Team player wanted to lead feasibility studies

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 26 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 26 May, 2007, 12:00am

With construction booming, Maunsell is in need of an experienced senior maritime engineer

An engineering consultancy has a highly specialised maritime position open for someone with their sights set beyond our shores.

Part of an American group with more than 30,000 staff and projects in 60 countries, Maunsell AECOM has been involved in building piers, ports, coastal structures, tunnels and bridges in Hong Kong for 32 years.

With construction booming, Maunsell Consultants Asia, the flagship of Maunsell AECOM in Hong Kong, is in need of a senior maritime engineer with at least 10 years of experience to work in its design office. Not to be confused with a marine engineer who deals with the electrical and mechanical workings of a ship, the maritime engineer will lead feasibility studies, design and documentation for port and coastal infrastructure or structures.

'Senior maritime engineers are the guys who supervise engineers doing calculations and running computer models to analyse coastal structures and also serve as the lead for documentation,' said Michael Lai Ki-cheong, executive director of Maunsell Consultants Asia.

Projects may also include the design of container terminals and cruise terminals.

'We're even in the process of coming up with maritime design for the cruise ship terminal in Kai Tak,' said Mr Lai, adding breakwaters, marinas, fuel jetties, and seawalls to the list of projects this person may be involved with.

He said that since many projects were government tenders, Maunsell's engineering pay scale closely followed theirs.

A maritime engineer not only does feasibility and design of port structures, but also on certain aspects of the terminal infrastructure.

'He [the maritime engineer] is involved with designing things inside a container terminal such as paving, lighting, refer stacks, drainage, electrical substations and anything connected with the operation,' Mr Lai said, noting that this was a very special job and one that the company believed might be filled from abroad.

Experience counts in this position, and a master's degree in maritime engineering is preferred.

The successful candidate will be expected to join the company and hit the ground running.

If new technology or information becomes available that is vital to the job, Maunsell AECOM would support additional training.

This role is important to the firm as it affects its business stream.

'Feasibility studies are needed to tell the client 'these are the possible schemes that will work that are viable, and this is what it will cost',' Mr Lai explained.

The appointee will have several engineers reporting to him or her, depending on the size of the project. The incumbent must lead the team in delivering the designs in time and within budget.

Desired attributes include being a good team player and having the ability to communicate with people at all levels, including clients.