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This assignment is granted in cooperation between Damen Song Cam Shipyard and Damen Research & Development.

During production of each vessel, equipment, fuel tanks and other components are installed and connected with metal pipes. Within the pipe workshop on the yard the process of measuring, manufacturing and fitting correctly dimensioned measure spools seems to be one that often proves to be a difficult process with possibilities for improvement. Measure spools are pipes that are customized to fit the real world situation, to allow for the tolerances and deviations from design that occur during the production process.

Currently the measure spools are pre-fabricated according to design drawing in a pipe workshop, at a separate location from the vessel. The spool is then fitted in the vessel to check whether it fits. If not, it is modified locally and fitted again. After this, the spool is brought back to the pipe shop for final welding. Then it is transported to the paint hall, to be painted. Finally, the pipe is brought to the vessel again and installed.

The role

The aim for the project is to reduce the time spent on making these pipe spools. To make this task easier and aim for a 100% first-time-right percentage of these spools, it is needed to know the exact location of the 2 end flanges with respect to each other. Commercially, some options are available but these are relatively expensive and do not cover all our needs.

For this reason, during past research projects a concept of a special measuring tool was developed, that defines the location of the two flanges with respect to each other, using rigid beams, a number of goniometers and relatively simple trigonometry calculations.

We now want to take this concept to the next level and make a design and functioning prototype for our yard. During the project you will also get to travel to the yard in Vietnam to observe the current way of working hands-on and/or present the findings of the assignment.

Key accountabilities

The assignment will consist of:
• Developing the measure spool fitting tool concept into a detailed design
• Building a working prototype of the finalized design
• Testing the prototype at one of our yards
• Presenting the findings to our local colleagues

Skills & experience

The perfect candidate is:
• A Bachelor (HBO/Academic) student/graduate in Mechanical Engineering, Maritime Technology, Mechatronics or similar
• Interested in ships or shipbuilding
• Familiar with 2D CAD and 3D modelling (basics).
• Capable of identifying and communicating with multiple stakeholders
• Independent, analytical and proactive.
• We are based in the Netherlands, but are an international company. So being able to speak both Dutch and English will help you navigating within the company.

What we offer

• A pleasant, informal working atmosphere and professional guidance
• A challenging, international environment where you have a lot of freedom and responsibilities;
• A very educational and fun internship with a clear goal and practical assignment;
• A travel abroad to our shipyard in Vietnam
• A role wherein you get to talk to different people and areas of expertise within the organization, both inside and outside of the Netherlands;
• An internship fee and travel allowance.


Are you ready to sail into your new adventure at Damen? Don’t hesitate, send us your motivation letter and resume here.