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About Us: Robert Allan Ltd. is a renowned firm of internationally recognized Naval Architects based in Vancouver, Canada. With a history of innovation and excellence spanning over nine decades, we have solidified our position as industry leaders in marine vessel design. From high-performance tugs to sophisticated research vessels, we specialize in crafting innovative designs that set new standards in maritime engineering. At Robert Allan Ltd., we are committed to delivering the highest safety and operational integrity standards for vessel owners worldwide.

Reports to: Manager, Naval Architecture and Technical Manager, Ship Structures

Location: Vancouver, BC OR St John’s, NL

Position Summary: Robert Allan Ltd. is seeking an experienced specialist in the structural design of tugs, commercial workboats, barges, and other steel or aluminum craft to join our design teams developing various vessel types for local and international clients at our Vancouver office. Working remotely will be considered from within Canada.

Duties & Anticipated Tasks:

  • Structural design drawings (AutoCAD 2D) and supporting calculations
  • 3D modeling of ship structures
  • Supporting the development of structure-related drawing templates & guidelines
  • Participation in various technical groups within the company
  • Mentoring junior technical staff


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in steel ship structural design & analysis of steel and/or aluminum vessels
  • In-depth familiarity with marine classification society rules and first principles calculations
  • Practical knowledge of welding, repairs, modifications, conversions
  • Able to work independently, manage priorities and apply sound judgment and decision-making to solve complex technical problems
  • High level of proficiency in AutoCAD and Excel
  • Experience in 3D modeling using Rhino, CADMATIC or other similar packages
  • Shipyard experience preferred
  • Eligibility for registration as a Professional Engineer in British Columbia an asset

 Additional Requirements: Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada (Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or holder of a valid Canadian work permit).

Salary: $70,000 – $95,000 CAD/year (commensurate with experience and qualifications)

Why Robert Alan Ltd.?

You will join a company renowned for its strong reputation and track record of success in the industry. You will gain exposure to diverse and impactful projects with global significance and access to training programs, workshops, and conferences to develop your skills and further advance your career. Additionally, Robert Allan Ltd. provides a competitive Total Rewards Package featuring a comprehensive Health & Wellness Plan, Flexible Spending Account, and Employee Assistance Programs dedicated to supporting your physical and mental well-being.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume and/or cover letter to

Seize the opportunity to shape the future of marine vessel design and apply today.