Naval Architecture is concerned with the design and construction of ships, submarines and yachts. Graduates of naval architecture degrees can be found in the shipbuilding industry, high-speed ferry industry, marine consultancy firms, with government - commercial shipping, transport policy and administration and in the insurance sector. Graduates of this degree will be accredited by both Engineers Australia and (uniquely) by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (UK) increasing the job opportunities nationally and internationally.
With the release of the defence white paper outlining substantial increases to defence capabilities including substantial naval capability, the shortages of qualified engineers capable of working the burgeoning defence industry can only worsen. The Australian Government has decided to acquire 12 new Future Submarines, to be assembled in South Australia. This will be a major design and construction program spanning three decades, and will be Australia's largest ever single defence project representing $250 billion. Australian industry involvement will need to be factored into the design, development and construction phases, and the sustainment and maintenance life cycle of these boats, which will extend well into the 2050s and possibly beyond.
The Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture) degree is the result of a collaboration between Flinders University and the Australian Maritime College (a specialist institute of the University of Tasmania). Designed to address a substantial opportunity in South Australia and strongly supported by industry, students spend time in both Adelaide and Launceston studying and using state-of-the-art equipment. The Australian Maritime College is generally regarded as the premier institution in Australia for Maritime Engineering.
Flinders has had a good reputation for producing employable graduates since engineering was first taught here early in the 1990s. Graduates from Flinders awards have gone on to win Fulbright scholarships, and a number of Institution of Engineering and Technology prizes over the years.
Research in Maritime Engineering
Flinders research in engineering related to naval architecture is strong with substantial research in the design of underwater vehicles, control systems, signal processing, instrumentation and embedded systems. In particular, a research strength of the School is in Autonomous Underwater Vehicles and we currently have research links with the AMC and CSIRO in this area.
Research in maritime systems is included in strengths such as the Centre for Maritime Engineering, Control and Imaging Group . This group has an enviable research record and students wishing and capable of undertaking postgraduate research are particularly welcomed.