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Yard & Transport Engineer

Posted 24 May 2024
Work experience
2 to 4 years
Full-time / part-time
Job function
Degree level
Required languages
English (Fluent)
Dutch (Fluent)

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Get on board with Damen Naval, along with more than 1,200 professionals based in The Netherlands, Romania, and Germany. We are the naval division of the family-owned Damen Shipyards Group which employs 12,000 professionals globally. Damen Naval designs and builds advanced naval vessels for customers all over the world. With a passion for technological innovation and sustainable solutions, we continue to push the boundaries in naval shipbuilding. You can be part of our team! Are you ready for duty?


As the Yard & Transport Engineer at Damen Naval, you will leverage your specialist knowledge and expertise related to heavy lifts and transportation, to guide and assist in shipbuilding , land- and sea transportation and special maneuvering actions.

On a daily basis, you will guide these transport and replacement operations from the initial preparation, including hoisting plans, to the actual lifting, relocating and (re)positioning. You will also review and approve of all the related project documentation.


As the Yard & Transport Engineer your key responsibilities will include:

  • Creating and maintaining the overviews and layouts of production facilities to determine the optimum construction site and building strategy.
  • Advising about the berth for ships at quays, pontoons and in the docks for the purpose of launching, outfitting and guarantees.
  • Being responsible for hoisting and turning sections, blocks and rings and making lifting plans and lifting drawings.
  • Delivering the calculations, drawings, and instructions for special (Yard) transports and loadouts.
  • Liaising with the client, subcontractors, transport companies, procurement, and the production team about the envisaged transport (system).
  • Completing the risk assessment (‘RI&E’) regarding special transport or special activities with an increased risk.
  • Preparing planning for the project (procedures/analysis) together with the Lead Engineer and / or Unit Head including presenting to the project team.
  • Contributing to continuous evaluation and/or improvement of the department’s processes.
  • Ensuring the development, transfer, and retention of knowledge within the department.
  • Understanding and following all HSSEQ policies and procedures.


As the Yard & Transport Engineer, you should possess the following qualifications and qualities:

  • Experience and affinity with heavy lift engineering and operations.
  • Solid experience with delivering realistic planning of work sequencing, preferably in the shipbuilding or maritime sector.
  • Experience in lifting from vessels, vessel load outs and in transportations.
  • Vocational or Bachelor's degree in a technical study, preferably related to maritime or shipbuilding.
  • Good command of the English, and preferably also Dutch language (written & verbal).
  • Excellent references antecedents as a pre-employment security screening is standard part of the recruitment procedure.
  • Permanent EU citizenship and passport are both required and candidates with NL/EU (work) visa or with both an EU and non-EU nationality and/or passport are not eligible in accordance with the requirements imposed by the military nature of our projects.


At Damen Naval, we highly value our employees, and we will support your professional and personal development. We also provide our employees with:

  • A competitive salary and 8% holiday pay.
  • 27 holidays and 13 ADV days.
  • Travel allowance of 23 cents per kilometre.
  • PME-pension arrangement with an employer contribution of 60%.
  • Profit sharing based on company results.
  • Working from home policy and other benefits including a bicycle plan and company fitness.


Are you interested in the position of Yard & Transport Engineer, kindly submit your application along with your CV and motivation letter, along with an indication of:

  • Your (preferred) monthly gross salary based on fulltime work.
  • Availability (fulltime / part-time / number of hours).
  • Notice period / possible starting date.

We’re a family company that has been building ships for almost 100 years. Our ambition is to become the most sustainable and connected maritime solutions provider there is. Working at Damen offers the best of several worlds. Active in more than 100 countries, with over 30 shipyards, we are internationally renowned for quality. We offer you an ocean of possibilities.

Marine & Offshore
Active in 101 countries
12,500 employees
70% men - 30% women
Average age is 40 years