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Primary Location: 

USA - Poway, CA, US

Function:  Engineering
Job Category:  Engineering

System Engineer


Vacancy in Wärtsilä North America, Inc., Wärtsilä Dynamic Positioning, Inc.

Position: System Engineer

Reporting to: Systems Engineer Lead

Location:  Poway, California, USA; San Diego, California, USA

Wärtsilä in Brief:


Wärtsilä Dynamic Positioning, Inc. (WDP) is one of the world’s leading suppliers of positioning and control systems for the shipping and maritime industry. As part of the 19,000 people strong Wärtsilä family it’s not unusual for us to work on high impact projects that are often world’s firsts.  At our offices in San Diego our team of engineers are developing new products and solutions for both traditional and cutting-edge applications.


Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximizes the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2019, Wärtsilä’s net sales totaled EUR 5.2 billion with approximately 19,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.



Wärtsilä Dynamic Positioning, Inc. (WDP) is seeking a qualified candidate to fill a System Engineering (SE) position located in Poway, CA.  The Systems Engineer will report directly to the Systems Engineering Lead. 


The SE will be part of a small team working on exciting applications for the marine industry, including applications for offshore vessels, mega yachts and cruise ships, wind farm installation vessels, ferries, and other specialty vessels.


Qualified candidates will have the following duties and responsibilities:


  • Engineering activities related to development, upgrade, and support of vessel control systems.
  • Develop and review project related drawing and documentation packages such as wiring diagrams, bill of materials (BOMs), cable specifications, wiring interconnect diagrams, manuals, specifications, and regulatory submittals.
  • Develop system design, drawing and documentation packages in accordance with marine regulatory body requirements.
  • Create system test procedures and perform system testing as required by the project.
  • Work with other divisions to support an integrated approach to bridge and general shipboard systems.
  • Work collaboratively with field service engineers to resolve technical issues in a timely manner.
  • Create, update and maintain AutoCAD and SolidWorks drawing.
  • Produce vessel Capability plots / Holding studies required for Sales team and regulatory body submittals.  



Wärtsilä is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage minorities, women, protected veterans and disabled individuals to apply.  Wärtsilä complies with the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988.  In an effort to maintain a drug-free workplace, we perform pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks.  


Minimum Experience and Educational Requirements: 

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering preferred; or equivalent relevant background.



  • Experience developing and reviewing system specifications and engineering documentation packages.
  • Experience developing and reviewing assembly and wiring drawings.
  • Experience with various interface protocols such as RS-232/422/485, TCP/IP, Modbus, and CANbus.
  • Hands on experience with Windows computers and their incorporation into larger systems.
  • Ability to identify components and solutions to meet new product requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, as part of a multi-functional team, and with customer and regulatory representatives.
  • Detail oriented with good communication and documentation skills.
  • Must be well organized and have the ability to multi-task and keep track of simultaneous on-going projects.
  • Must have hands on experience using AutoCAD.
  • SolidWorks experience.
  • Working knowledge of maritime regulatory bodies such as DNV, ABS, and others, a plus.
  • SAP software experience and skills are highly desirable.



  • Occasional domestic and international travel may be required for purposes such as on-site commissioning, troubleshooting and testing, attending meetings, field service support, conferences, training, or as required for job related duties.


Successful applicant must be authorized to work in the USA without sponsorship.


We look forward to hearing from you. Qualified candidates must apply online http://www.wartsila.com/en/careers/vacancies.


Wärtsilä North America values our employees. We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.   Wärtsilä North America is an EOE/AA employer.