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When Downtime Is Not An Option.

About Us

What Powers Us Up...

It is our commitment at PCE to raise your expectations on the level of servicing and repair of power systems. We realize you are looking for rapid, high reliability solutions from a trusted partner. We will provide you with the highest level of integrity and expertise, and only recommend what’s good for your situation. We will use all resources possible to minimize downtime and give the best value for your dollar. We stand by our work and our word.

Authorized Service Dealer for:
 authorized dealer for Bosch ADS Denso HamiltonJet Twin Disc Scania Yanmar Stanadyne Delphi Cummins

If It Ain’t Broke, We Fixed It!

We understand that you require more than just experts for the right price, but dedicated technicians that quickly provide you with the best solutions. Therefore, it is our mission to repair your power systems with precision, reliability and the greatest sense of urgency.

Why PCE Is The One To Choose

More Than 40 Years Experience In Naval And Commercial Repairs check-box-red
Proven, Problem Solving and Repair Capabilities check-box-red
100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantees With Versatile, Reliable And Rapid, 24/7 Response check-box-red
Decades Of Experience In The Ship Repair Industry check-box-red
One Of The Fastest Turnaround Times In The Industry check-box-red
Unsurpassed, Best Clean Room (Bosch Specs) and Factory Training check-box-red
Lowest Warranty Return Rate In The Industry check-box-red
One Of The Highest Client Retention Rate Over The Last 40 Years check-box-red
Our History

Propulsion Controls Engineering was established in San Diego, California on August 27, 1974 by John P. (Jack) Reilly, Morley J. (Joe) Clapp, and Jim Humphreys, three former civilian employees of NAVSEACENPAC, who realized an increasing demand within the Navy for their technical expertise.

While their initial focus was on service & repair of main propulsion boiler combustion & feed water control systems and instrumentation, it soon expanded to include overhaul and maintenance of the “controlled” equipment. Main feed pumps, forced draft blowers, fuel oil service pumps, and ship’s service turbine generators were an early addition to PCE’s expanding list of service capabilities.

Over time PCE continued to grow both in size and capability, while adhering to the basic objectives of the founders – providing the highest quality of service in a timely manner.


A branch office was established in Honolulu, Hawaii, followed by the opening of an additional branch in Seattle, Washington in August of 1980. This placed PCE in an ideal situation to provide its services to a larger segment of the fleet. PCE maintains this “footprint” today, with the Seattle shop now relocated to Everett, Washington.


PCE purchased a diesel fuel injection shop and hydraulics division from National Pump & Injector, further adding to its list of services & areas of expertise. The initial diesel fuel injection shop capabilities were further enhanced with the acquisition of a diesel engine repair company (formerly C & J Marine) in 2002. Their initial customer base was largely private pleasure, commercial & sport fishing craft, but has since been expanded to include the Navy’s small boats, RHIB’s, and more recently overhauls of main propulsion and ships service diesel engines on the LSD, LPD, LHA and other ship classes.

The hydraulic division transitioned easily from what was mostly a commercial repair environment and quickly adapted and learned to service and repair a wide variety of Navy and MSC equipment, including steering systems, deck & UNREP equipment, cranes, elevators, stern gates, bow thrusters, and boat davits, as well as a wide variety of hydraulic pumps, motors, rams, and control valves. Raytheon has been a more recent addition to the hydraulic customer base through its SECREPs program ultimately supporting the US Marine Corps’ combat systems and equipment.


PCE was the Supervisor of Shipbuilding (San Diego) CIS contractor for steam valve repairs. In performance of that contract PCE developed and expanded its welding skills, procedures, and certifications to include high pressure/high temperature steam systems, alloy steels, and hard facing metals. The weld division, once considered an “in-house” support trade, now regularly takes on & completes large scale projects such as installation & replacement of a variety of shipboard piping systems, fabrication & repair of evaporators, distilling plants, and heat exchangers, as well as structural fabrication and repair.


Following a stringent tooling, facility, & financial audit, PCE became an Authorized Dealer (AD) for Woodward Governor Company. Today PCE is recognized as an AISF (Authorized Independent Service Facility) for Woodward Governor and is the primary local provider of service for both the US Navy and Military Sealift Command vessels, as well as an extensive list of commercial customers.


PCE has been the holder of an Agreement for Boat Repair (ABR) with NAVSEA. After signing, PCE subsequently won and completed several large repair contracts as a prime contractor including the machinery plant package for the FY96 SRA on USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) in San Diego and the FY97 topside package on USS Nimitz (CVN-68) in Bremerton. As an ABR, PCE is held to NAVSEA’s standards and subject to periodic audits and reviews for quality control & management, and also has access to the latest changes in repair standards, information, & procedures.


PCE acquired the former Pacific Defense Systems (PDS) electric motor rewind shop and facilities. This acquisition of six in house rewinders with over 100 years of experience has made PCE Motor Division an expert in handling the complexities of any AC/DC electric motor repair.


PCE Washington opened our newest branch in Bremerton, WA. The establishment of our presence within this area will serve to increase our ability and responsiveness to our customers within this part of the Puget Sound Region.

