The D426 Instrumentation/Voice/IC Systems group provides alarm, monitoring, and safety circuits that transmit data concerning ship systems and equipment conditions to command and control areas. Conditions such as temperature, pressure, and fluid levels must be available on a continuing basis for proper operation of the ship. Efficient methods to transmit, receive and display data from sensors (e.g. programmable logic controllers, VME cards) are also explored by the IC systems group. This group also engineers the advanced sensing technologies and instrumentation used to supply all HM&E systems with data. The IC systems group also provides for on-ship voice transmission by sound-powered telephones, amplified communication circuits, submarine wire free communications system, telephone services between the ship and shore, and the ship's entertainment system. The IC Systems group is responsible for the newly designed and is Co-In Service Engineering Agent (ISEA) for the Integrated Communications System (ICS) that is used on VIRGINIA Class and Moored Training Ship. D426 develops LED lights to be used with diver safety systems and outboard video systems. This group also engineers video monitoring and recording equipment consisting of COTS underwater cameras, underwater LED lights, LCD flat panels and state of the art video switching and recording devices. The Instrumentation/IC Systems group also acts as the lead electrical group for Diver Safety Systems-Scope of Certification (DSS-SOC) issues for the Electrical Design and Engineering directorate. |
This position requires working with other EB design and engineering disciplines, the shipyard trade organizations, buyers, planners, SOSG, various NAVSEA codes, and subcontractors/vendors on a daily basis. Technical responsibilities include the development of numerous VPM, SSBN/SSGN, and VIRGINIA Class system design products. Other responsibilities include working with and developing system and component specifications for new design and design improvements working extensively with purchasing and vendors to approve their design products and qualify vendor components to requirements.