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Naval architect: Career development

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After you have gained experience in the workplace and achieved chartered status through the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), you can begin to think about the direction you would like your career to take.

Senior naval architects tend to develop specific technical skills or strong project-management experience, which can be used to further increase management responsibility, allowing you to eventually move into senior executive positions.

You may decide to develop a career in consultancy, working with clients to provide guidance on designs and constructions, or suggesting engineering solutions and project-management support.

With experience it is possible to work for classification societies in regulation and surveying. This involves making sure that any plans of vessels to be built, and the actual construction of the ships themselves, meet rules and regulations as set out by organisations such as the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) .

Career development opportunities may also lie within other areas of the maritime field such as equipment procurement, sales or marketing. Many of the skills gained in this industry are transferable and valued elsewhere so there are many options available.

With further qualifications you could consider becoming a college or university lecturer, teaching aspects of naval architecture or you could move into research and development.

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Written by AGCAS editors
April 2015

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