PCE operates today primarily as a subcontractor for the local MSR’s (BAE Systems, NASSCO, CMSD), with its principal end customer being the United States Navy. Other customers include Military Sealift Command, Northrop-Grumman Ship Systems, the U.S. Coast Guard, local municipalities, school districts and many other commercial Industries.

Our Mission
our mission

Propulsion Controls Engineering is a privately owned, professionally managed, maritime and commercial repair company, providing a broad spectrum of the highest quality, rapid response services, to its military and civilian customers, while maintaining the highest level of customer and employee satisfaction.

Awards & Recognition
  • Signal Mutual Indemnity Association “Industry Leader Safety Award”
  • Small Business Administration - PCE is the recipient of the United States Small Business Administration’s Award for Excellence. PCE was nominated for this award by National Steel & Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), the major Navy shipbuilding & repair contractor on the West Coast, in recognition of PCE’s premium quality service and products, delivered on time & within budget.
  • Expeditionary Strike Group Three Recognition - On Feb 16, 2010 PCE was honorably recognized for our hard work and dedication to the US Military by Admiral Earl Gay, Commander Expeditionary Strike Group Three.
  • Northrop Grumman Award - On December 10, 2009 PCE was recognized with the Northrop Grumman Outstanding Support Award as a Northrop Grumman Team Member, selected from over 40,000 vendors & subcontractors.
  • H.G. Makelin - PCE was honorably recognized for the largest sales increase for 2007 by H.G. Makelin Company.
  • ADS Member- PCE has been a member of the Association of Diesel Specialists since 2006.
Safety, Security & Environmental

Propulsion Controls Engineering (PCE) is committed to providing a safe and healthful work environment.Injuries and Illnesses will be minimized by protecting workers through administrative, engineering, and personal protective equipment (PPE). Worksite hazards are minimized by the use of Job Hazard Analysis (JHA), identifying potential hazards prior to the start of any work. Continuous employee training ensures team members are trained to exceed the industry standards.

PCE is dedicated to continuous improvement, meeting or exceeding all state and federal regulations and legislation. We strive to prevent occupational injuries and illnesses for employees and to protect our subcontractors, customers, visitors and neighbors.

All employees shall conduct their work and activities in a safe manner.

“Safety doesn’t happen; it grows with its employees.”

“Safety is the responsibility of all PCE employees, giving us the best chance to reach our goals.”

Quality policy

Propulsion Controls Engineering accepts responsibility for the complete satisfaction of its customers. We exercise this responsibility through the adequate training of our employees, adherence to proven procedures, total commitment to meeting and exceeding customer requirements, and maintaining a company culture that fosters continuous improvement. Our objective is to deliver defect free products/services on time, every time.

Company Values
PCE presidentPCE is a company which strives to embody the highest in core values, fundamental to the rights and responsibilities of all personnel, considered key to professional, inter-personal and organization relationships. Such values include but are not limited to:


  • Treating all employees, customers, and associates with dignity and respect; promoting equal opportunity regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, age, or handicap.
  • Open, honest and trustworthy in all actions or duties.
  • Taking responsibility and accountability for one’s actions.
  • Compliance with all policies, laws and regulations.


  • Promote a climate of mutual respect among management, workers, and coworkers; where productive viewpoints, opinions, and suggestions are not only encouraged, but respected when shared.
  • Understanding and respectful of an individual’s needs regardless of personal opinion or beliefs.


  • Collaboration among management, workforce and customer(s) in the accomplishment of short and long-term goals and objectives.

Customer Service

  • Understanding and meeting our customer/client’s needs while enhancing their success through the quality of our products and service.
  • Providing a product/service better than anyone else within our industry.
  • Demonstrating the highest in responsiveness and quality.
  • Developing strong professional business relationships.


  • To our personnel; dedicated to provide our workforce with the facilities, support, training and tools necessary to remain professional, productive, and successful.
  • To the Quality of Product, Services.
Employment Opportunities

Propulsion Controls Engineering takes pride in the quality and experience of its staff. We are constantly looking for new skilled workers to stay ahead of the pack and welcome resumes submitted electronically.

For employment opportunities at any of our locations, please fill out this PDF Application. Once you have filled out the attached PDF Application, please save it to your desktop then submit via email to employment@pcesandiego.com

Propulsion Controls Engineering and all our divisions are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and endorse a Drug Free Work Environment. We appreciate your interest in our company.

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Our Guarantee

At PCE, we pledge to provide you with the highest level of integrity and expertise; to recommend only what’s good for you and your situation; to use all resources possible to minimize downtime; to give the best value for your dollar; and to stand by our work and our word.

Contact Us

Corporate Headquarters
1620 Rigel Street
San Diego, CA 92113
Phone: (619) 235-0961
Fax: (619) 233-5096 
Diesel & Motor Division
3376 Main Street
San Diego, CA 92113
Phone: (619) 235-0961
Fax: (619) 687-0038 
99-1221 Halawa Valley Street
Aiea, HI 96701-3281
Phone: (808) 486-6600
Fax: (808) 845-1652 
920 West Marine View Drive
Everett, WA 98201-1300
Phone: (425) 257-9065
Fax: (425) 259-6851