Initially established in the 1950s to procure submarine components, BPMI has expanded its role as a Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program (NNPP) Prime Contractor. Today, BPMI personnel are involved in all aspects of the design, development, procurement, and support of all submarines and surface ship (primarily carrier) construction work.
Functioning as a "full service" engineering organization, BPMI is involved in field support activities, including refueling, defueling, and overhauls. Approximately 60% of the workforce is comprised of engineers (design, project, component, stress, materials, and manufacturing engineers). In addition, the BPMI workforce includes logistics personnel, contract administrators, financial, and other support personnel.
The three core BPMI functional areas are:
Among both equipment and service departments, engineers play a vital role at BPMI.
Often times, operations are divided into separate functions handled by small sections. In these small groups, employees can work as individuals. This environment fosters a close working relationship with management. Moreover, the professional atmosphere provides an opportunity for employees to attain their maximum job satisfaction and career development.
The engineering staff includes both Cognizant Engineers and Specialist Engineers. These engineers — working closely with the rest of the BPMI team — are responsible for keeping us on the leading edge of nuclear propulsion technology.
Cognizant Engineers are the key people for overall project engineering responsibility for reactor plant components.
- Use technical skills and knowledge to help establish the design of each component. Ultimately, they are responsible for its performance - it must perform in accordance with the specification and with complete integrity throughout its lifetime.
- Often part of the contract negotiating team and, as such, evaluate technical proposals, and participate in technical negotiations.
- Responsible for resolving problems that arise during inspection, installation, startup and operation. Sometimes that includes recommending programs to improve the performance and reliability of the components.
Specialist Engineers provide the support engineering necessary to keep our division at the leading edge of technology.
- Materials Engineers evaluate the processing, forming, joining, and testing of the metals and alloys used in the construction of nuclear plant components.
- Provisioning and Repair Part Engineers establish, maintain, and control documents in support of the Spare/Repair Parts Program.
- Structural Analysts provide the analytical support necessary to demonstrate the design adequacy of the nuclear plant equipment under thermal, pressure, hydraulic, shock and vibration loading.
- Quality Assurance Engineers provide metallurgical, welding, manufacturing, inspection, and analytical input to equipment departments to achieve cost-effectiveness and functional acceptability goals during the design, fabrication, testing, and operation phases of the component lifecycle.
Contract Specialists are responsible for all non-technical issues relating to the procurement process. This includes the prime contractor proposals, cost estimates, negotiations, order placement recommendations, administration of contracts, and resolution of contractual issues with various suppliers of the Naval Nuclear Program.
Logistics Data Analysts ensure that the right equipment is at the right place at the right time. The analysts are responsible for all aspects of component control, development and implementation of computerized on-line logistics procedures, and overall support of the operational fleet.
Engineering/Information Systems Applications Professionals are responsible for the preparation and publication of technical manuals, including electronic versions for display with standard Internet browsers. They are also responsible for converting legacy data into non-proprietary standards such as SGML.
Computer Systems Analysts and Network Analysts are responsible for the development and maintenance of BPMI's personal computers, local, wide area, and shipboard networks, and general business information systems.