Naval Architect

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Naval architects are responsible for conducting basic and applied research as well as designing, developing, and evaluating construction during all stages of the life of a marine vessel. This includes everything from ship structural analysis and design to determining which materials to use within a particular ship, and overseeing the building, maintenance and repair of marine vessels and systems. They design and develop marine vessels and floating structures and associated marine power plants, propulsion systems and related systems and equipment.

Work type:


Most likely to work in:

Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick

Most employees have:

Bachelor's Degree


Professional Engineer Certificate

What you do

A Naval Architect performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Design and develop ships, barges, tugs, dredges, submarines, floats, and buoys
  • Design the associated marine power plants and propulsion systems
  • Oversee the building, maintenance, and repair of vessels and marine systems

What you need

  • An eye for detail and an aptitude for design
  • Ability to think analytically and logically
  • Ability to work with high amounts of focus and patience
  • Persistence and good judgement
  • Ability to visualize three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawings
  • Strong communication and collaborative skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Who's hiring in Atlantic Canada?

Your Career Pathway

Post-Secondary Educational Programs

Provincial Standards Examination for Right to Title and Practice

Certification attests that the holder has met provincial requirements for the occupation. Certification is required to practice this profession.