Naval architect


A naval architect is responsible for analysing engineering systems and designing solutions such as performing hull and deck strength assessments and designing structural reinforcements. They also assist with the design and installation of equipment on vessels by performing structural assessments.

Lifecycle stages

Development and project management and manufacturing.

Typical employer

Specialist contractor.

Place of work

Onshore in an office and at a construction site.

Typical working pattern


Education, training and qualifications

Minimum NFQ level 7 in naval architecture, mechanical engineering, or other relevant fields. Knowledge of section modulus, hand calculations related to load, and ship stability is desired.

Chartered engineer or incorporated engineer status and membership of a relevant engineering institution is desirable.

Typical entry position & transferable sectors

Entry roles can include a graduate naval architect

Highly transferable from a variety of industries such as oil and gas, naval and defence.

Career possibilities

Naval architects can progress on as senior naval architects or senior project engineers.

Full time salary estimate

€52,000-€75,000 per year, depending on experience. This salary range is for this specific role.