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 institutes
estimate the initial vessel construction costs and lifetime running costs of a vessel
determine the most suitable type and size for a vessel and ensure proposed designs meet performance and cost requirements
determine the proportions and shape of the hull (body) of the vessel
design accommodation and cargo areas
make calculations relating to the structural and mechanical aspects of design, construction and repair
make 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 officers
supervise other people who prepare detailed designs, specifications and building contracts
coordinate the work of other engineers
obtain plan approval and supervise construction work
plan, supervise and evaluate dockside and sea trials of the vessel
organise repairs and modifications to vessels
research efficient ways for vessels to move through water
provide 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.