Naval Architects design and oversee the construction and repair of marine craft and floating structures.

    A bachelor degree in engineering majoring in naval architecture is needed to work as a Naval Architect. Some Naval Architects complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • Engages in research and development work specialising in design and construction of ships and other vessels.
    • Consults with specialists to co-ordinate design of vessel.
    • Carries out surveys of ships’ hulls, superstructures and equipment, and measures ships for tonnage and freeboard.
    • Conducts investigations into such matters as structural faults and losses due to capsize, on behalf of parties involved in litigation.
    • Designs yachts and other small vessels.

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    • $2,155 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Naval Architects

    • 320 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 92% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 40 years Average age
    • 8% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Naval Architects (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 330 in 2011 to 320 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Naval Architects work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Manufacturing; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (92%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 8% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services44.5
    Manufacturing32.5
    Public Administration and Safety12.3
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing4.1
    Other Industries6.6

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateNaval ArchitectsAll Jobs Average
    NSW28.431.6
    VIC11.625.6
    QLD16.120.0
    SA11.37.0
    WA23.510.8
    TAS5.52.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT3.51.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketNaval ArchitectsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-248.9-9.39.3
    25-3425.8-22.922.9
    35-4425.8-22.022.0
    45-5419.1-21.621.6
    55-597.0-9.09.0
    60-647.0-6.06.0
    65 and Over6.4-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationNaval ArchitectsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate17.3-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree66.8-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma7.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV5.4-21.121.1
    Year 121.4-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below1.4-12.512.5

    A bachelor degree in engineering majoring in naval architecture is needed to work as a Naval Architect. Some Naval Architects complete postgraduate studies.

    Membership with the Royal Institute of Naval Architects and Engineers Australia may be useful.

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    Employers look for Other Engineering Professionals who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Engineering and technology

      90% Skill level

      Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    2. Technical design

      83% Skill level

      Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    3. Mathematics

      81% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Physics

      78% Skill level

      The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

    5. Computers and electronics

      73% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Face-to-face discussions

      96% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    2. Electronic mail

      95% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    3. Telephone

      94% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    4. Teamwork

      92% Important

      Work with people in a group or team.

    5. Being exact or accurate

      91% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

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