The Great Lakes Group


Shipyard Project Manager

General Description

The Project Manager (PM) is responsible for successful direction, coordination, planning, estimating, scheduling, and execution of assigned vessel overhaul, repair and modification solicitations, bids, estimates, proposals and contracts, including the safe and effective execution of all projects and programs on time, within budget, and in a high-quality manner.

General Requirements

  • The PM will use his prior experience and expertise in the ship repair industry to oversee production / purchasing / engineering tasks for assigned projects.
  • The PM will take responsibility for all facets of project oversight, including development of estimates and proposals, progress monitoring and tracking, and budget adherence for all repair and modification projects, including government and commercial contracts, and such other projects as assigned.
  • The PM will coordinate and work with the New Construction Manager, Repair Manager, and General Manager to assess, modify, and create improved shipyard production activities and administrative functions involving engineering, estimating, scheduling, logistics, safety, subcontractors, purchasing, material controls, invoicing, change orders and more; ensuring that all shipyard projects are safely and successfully completed in a cost effective manner, and in accordance with contract specifications.
  • The PM will also participate in developing and establishing processes and sequences to be used for completing work and determining the best methods and procedures that will produce the most cost-effective results, without compromising safety or quality.
  • Other duties include progress and quality monitoring, ensuring work complies with specification and client requirements, and any other detail of shipyard overhaul, repair and modification projects and programs, including welding, machinery installation, electrical and auxiliary systems, outfitting, commissioning, sea trials and delivery.
  • Oversight includes all assigned project personnel, budgets, schedules, purchasing, vendor tracking, labor hour forecasting, and invoicing.
  • Additional responsibilities may include multiple and varied fabrication, production, quality and other engineering-related assignments, as opportunities arise and/or as directed. Assignments may require travel or supervision of work aboard vessels. However, the position is shoreside and based in Cleveland, Ohio. Travel may be required from time to time.
  • The PM must maintain a working knowledge of USCG Regulations and ABS Rules, and work with the USCG Inspectors, ABS Surveyors and others as required to meet all classification, quality and regulatory requirements.
  • The PM must maintain proficiency with Microsoft Office software, project management systems, and AutoCad (Viewer) is required in addition to utilization of the Company’s job cost and purchasing software system after completion of training provided either in-house or by the Company’s software vendor if needed.
  • The PM shall comply with and enforce all Company policies.
  • Must have at least two years of experience in marine engineering or shipyard design.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) appropriate to current or daily job duties
  • Carry up to 50 pounds occasionally
  • Bend, twist, kneel and reach constantly
  • Endure noise, fumes, and dust


We offer an excellent benefits package that includes healthcare, dental, vision, short-term and long-term insurance, 401(k) profit sharing plan, vacation time, sick time and company paid holidays.

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Attn: Human Resources
The Great Lakes Towing Company
4500 Division Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102


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The Great Lakes Group is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity Employer; M/F/V/D.