What does a Naval Architect do?
A naval architect works as part of a team responsible for designing, producing and repairing safe, sea-worthy surfaces or underwater vessels. They work with a range of vessels including ships, ferries, submarines, and yachts. Naval architects study design proposals and specifications to establish basic characteristics of a ship, such as size, weight, and speed. Additionally, they develop sectional and waterline curves of the hull to establish the center of gravity, ideal hull form, and data on buoyancy and stability. Naval architects generally work for government departments such as the Ministry of Defense.
A bachelor's degree in Naval Architecture or a related field such as Engineering or Marine Science may also be accepted for naval architect positions. Successful naval architects possess excellent spatial awareness and strong IT skills.
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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a naval architect
When working as a naval architect, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Quantity Surveying, CAD Software, AutoCAD, Calculations and Microsoft EXCEL.
- Project Engineer
- Project Manager
- Program Manager
- Civil Engineer
The most common qualifications to become a naval architect is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.