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Naval Architect

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Naval architects are engineers who are responsible for designing, building, maintaining and repairing all kinds of ships and offshore structures, from oil tankers, cargo ships, yachts and vehicle and passenger ferries to submarines, warships, hovercraft and oil and gas platforms.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

The starting salary for graduate entrants is usually around £28,000 a year. With experience this can rise to £35,000 to £50,000 a year. Senior architects can earn up to £65,000 or more a year.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

UK wide, naval architects are employed by shipbuilding and repair yards, oil rig fabricators, marine equipment manufacturers, shipping companies, the Ministry of Defence and the Defence Engineering and Science Group.

There are also some opportunities in designing and building yachts and other small craft. Some work as ship surveyors for marine classification companies which set standards for the design, construction and maintenance of ships, or for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
6627
1.7 %
RISE
2023
6739
  United Kingdom
2018
65426
2.4 %
RISE
2023
67014

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Engineering Council sets and maintains the standards of the engineering profession in the UK. It does so through 35 professional engineering institutions which are Licensed Members of the Engineering Council.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers website has more information on careers in engineering.

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British Marine

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Engineering Council
Tel: 020 3206 0500
Website: http://www.engc.org.uk/
Twitter: @EngCouncil

Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)
Tel: 020 7382 2600
E-mail: info@imarest.org
Website: https://www.imarest.org
Twitter: @IMarEST
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheIMarEST/

Royal Institution of Naval Architects
Tel: 020 7235 4622
E-mail: hq@rina.org.uk
Website: http://www.rina.org.uk/
Twitter: @RoyInstNavArch
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Royal-Institution-of-Naval-Architects-275119132757/

Science Council
Tel: 020 3434 2020
E-mail: enquiries@sciencecouncil.org
Website: http://www.sciencecouncil.org/
Website (2): http://www.futuremorph.org/
Twitter: @Science_Council

The Science Council provides the quality assurance system for those working in science. They set the standards for professional registration for practising scientists and science technicians across all scientific disciplines. Those scientists who reach the required standards are recognised by the following designations CSci, CSciTeach, RSci and RSciTech.

SEMTA (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
Tel: 0845 643 9001
E-mail: customerservices@semta.org.uk
Website: http://www.semta.org.uk/
Twitter: @SemtaSkills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SemtaSkills?ref=hl

SEMTA is the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies.

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Career Area

Engineering

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