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Naval Architect

A Naval Architect is a professional engineer who is responsible for the design, construction and repair of ships, boats, other marine vessels and offshore structures, both civil and military, including: Merchant ships - Oil/Gas Tankers, Cargo Ships, Cruise Liners, etc.

Career Options

  • • Aerospace Engineer • Drafter • Electrical or Electronics Engineer • Mechanical Engineer • Petroleum Engineer • Interior Designer

Educational Qualifications

  • • Bachelor’s/ Master’s Degree in Naval Architecture • Doctoral Degree • Additional requirement- Mariner’s License

Personal Skills

  • • Communication skills. Marine engineers and naval architects must be able to give clear instructions and explain complex concepts when leading teams of professionals on projects. • Ingenuity. Marine engineers and naval architects must employ operations analysis to create a design that will most likely perform the ship’s functions
  • and then employ skills of critical thinking to anticipate and correct any deficiencies before the ship is built or set to sea. • Interpersonal skills. Marine engineers and naval architects meet with clients to analyze their needs for ship systems. Engineers must be able to discuss progress with clients to keep redesign options open before the project is too far along. • Math skills. Marine engineers and naval architects use the principles of calculus
  • trigonometry
  • and other advanced topics in math for analysis
  • design
  • and troubleshooting in their work. • Problem-solving skills. Marine engineers must design several systems for ships that work well together. Naval architects and marine engineers are expected to solve problems for their clients. They must draw on their knowledge and experience to make effective decisions.

Courses to be pursued

  • • Bachelor of Technology in Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering • Bachelor of Engineering in Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering • Bachelor of Engineering in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering • Bachelor of Technology in Naval Architecture and Ship Building • Post Graduate Diploma in Ship Building and Conversion Technology • Post Graduate Diploma in Offshore Structures and Sub Sea Engineering • Post-Graduate Advanced Diploma in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding • Diploma in Shipbuilding Engineering

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Working Conditions

• They typically work in offices, where they have access to computer software and other tools necessary for analyzing projects and designing solutions. Sometimes, they must go to sea on ships for testing or maintenance. • Those working on power generation projects, such as offshore wind turbines or tidal power, work along the coast—both offshore and on land. They also sometimes work on oil rigs where they oversee repair or maintenance of systems that they may have designed. • Naval architects often lead teams of diverse professionals to create feasible designs, and they must effectively use the skills that each person brings to the design process.

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Successful Persons

Leslie Geary

L.E."Ted" Geary was a naval architect who grew up in Seattle, Washington. He designed and raced numerous competitive sailing vessels, and also designed commuter yachts, fishing boats, tug boats, and wooden hulled freighters.

German Frers

Germán Frers is a naval architect renowned for designing successful racing yachts. He designed his first yacht in 1958. There is a design team consisting of Germán Frers and his son, also named Germán Frers, supported by a team of engineers, architects and designers, some of who have been with the company for more than 25 years. The company has designed more than 1,000 yachts.

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