Thomas W. Nodeen | Shipboard Aircraft Machinery, Mechanical Engineer

Shipboard Aircraft Machinery, Mechanical Engineer

Areas of Practice:

  • Design, installation, and testing of US Navy shipboard deck machinery including aircraft elevators, weapons elevators, cranes, and shipboard aircraft launch, recovery, handling, and support systems
  • Ship design, development, installation, and testing for new construction and overhaul
  • Lifecycle fleet support, research and development, specification development, and budget planning and programming to support improvement program engineering design and installations.
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Project Management

Professional Memberships:

  • Project Management Institute
  • Secret Security Clearance


  • Served as a technical advisor in the investigation of the USS Iowa No. 2 turret explosion.
  • Established performance and safety standards, technical oversight of research and development efforts, developing systems manufacture and design specifications for aircraft launch and recovery shipboard interfaces and air-craft handling systems, including aircraft and weapons elevators on board large deck aviation ships, including CV/CVN, LHA, LHD, LPH.
  • Lead the Crane and Elevator Branch at NAVSEA that was responsible for lifecycle management of all Navy shipboard cranes and elevators.
  • Produced military specifications (MILSPECS) and Naval Ship Technical Manuals (NSTM) related to the systems.
  • Performed engineering analysis, design, and testing of CVN 68 Class air-craft carrier deck machinery, including aircraft elevators, weapons elevators, steering gear, anchor windless, capstans, and cranes during new construction and overhaul.
  • Provided oversight of installation personnel to verify systems were installed and operated correctly, and oversaw validation testing of shipboard systems.