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Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture)
Naval architects are professional engineers who design and oversee the construction and repair of marine craft and various offshore structures. This includes naval craft, passenger and cargo ships, submarines, high-speed ferries and catamarans, tugs, yachts and offshore drilling platforms.
Naval architects understand the properties of the environments in which marine craft operate and determine ways to optimise their operations to meet operational, safety and performance goals. Australia leads the world in the design and construction of high-speed aluminium craft, and naval architects are in great demand in this sector.
Naval architects are also in demand in companies that design and build leisure craft and sailing and power yachts. Many of the vessels of the Royal Australian Navy, deployed in the defence of the nation, have been built in Australian yards with considerable Australian design input. These include patrol boats, mine hunters, frigates and submarines.
This course is offered in collaboration with the Australian Maritime College at the University of Tasmania in Launceston, Tasmania.
Students are required to complete practicum placement(s) as part of this course.
Non-Standard Timetable Information (e.g. early start, weekend courses, etc)
The first two years of the course are delivered at ECU's Joondalup Campus. The final two years are delivered at the Australian Maritime College in Launceston and students will need to relocate to Launceston for this portion of the course.
Additional Course Information
During the course, students will be required to undertake a minimum of 12 weeks relevant industry work experience. This will normally be undertaken during a vacation period.
This course has been provisionally accredited by Engineers Australia. Full accreditation is normally granted when the first cohort of students graduate from the program. This is expected in 2015.
Naval architects also have career opportunities in other sectors of the marine industry including oil and gas, marine surveying and consulting.
Naval Architect, Maritime Engineer, Submersible Vehicle Engineer, Oil and Gas Engineer, Marine Surveyor, Mechanical Engineer
Students whose performance over the four years of the course is of a high standard may be awarded the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours degree.