Naval Architect 1 in San Diego, CA at Austal

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San Diego, CA

Job Description

Any qualified individual with a disability who is having difficulty in completing an application because of incompatible technology or other disability-related application issues may contact us at the following phone number for assistance: 251-445-1932.
Austal shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.  Austal’s commitment to equal employment opportunity applies at all levels of employment, in all job titles, including the executive level, and to all employment actions, including but not limited to decisions concerning recruitment, hiring, training, and promotion. 

PURPOSE:  Designs ships, related components and specialist equipment using complex mathematical and physical models to ensure the ship’s design is technologically sound, specifications are met and that it complies with all regulations.


  • Develops calculations, analyses and technical reports applying naval architecture

         principles, techniques, procedures and criteria in the areas of:

  • Intact and Damage Stability
  • Structural Design
  • Arrangements
  • Seakeeping / Hydrodynamics
  • Weight Estimates / Inclines and Deadweight surveys
  • Resistance / Propulsion
  • Reviews drawings for compliance, accuracy and ease of production
  • Supports designers and drafters, engineering consultants, and/or vendors in the

         development of vessel design information

  • Works with production and project teams to successfully implement vessel and

         vessel component designs

  • Keeps current with new tools of naval architecture and marine engineering

         analysis, Class rules revisions and new regulations

  • Performs other duties and special projects as requested by management
  • May determine technical adequacy of drawings and calculations
  • May provide technical determination on design and production problems and


  • Complies with Austal’s employee handbook general guidelines, company

procedures and policies.


  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Naval Architecture or Ocean Engineering required.
  • Zero (0) -three (3) years of ship design and construction experience preferred.
  • Engineering knowledge and/or experience in the following areas required:
    • ship design and ship systems
    • modern ship construction practices
    • Maritime Regulatory Authority Requirements (i.e. ABS, DNV, GL, NAVSEA, MIL, USCG, IMO, etc.)
    • structural design and analysis standards, practices and techniques
    • finite element analysis and other advanced structural analysis techniques
    • vessel trim and stability, hydrodynamics and resistance and propulsion analysis
    • weight estimating
  • Demonstrate basic engineering knowledge in the following areas: mechanical

         engineering, electrical engineering, metallurgy and material science required.

  • Working knowledge of 2D and 3D CAD and CAM manufacturing techniques


  • Computer literate and familiar with AutoCAD, Microsoft Office products, structural

         analysis software and stability software suites required.

  • Sound engineering judgement and strong decision making skills required.
  • Ability to work self-directed and to develop solutions to complex technical

   Problems required.

  • Ability to produce and present clear, detailed, written technical specifications,

         procedures, and reports required.

  • Ability to multi-task and establish priorities. Understanding of scheduling and an

         ability to adhere to strict deadlines required.

  • Effective communication, interpersonal,  team working and organizational skills


  • Experience in interacting with production personnel, multiple design teams from

         several companies, customer representatives and equipment manufacturers


  • Experience in the construction of high speed aluminum vessels preferred.
  • Familiarity with Computational Fluid Dynamics or tank testing preferred.
  • Knowledge of shock and vibration design preferred.


All candidates must meet Austal USA’s basic employment eligibility guidelines:

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a DoD clearance may be required if deemed

         necessary in the scope of your position responsibilities

  • 18 years or older at time of application
  • Able to provide proof of US Person status  (permanent resident or citizen)
  • No felony convictions of theft/deception or violent crimes within seven years from

disposition date

  •  No felony convictions of drug crimes within three years from disposition date
  •  Willing to submit to a drug screen
  •  Willing to submit to a background check


  • Computer Skills
  • Familiar with the following software:
    • Microsoft Office
    • AutoCAD or equivalent
    • Structural design and analysis software
    • Vessel stability software


  • May determine technical adequacy of drawings and calculations
  • May provide technical determination on design and production problems and



  • N/A

LIAISES WITH:  Engineers, Production Personnel, Customer, Regulatory Bodies, Program Management and Equipment Suppliers


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to humid conditions, bright flashing lights, moving mechanical parts, high precarious places, outside weather conditions, and extreme heat.  The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes and/or airborne particles at or below the PEL, toxic or caustic chemicals, and heat and cold.  The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud, + 90 dB.


Must comply with company, federal, state, and local safety and environmental rules and regulations while performing daily job tasks.