Conceptual Design Engineer (Electrical)


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Job Conceptual Design Engineer (Electrical)
Location Sliedrecht
Discipline Design and Proposal, Management
Education HBO higher vocational education, WO academic higher education
Position Permanent position
In Short

Being a Conceptual Design Engineer (Electrical) at IHC means designing the best solution for and together with our clients.

  1. Open
  2. Interviews scheduled (applications are still possible)
  3. Second round of interviews (check with the recruitment team if applications are still possible)
  4. Final interviews (applications are not possible anymore)
  5. Vacancy filled (applications are not possible anymore)
  1. Vacancy available
  2. Interviews scheduled
  3. Second round of interviews
  4. Final interviews
  5. Vacancy filled
Your job

As a Conceptual Design Engineer within IHC Systems you will be responsible for the electrical design for our new vessels. You will do this for a variety of product groups as power generation, power conversion, power distribution and vessel automation.
In addition to designing an important part of your job is to methodically gather and analyze data of constructed vessels and use it as input for the cost estimation.
You will use project field data, design studies and trade-off studies to come to the best combination of design and estimation. 

Depending on the needs, preferences and operational cycle, different energy solutions can be implemented to meet the stakeholders expectations. Some design requirements are complementary, others are contradictive.

For example; 

“ Reduced fuel consumption is contradictive to an increased vessel speed, when both are selected with the same level of importance.”

The compromise here could be a customized design for reduced fuel consumption with the possibility of increased vessel speed for a shortened period. All these decisions, requirements and upcoming technologies are part of the world of the Conceptual Design Engineer and together these pieces form part of the entire complex 3D puzzle, which we call a vessel.

Your profile

You are motivated to continuously improve your electrical knowledge, and embrace the knowledge from other disciplines while maintaining a focus on stakeholder requirements.
You support your colleagues and continuously strive for new insights. In addition, you should have the following:

• An academic higher education (WO)
• Analytical and creative skills
• The ability to develop a strategy and share your vision with the customer and tender team
• Commercial & technical interests
• Good working knowledge of English and preferably Dutch
• Knowledge of cost estimation or the willingness to gain this competence
• Willingness to travel between Sliedrecht, Krimpen and Kinderdijk on a regular basis, and to visit customers or attend meetings abroad for a short period.

Please note, an online assessment and screening can be part of the recruitment process. Only applicants with a valid EU work visa will be considered as viable candidates.

Our offer

You will become involved from the start of the most early design stage, working towards the prefered design and then actually helping deliver the ‘wow’ factor to our customers. Being a Conceptual Design Engineer is a rewarding challenge in an interesting business unit within a team of specialists. There will always be new, exciting challenges and the autonomy to make changes. It is a permanent position, with international contacts, career opportunities and a training programme to help you gain the required skills. In addition, we offer a competitive salary, professional development opportunities, travel allowance, profit share, pension allowance, training courses and at least 40 days of leave per year.

Our organisation

As a Proposal Manager Electric, you will work at IHC Systems. This organisation develops and supplies standard and custom-built solutions for the efficient operation of dredgers and related vessels. These are deployed in the marine dredging industry and for the mining of alluvial and deep-sea resources. The electrical, electronic and IT systems involve anything from robust sensors to stand-alone and/or integrated systems for service, presentation, automation, hydrography and DP/DT, supported by training simulators. Global life-cycle support – either remote or on location – guarantees durability and reliability. The company, which has paved the way in its sectors for over 40 years, is based in Sliedrecht and employs over 100 people.

IHC Systems is part of Royal IHC (IHC), the global market leader in the construction of specialized ships for wet mining and dredging activities, and an important player in the field of complex custom-built offshore ships. However, we do not stop there. For every ship, we also develop advanced equipment that is integrated seamlessly. In addition, we offer life-cycle support to our customers, which is available worldwide and for the lifetime of our products. If you look at our customer base, you will find prominent dredging companies, oil and gas conglomerates, offshore contractors and national governments. With offices worldwide, IHC has an international orientation. Today we have 3,000 colleagues working in various locations across The Netherlands and overseas. For more information about IHC please check:


Are you interested in the position of Conceptual Design Engineer and do you recognise yourself in the job description? Please respond directly through our website: or by using the apply button.

For more information about Royal IHC, the vacancy and the application process, please visit or call the Recruitment department on +31 (0)88-015 4444.

Royal IHC does not approve of commercial, contractor and/or agency acquisition or commercial use of this advertisement. Proposing candidates without invitation is not appreciated and will not be considered by IHC.


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