Technical and Failure Investigation - Machinery Specialist

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Date: 22 Jun 2024

Location: Southampton, GB, SO53 3RY

Company: Lloyds Register

Job ID:38879

Technical and Failure Investigation - Machinery Specialist


Location: UKI home based, reporting into the TFI Department based in the LR Group Technology Centre, Chandlers Ford near Southampton, Hampshire.  

Position Category: Specialist Consulting

Position Type: Employee Regular


What we’re looking for 


The Technical and Failure Investigation Department (TFI) is part of Lloyd’s Register Performance Services and provides world-class advisory services for investigation of failures and technical issues to global clients by undertaking engineering assessment and evaluation of systems and components to help marine owners and operators minimise business downtime. Using core and advanced engineering skills to identify and understand the root causes of failures, we provide customised solutions to allow recovery back to operation as part of a rapid response service.


The TFI team is based in the UK with a number of Engineers based globally. 


Reporting to the TFI Manager, a key responsibility of this role is to carry out a wide range of technical and failure investigations which will include vessel and on-site investigation work and collaboration with our own state of the art materials and instrumentation laboratory in Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire.

Technical training will be provided with regard to LR proprietary analysis software, however, the successful candidate must be experienced with the type of work required of the role. Ideally, they will be familiar with use and application of instrumentation and processing of the measured data.   


What we offer you 

Competitive Salary

The opportunity to work for an organization that has a strong sense of purpose, is values driven and helps colleagues to develop professionally and personally through our range of people development programmes. 



The Role: 


To provide technical support to the Technical and Failure Investigation, Risk Reliability & Human Factors and Performance Design and Environmental teams as required.

To produce deliverables (analysis and formal reporting) within agreed parameters in an appropriate format.

To discuss / present deliverables with internal / external clients and be able to suggest alternative solutions where appropriate.

Undertake administration as required in line with current processes and procedures.

Produce proposals and define required scope of work to meet client’s expectations. Ensure consistency of proposals to clients according to established procedures.

To assess / recommend the time / value of the work to be undertaken for an internal / external client within an agreed fee / cost structure and within the commercial aspects of the contract.

To make recommendations based on internal / external client feedback to assist in service delivery improvement and to help build the business.

Be pro-active in sharing knowledge with the team and advising colleagues based on reviews and own experience; build an internal network of contacts in order to gain knowledge from senior personnel within Lloyd’s Register.

Conduct activities in line with internal procedures, accreditation schemes, legislation, and industry standards.

To pursue Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and maintain a high degree of discipline knowledge and awareness.

To mentor / coach other technical employees to achieve effective technical knowledge transfer and application.

To undertake project management where applicable including monitoring project progress and spend against budget and contract requirements.



What you bring :


A degree or equivalent from a tertiary organisation recognised by Lloyd’s Register within the relevant field of engineering or physical science (minimum of two years programme) or qualifications from a marine or nautical institution and relevant sea-going experience as a certificated ship’s officer.

Proficiency in the English Language commensurate with the work i.e. writing formal technical investigation reports.

Familiarity with MATLAB for data post processing.

Good general knowledge of marine power plant machinery including internal combustion engines (mainly diesel and dual fuel), electric motors, propulsion shafting and alignment techniques, steering gear, gearing, dampers, couplings, propellers, pumps & piping, steam plant etc.

Experience of the installation of ship propulsion shaftlines including on-site general metrology measurements, sighting (optical/laser), system modelling and analysis, bearing load measurement via jack-ups and strain gauge techniques etc.

Knowledge of Instrumentation techniques for data acquisition.

Ability to apply knowledge and experience to a wide range of technical investigations on client vessels/sites in the marine and offshore industry providing timely solutions in line with client expectations.

Perform duties in accordance with LR HSES and client site requirements as required.

Post-graduation, completion of a marine/mechanical engineering apprenticeship or recognised training and development period within technical specialism.

Be prepared to work away from home on challenging technical investigation jobs in shipyards or on ships in port and/or at sea on a worldwide basis for duration of a few days to several weeks at a time. This can amount to approximately 100+ days total per year away from home. 

Be prepared to make visits to LR GTC office and TFI laboratory in Chandlers Ford as required. This is particularly expected in the first 6 to 12 months whilst gaining familiarity with equipment and undertaking initial induction and training.

Eligible to live and work in the UK and meet standard visa requirements for overseas travel.

Driving licence.

Metallurgy knowledge an advantage.

Experience of performing RCA investigations an advantage.

Experience of vibration measurement and basic analysis an advantage.


You are someone who: 


Is keen to take accountability and ownership for delivering customer needs 

Is able to self-manage and prioritize tasks towards achieving goals 

Is effective at solving problems, trouble-shooting and making timely decisions 

Is flexible and eager to take initiatives 

Communicates in a structured way and has ability to present technical ideas in user-friendly language 

Displays a team spirit, particularly in a multicultural environment 

Responds positively to learning opportunities and is comfortable stepping out of own comfort zone 


About us 

We are a leading international technical professional service provider and a leader in classification, compliance, and consultancy services to the marine and offshore industry, a trusted advisor to our customers helping to design, construct and operate their assets to the highest levels of safety and performance. We are shaping the industry’s future through the development of novel and innovative technology for the next generation of assets, while continuing to deliver solutions for our customers every day.

Be a part of 

Lloyd’s Register is wholly owned by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a politically and financially independent global charity that aims to engineer a safer world through promoting safety and education. For a thriving ocean economy, Lloyd’s Register colleagues and Lloyd’s Register Foundation work together to fund research, foster industry collaboration and develop action-oriented solutions to make the world a safer place. 

Want to apply. 

Here at Lloyd’s Register, we care, we share and we do the right thing in every situation. It’s ingrained in our culture and everything we do. We are committed, and continually strive, to lead with our values that empower and enable an inclusive environment conducive to your growth, development and engagement. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you have experienced, how you identify, how old you are, where you are from, what your beliefs are or how your brain or body works – the diversity of our colleagues is fundamental to our futures and the changes we can make together. Our inclusive culture allows us to connect together authentically and to be courageous and bold. We don’t just talk about our differences, we celebrate them! 

We are committed to making all stages of our recruitment process accessible to all candidates. Please let us know if you need any assistance or reasonable adjustments throughout your application and we will do everything we possibly can to support you. 

 If you don't tick every box in these ads, please don't rule yourself out. We focus on hiring people who share our goal of working together for a safer, sustainable, thriving ocean economy. 

We care, we share, we do the right thing.

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Diversity and Inclusion at Lloyd's Register:

Together we are one Lloyd’s Register, committed to developing an inclusive and safe workplace that embraces and celebrates diversity. We strive to ensure that all applicants to LR experience equality of opportunity and fair treatment, because we believe it is the right thing to do. We hope you do too.


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