How to become a Naval Architect

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. Naval architects may specialise in structure and design, management, cost calculations, manufacturing processes, research, mechanical practices, hydrodynamics and hydrostatics, stability, propulsion or systems engineering.

Personal requirements of a Naval Architect

  • 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

Education & Training for a Naval Architect

To become a naval architect you usually have to complete a degree in engineering with a major in naval architecture. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of mathematics, physics and chemistry are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 2.1%

NSW 30.5%

NT 0.5%

QLD 22.7%

SA 11.4%

TAS 0%

VIC 23.2%

WA 9.6%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 93.6%

Female 6.4%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 71.7%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 28.3%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 48.3%

Above 35 years: 50.8%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
Students and graduates can apply for membership of Engineers Australia and the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA). RINA offers student membership, as well as information and guidance on how to become a chartered professional naval architect. Visit their websites for further information.
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