Naval architects design and oversee the construction, survey and repair of marine craft and floating structures, including naval craft, passenger and cargo ships, submarines, high-speed ferries and catamarans, tugs, boats, yachts and oil rigs.
Duties & Tasks
Naval architects may perform the following tasks:prepare preliminary designs by consulting with clients such as ship owners, ship builders, shipping organisations and maritime research institutesestimate the initial vessel construction costs and lifetime running costs of a vesseldetermine the most suitable type and size for a vessel and ensure proposed designs meet performance and cost requirementsdetermine the proportions and shape of the hull (body) of the vesseldesign accommodation and cargo areasmake calculations relating to the structural and mechanical aspects of design, construction and repairmake calculations relating to the stability of the vessel and prepare the stability book to go on board the vessel to be used by the master and officerssupervise other people who prepare detailed designs, specifications and building contractscoordinate the work of other engineersobtain plan approval and supervise construction workplan, supervise and evaluate dockside and sea trials of the vesselsurvey vesselsorganise repairs and modifications to vesselsresearch efficient ways for vessels to move through waterprovide risk assessment and claims management for insurance.
They work in a variety of settings from drawing offices to shipyards and on board for sea trials.
- enjoy technical and engineering activities aptitude for mathematics and physics good oral and written communication skills aptitude for computing and technical design practical and creative ability able to work independently or as part of a team able to accept responsibility interested in the marine environment.