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MSC Program Life Cycle Manager

Project Engineering / Project Management
$110,000-$120,000 annually
Employment type
Full Time


  • US Citizen.
  • Hold or eligible for a SECRET security clearance.
  • A bachelor's degree in engineering, or project management certification.
  • Meet at least one of the following criteria:  (a) At least five years of experience within the last ten years managing technical projects valued at $1M or more, or (b) recent experience in managing major shipyard availability projects valued at $5M or more, or (c) At least 12 years of experience gained while employed by a shipyard or commercial shipping company in a technical management position.
  • Active military duty performing substantially the same duties as a Port Engineer or Program Manager may be considered.
  • Specific skills in technical writing, cost estimation, and negotiations is desirable.
  • Experience in MS Word, Excel, SharePoint, and other MS project management software.
  • Able to endure sustained activity and move about vessels in a shipyard environment.
  • Available to travel to inspect vessels or participate in contract management meetings (approximately 1 week of travel/month.)

The Life Cycle Manager is responsible for identifying, developing, planning, resourcing, and executing major vessel alteration projects for a fleet of eight (8) T-AKR Watson Class LMSR’s to meet or extend vessel service life, expand mission effectiveness, or to address safety issues.  The Life Cycle Manager also plans and executes major planned contracted maintenance projects, including periodic drydock repair availabilities to maintain the vessels within class and regulatory compliance.

Responsibilities & Authorities:

  • Identify, develop and implement class standard engineering improvements through MSC’s TRANSALT program on 8 Watson Class LMSR vessels to ensure the safe, reliable and cost-effective operation for Military Sealift Command’s MPF program.
  • Use and understand MSC’s standard tools, programs, processes, and policies related to life cycle management of the vessels they operate.
  • Forecast budgetary and schedule requirement to accomplish alterations or upgrades on vessels in between planned operations.
  • Assist Engineering Manager and vessel Port Engineers in planning and executing drydock maintenance periods on 8 vessels, each repair contract exceeding $15M in value.
  • Supervise vessel Port Engineers in accomplishing assigned special engineering projects.
  • Develop and review technical specifications, work orders, procurement documents, and other written correspondence.  Evaluate and negotiate terms prior to award of major procurement contracts.
  • Conduct or oversee root cause analysis (RCA) and other technical investigations to determine failure reasons and make recommendations for change or improvement.
  • Perform a wide variety of tasks relating to the safe and efficient operation of the vessels under PCS’s management.
  • Maintain vessels to all class and regulatory standards. 
  • Assists the Engineering Manager and Program Manager in ensuring that vessels are operated in accordance with the contract(s) that PCS has with its customers.
  • Maintains close working relationship with the MSC Program and Engineering staff, as well as the Company’s Port Engineers, vessel masters and chief engineers.
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