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Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Jobs and Salary

Updated on June 21, 2012

Naval architecture and marine engineering jobs and salary are as awesome as a holiday in a yacht in Bora Bora. No wonder why CNN listed it as one of the top 15 jobs that pay more $70,000 per year. Marine vessels and vehicles operation and construction give so many opportunities for naval architects and engineers to the different areas of this career. Whilst naval architecture involves around the design, development, evaluation and calculations from the birth of a floating-vessel up to all the stages of its whole life, it is knotted with engineering which involves in the specifications, supervision of the construction, structural survey, plans, layouts, installation of associated equipments and many more about the maintenance and structure of a marine vessel or a ship.

This career covers all opportunities on the different descriptions of marine vessels or anything used for transporting on water. It does not focus on ship building only. Marine engineering and naval architecture jobs are hiring skilled and professional people in building and operation of passenger ships, cruise ships, ferries, yacht, submarines, high speed water crafts – hovercraft, multi-hull ships, hydrofoil craft, merchant ships like cargo ships, container ships, oil tankers, gas tankers, bulk carriers, deepwater oil and gas industry, also icebreakers and offshore platforms, subsea developments and even warships which includes lines of aircraft carriers, amphibians, frigates and many more.

You see, it is more special than being an architect and engineer under the field of construction of buildings, houses and land structures. A naval architect and marine engineer is mainly on water missions – serving and operating for the maintenance, modern structure and repair of water transportation vehicles and vessels although typically they work on shipyards, shipping firms, design firms and consultancies, ship and water craft manufacturers, navies and even the government. Nonetheless, they are assigned to offshore operations, too.

Job Descriptions and Salary

Naval Architect candidates are usually required to have the degree. Advanced skills and experience are given preference as to Safehull, ANSYSm Moses, FEMAP or SeaSafe. Knowledge of international codes including ABS and DNV criteria applied to steel renewal stability and calculations, FE analysis, vessel arrangement and compartmentation, strength of vessels and layouts, intact and damage stability. The architect will be working with other staff in producing vessel drawings for FPSO, TLP and semisubmersible conversions.

Marine engineer candidates are required to have the degree and usually are responsible for creation and monitoring of shipboard data logs from existing logs or on-site vessel surveys for proper configuration requirements and compliance as they must have enough knowledge of standard shipboard operations and command structure. The candidates also must have knowledge in creating technical documentation such as instructions and troubleshooting procedures. They are responsible for providing on-site installation and training of software and hardware products.

How much is the salary of naval architect and marine engineer? With amazing benefits and paid holidays, this career offers a starting salary of £25,000 to £28,000 depending on the geographical location of the job or firm. Naval architect and marine engineer average salary ranges from $65,000 to $ 89,000 annually. Higher positions of course pay higher salaries. It’s actually listed on’s Top 15 jobs that pay $70,000 per year. Jobs under this field are expected to grow as much as 17% from 2012 to 2016.

How to become a naval architect and marine engineer?

If you dream to work in the navy or want to be a naval architect or marine engineer, you have to take up a Bachelors Degree associated to your specific career. It’s usually a 4-year course covering theoretical, practical and real time ship building, design, repair, surveying, fleet operations, maintenance and technical standards.

Naval Architect and Marine Engineer School Courses

This field mainly covers candidates who have earned Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering – Naval Architecture, Ocean, Civil, Structural, Mechanical or any related engineering degree that is associated with ship design, structure and operation. Some design firms accepts internships and offer tempting terms to interested students and practitioners.

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Big companies hiring naval architects and marine engineers

This career gives amazing benefits and employment perks aside from the big salary each month. If you want to make it big, why not make it bigger by applying to the huge and famous companies hiring naval architects and marine engineers worldwide. They are listed below.

US Navy

Van Oossanen Naval Architects

Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding

Larsen & Toubro Ltd

London Offshore Consultants Ltd.

James Fisher & Sons


Karachi Shipyard

Keppel Offshore & Marine

MacDudd Ship Design

Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Sdn. Bhd.

Viking Life-Saving Equipment

Murray, Cormack Associates

Nippon Kaiji Kyokai – ClassNK

PT PAL Indonesia

BP Shipping Ltd

Germanischer Lloyd

G L Watson & Co. Ltd.

Cyprus Bureau of Shipping


BAE Systems Submarines


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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      Yeah naval architecture and marine engineering career would let anyone enjoy the high seas plus the great benefits and salary. However, you will always miss your family and loved ones. Thanks for dropping by. God bless..

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Not a bad way to really see the world and enjoy the high seas. The salary is pretty good and offers a stable job career. Great write up on this one!

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      Oh I'm glad you are where you are now and you are so happy. Regards to Justin :) Yes I will let you know once I found some pretty shells. TC my friend.

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      justom 5 years ago from 41042

      When I joined the Navy it was while Vietnam was going on and I was about to get drafted, which meant I was probably going to war. It was against all I stood (and still stand) for so joining the Navy was the only choice I had besides defecting to Canada. I had a Gov't job out of high school so the service got in the way my life. Biz is doing better, I have a shop on Etsy and it's starting to get some play too. Glad all's well with you and that's cool about the shells, if you run into them just let me know. See ya :-P Tom

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      Hi Cathy! This career is one of the top 10 most high paying jobs in the world. I wonder why nobody hubs about it LOL Wonder about the percentage of female naval architects and marine engineers.. Happy to see you here babe. Thanks! Mwaah!

      Hi Tom! Why did you leave the navy my friend? All is well with me. Thank you. I hope your business is doing great :) BTW, I haven't found some shells yet. I wonder where to find them..

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      justom 5 years ago from 41042

      Hi Fehl, as usual another great and informative hub. Since I spent a couple of years of my life in the Navy I got sick of ships but it's nice to see there are good paying jobs in a field other than stock broker or banker (but they are robber barons more than workers anyway) Hope all's well with my favorite hubber :-P Peace!! Tom

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      Cathy Nerujen 5 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      Wow, Fehl. This is advanced job material and lists of qualifications for what seems like a technical but well-paying job. This is a useful Hub for anyone wanting to know about this subject.