Are you ready to make your mark as a senior hydraulic engineer by playing a crucial role in the quality assurance of our fleet and the application of technical innovations? As a world-class maritime service provider, Boskalis has the ambition to continue innovating so that customers have access to the most efficient and sustainable technical solution. You can imagine that this principle creates great opportunities for you as a senior hydraulic engineer. 

Being able to work systematically and independently are two prerequisites for being successful in the role of senior hydraulic engineer. Based on your extensive knowledge and experience, you know how to analyze problems flawlessly and translate clients' needs into feasible concepts and solutions. 

You are customer-oriented and have an eye for detail, but you never lose sight of the organizational interests and the big picture. You are eager keeping up with technical developments in the hydraulic field and related fields and broaden and organize knowledge accumulation in the organization. You maintain and apply relevant regulations regarding safety and classification societies. In this role you will also manage a lot of external parties.

We recently expanded our fleet with the world's largest heavy lifting vessels, the Bokalift 2. The Motion Compensated Pile Gripper was developed in-house and is typically a project for a senior hydraulic engineer.

Your responsibilities senior hydraulic engineer

  • Analyzing the hydraulic problem definition and coordination with stakeholders.
  • Creating the technical concept design and writing functional specification(s).
  • Supervising basic & detailed engineering.
  • Budget calculations.
  • Monitor progress during engineering and work in progress.
  • Technical inspection of designs, documents and drawings.
  • Organizing and leading executive activities at (foreign) locations.
  • Managing and integrating hydraulics-related activities when commissioning projects.
  • Share responsibility for official acceptances, sea trials and final delivery of the assigned disciplines.

Your qualities and experience

You can move ahead as a senior hydraulic engineer if you have:

  • You have completed a bachelor or master in Mechanical Engineering or Maritime Technology.
  • Over the past five years you have gained experience in the maritime and/or dredging sector in the field of hydraulic installations.
  • You have experience with independently designing installations and carrying out trouble shooting on board. Design knowledge and experience with complex hydraulic installations are recommended.
  • You have experience with complex specifications and budgets and tender processes at shipyards, subcontractors and suppliers.
  • You have experience in managing internal and external parties to ensure realization, commissioning and aftercare within the specifications on time, quality and budget.
  • You have experience in evaluating and assessing project engineers and subcontractors.
  • You have an excellent command of the English language, both spoken and written.
  • Willingness to travel: your place of employment is Papendrecht and you regularly go abroad for shorter periods. Your working environment is, therefore, both national and international.

What you can expect

  • A dynamic environment: A job that allows you to collaborate with a talented team of experts from different backgrounds and contribute to making a significant impact.
  • Rewarding conditions: A competitive salary and much more, including holiday allowance, holiday entitlement of 26 days (based on a full-time contract) and a number of collective scheduled days off, a non-contributory pension scheme, collective schemes such as company health insurance, travel allowance and foreign posting terms.
  • Career development: We offer you plenty of opportunities to bring out the best in yourself for example through (online) courses at our Boskalis academy.
  • The Boskalis campus: Experience the unique Boskalis vibe at our Papendrecht site, complete with restaurants, sports field, and a wharf where our vessels dock. We offer a state-of-the-art auditorium, brainstorming rooms, experience center for client meetings, and a barista corner where you can connect with colleagues.
  • Young Boskalis: Are you under 36? Come and join Young Boskalis! Have fun and join in social and sports activities ranging from pub quizzes to yoga, bootcamps and an annual sailing boat race. Networking and knowledge sharing are a vital part of Young Boskalis as well.

Extra information

  • Your team: You will become part of the Central Fleet Support Department (CFS) in the role of senior hydraulic engineer. This department offers technical support to the three Boskalis divisions; Dredging & Inland Infrastructure, Offshore Energy, Salvage. You work in a core team of around 30 project engineers and you make an important contribution to the design and development of Dredging, Offshore and Salvage equipment or components thereof.
  • Where you will work: For office-based projects; in consultation with your manager and your team, you work partly at home and mainly in the office. In case you are part of a project in execution abroad; willingness to travel globally on a flexible rotational base (work on location for some weeks, followed by some weeks’ leave).
  • Full/part-time job: The position of senior hydraulic engineer is a full-time job (40 hours a week).
  • Next steps: Apply easily by completing the online application form. Interviews are held online or in the office. Once it’s clear we’re a good match, we’ll make you an offer – and look forward to welcoming you to the company.

About Boskalis

Working at Boskalis is about creating new horizons and sustainable solutions. In a world where population growth, an increase of global trade, demand for (new) energy and climate change are driving forces, we challenge you to make your mark in finding innovative and relevant solutions for complex infrastructural and marine projects.


We’ll be happy to answer your questions about the position of senior hydraulic engineer. Please contact Robert Smits, senior corporate recruiter via +31 78 696 83 98.

Interested? Please apply by uploading your motivation and resume.

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