel in the world). Few weeks back travelled to the vessel which was located at Rotterdam to perform extensive measurement on the hydraulic system to find the source of this noise. Initially it was thought that the thermostatic valve was causing this, on board I discovered that this was merely the noise source. The thermostatic valve was hunting, opening and closing frequently, because of a fluctuating load sense valve. Onboard I solved this by implementing different spring (stiffness) in the load sense valve to shift that frequency away from the thermostatic valve eigenfrequency. Now I am working on the analysis and reporting of the captured data in more detail and engineer a solution for the long run. As its 12 o’clock already, it’s time to go out for a lunch walk. I continue working on the hydraulic issue until days end.

Satisfied with the progress I made today, I shut down my computer and step on my bike to ride back home. Tomorrow I won’t be in the office, since I will participate in a three-day course at the Wärtsilä Land and Sea Academy about the hydraulic systems on a steerable thruster. This is part of my personal development plan, which I composed together with my manager at the start of my employment. As a part of this development plan, I also joined both the product group teams for three months to get to know the Wärtsilä products, organisation structure and of course my colleagues.

You will find yourself in the technical heart of the exiting world of the Maritime industry. You provide the highest level of technical support for our propulsion products to our customers and other stakeholders for our installed base. You will be working in an international environment in close cooperation with new build engineering, technical support engineers, warranty, and field services. 
You are part of our Technical Services Department (operates from two locations, Drunen in The Netherlands and Rubbestadneset in Norway), which ensures customer satisfaction by providing high quality and on-time technical support enabled by world-class competences in propulsion equipment.
The propulsion products consist of a variety of Steerable- and Transverse Thrusters, Controllable Pitch Propellers, Reduction Gears, Electric Pods, Water Jets, reduction gearboxes, rudders and advanced control systems. You will report to our Manager Expert Services. 
Location: Drunen, Netherlands

What are your main tasks and responsibilities?

  • You provide technical support to internal and external stakeholders.
  • You perform Root Cause Analysis and perform expert technical field investigations
  • Provide expert-level support in troubleshooting. Define measurements setups and corresponding measurement plans. Perform (if needed) onsite measurements. Analyze the data and report the findings.  
  • You support customers throughout the lifecycle of their installations. Define maintenance plans. Select new parts for obsolete components. Deliver technical content for service bulletins and manuals. Develop upgrades and solutions adapting to new lifecycle requirements. 
  • You are responsible for providing in-depth hydraulic conceptual design support including detailed strength calculations, data acquisitions and analysis, new concept review and FMEA.
  • Contribute to the Wärtsilä product improvement process.

What do we expect from you?

  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in mechanical engineering, Marine Engineering or equivalent.
  • Experience in the design of hydraulic systems with strong analytical and reporting skills. 
  • Specific knowledge and experience in hydraulic system design, basic knowledge on control principles is a pré. 
  • Knowledge and experience in the field of system modelling and system simulation.
  • A true team player with a proactive approach who can combine theory and practice.
  • You are a strong communicator with good organizational and analytical skills. Experience with data processing tools like Matlab and Python are a benefit.
  • Customer focused and service minded attitude. 
  • You are willing to travel globally occasionally (3 or 4 trips a year, 1-7 days), typically Europe area.


Contact & next steps
Does this sound like the job for you? We hope to hear from you through submitting your application through our careers portal. We aim to keep you updated on the process all the way. 
Are you still wondering if you should apply and would like to get something clarified? Please reach out to Egbert van der Meijs through e-mail at egbert.vandermeijs@wartsila.com or by phone at +31 6 20324766.