- maths knowledge
- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- design skills and knowledge
- knowledge of physics
- analytical thinking skills
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to read English
- knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- coordinating the work of engineering design teams
- making sure that designs are safe, seaworthy and cost-effective
- preparing design plans using computer software
- checking and testing specifications using computer simulations and 3D models
- making sure that designs meet operational requirements
- coordinating manufacturing or repair work
You may need to wear protective clothing.
You could work in an office, at a shipyard, on a rig, on a ship or in a laboratory.
Your working environment may be at height and outdoors some of the time.
With experience, you could progress to senior positions. You could become a consultant, providing technical and commercial guidance, support and project management for research, design, construction, refits or conversions.
You could also move into other areas like procurement, sales and marketing
You can find out more about becoming a naval architect from:Royal Institution of Naval Architects; Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology; British Marine