A naval architect usually starts in a graduate position, gaining experience in the workplace to achieve chartered status and become fully qualified. Once qualified and a corporate member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) (MRINA), he or she may begin to specialise within a technical area or work in project management within the industry.
Senior naval architects tend to develop specific technical skills or strong project management experience, which can be used to further increase their management responsibility or develop a career in consultancy. Eventually they may move into senior executive positions.
After at least five years' experience of holding positions of superior responsibility a naval architect can attain fellowship of RINA (FRINA). After at least five years' experience of holding positions of superior responsibility a naval architect can attain fellowship of RINA (FRINA).
Career development opportunities may lie within the maritime field or another sector, as many of the skills gained in this industry are transferable and valued elsewhere.
A naval architect's career choices increase in proportion to experience, which can include experience of specialist areas. They are also dependent on the type of qualifications held.
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