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Y24 Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture)

Naval architects are professional engineers who design and oversee the construction and repair of marine craft and various offshore structures. This includes naval craft, passenger and cargo ships, submarines, high-speed ferries and catamarans, tugs, yachts and offshore drilling platforms.  Naval Architects understand the properties of the environments in which marine craft operate and determine ways to optimise their operations to meet operational, safety and performance goals.

Australia leads the world in the design and construction of high-speed aluminium craft and Naval Architects are in great demand in this sector. Naval Architects are also in demand in companies that design and build leisure craft, and sailing and power yachts. Many of the vessels of the Royal Australian Navy deployed in the defence of the nation have been built in Australian yards with considerable Australian design input; these include patrol boats, mine hunters, frigates and submarines. Naval Architects also have career opportunities in other sectors of the marine industry including oil and gas, marine surveying, and consulting.


This course is offered in collaboration with the Australian Maritime College at the University of Tasmania in Launceston, Tasmania.  The first two years of the course are delivered at ECU's Joondalup Campus.  The final two years are delivered at the Australian Maritime College in Launceston and students will need to relocate to Launceston for this portion of the course.



Students whose performance over the four years of the course is of a high standard may be awarded the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours degree.



During the course, students will be required to undertake a minimum of 12 weeks relevant industry work experience. This will normally be undertaken during a vacation period.



This course has been provisionally accredited by Engineers Australia. Full accreditation is normally granted when the first cohort of students graduate from the program. This is expected in 2015.


Standard University admission requirements apply.


Satisfactory performance in WACE Mathematics 3C/3D or Mathematics Specialist 3C/3D or equivalent.

WACE Physics 3A/3B, or equivalent is desirable.
Students who have completed a TAFE Diploma or its equivalent in an allied engineering field may be admitted to this course with advanced standing.


Note: Students who have not passed WACE Physics 3A/3B or equivalent will be required to complete a bridging unit during the first year of their studies.

Students who have not completed Mathematics: Specialist 3C/3D are strongly encouraged to attend the 5-day Mathematics Bridging Programme offered in the week before the start of each semester.

This course is available on Joondalup Campus.

Years 1 and 2 of the course are delivered at Joondalup, while Years 3 and 4 are delivered at the Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania, in Launceston, Tasmania.
This course is available by Full-time, or Part-time mode.
This course is available in the following mode of delivery - On-campus.

This course is offered in collaboration with the Australian Maritime College at the University of Tasmania in Launceston, Tasmania. The final two years are delivered at the Australian Maritime College in Launceston and students will need to relocate to Launceston to complete the course. 


In general, all units in the first two years of the course must be completed successfully before transfer to AMC can be approved.

ENS1154 Introduction to Engineering 15
ENS1162 Electrical Engineering 1A 15
ENM1102 Engineering Drawing and Computer Aided Design 15
MAT1236 Calculus 1 15
ENS1101 Engineering Mechanics * 15
ENS1115 Materials and Manufacturing 1 15
ENS1253 Electrical Engineering 1B 15
MAT1163 Linear Algebra 15
* Students who have not passed WACE Physics 3A/3B (or equivalent) must complete the bridging unit SCP1132 Introduction to Physics before they can enrol in ENS1101 Engineering Mechanics.
MAT2437 Differential Equations 15
ENS2102 Hydrostatics 15
ENM3218 Fluid Mechanics 15
CSP1150 Programming Principles 15
ENS2113 Engineering Dynamics 15
ENS2160 Thermodynamics 15
ENS2103 Ship Design and Production 15
ENS3190 Mechanics of Solids 15
Years 3 and 4 of this course are provided by the University of Tasmania (Australian Maritime College) in Launceston, Tasmania. For details of the following units please consult the AMC handbook which can be found online at:
The following core units will be taken at the AMC.
JEE329: Seakeeping and Manoeuvring
JEE332: Structural Analysis
JEE333: Ship Resistance and Propulsion
JEEE337: Hydrodynamics
JEEE350: Finite Element Analysis and Vibration
JEE416: Advanced Ship Structures
JEE418: Research Project 1
JEE419: Research Project 2
JEE421: Ocean Vehicle Design Project 1
JEE422: Ocean Vehicle Design Project 2
JEE480: Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics
To complete the BEng(Naval Architecture) students are required to choose a specialisation in Ship and Underwater Vehicles or in Yacht and Small Craft. Each specialisation requires 5 units to be chosen from the following list in consultation with the Course Coordinator. The elective units available may depend on the specialisation chosen.
JEE335: Applied Ship Design (Ship)
JEE353: Applied Ship Design (Yacht and Small Craft)
JEE354: Ship&Underwater Vehicle Technology
JEE417: Yacht Design and Technology
Elective 1
Elective 2
Elective 3
To complete the BEng(Naval Architecture) students must also complete a period of 12 weeks of approved work experience as a practicum before graduating.
Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)
For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes, Graduate Attributes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website:

Last Updated - Higher Education: 15/03/2013 VET: 20/05/2013