Naval Architect


    Naval architects work as part of a team responsible for designing, producing and repairing safe, sea-worthy surface or underwater vessels.



    • assessing project requirements and researching feasibility
    • planning and supervising the construction of vessels
    • negotiating and agreeing project budgets, timescales and specifications with clients
    • producing detailed designs of ships, boats and other maritime vessels using drawings and specialist computer software
    • developing and utilizing test procedures including computer modelling and scale models
    • interpreting and analyzing data and test results
    • sourcing and purchasing components, equipment and materials
    • ensuring adherence to appropriate health and safety legislation/standards
    • identifying the need for, and supervising, vessel repairs
    • writing reports and documentation
    • giving presentations
    • undertaking relevant research
    • supervising junior staff
    • providing technical advice
    • answering queries from clients.



    To become a naval architect working with professional status, you will need a degree in a related subject. The most direct route is to complete a BEng or MEng in naval architecture. However, courses in related fields such as engineering or marine science may also be accepted.



    • the ability to analyze and interpret technical information and drawings
    • a creative, enquiring and logical mind
    • good spoken and written communication skills for dealing with people both within and outside the engineering profession
    • sound judgement
    • team working skills
    • commercial awareness
    • strong IT skills
    • leadership qualities.