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Marine Architects - 17-2121.02

O*NET-SOC Description

Design and oversee construction and repair of marine craft and floating structures such as ships, barges, tugs, dredges, submarines, torpedoes, floats, and buoys. May confer with marine engineers.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Boat Builder
  • Designer
  • Engineering Specialist
  • Initial Design and Naval Architecture Supervisor
  • Marine Architect
  • Marine Structural Designer
  • Naval Architect
  • Naval Architect Specialist
  • Piping Designer
  • Structural Engineer

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Conduct stability analyses of ships.
  • Confer with marine engineering personnel to establish arrangement of boiler room equipment and propulsion machinery, heating and ventilating systems, refrigeration equipment, piping, and other functional equipment.
  • Design complete hull and superstructure according to specifications and test data, in conformity with standards of safety, efficiency, and economy.
  • Design layout of craft interior, including cargo space, passenger compartments, ladder wells, and elevators.
  • Evaluate performance of craft during dock and sea trials to determine design changes and conformance with national and international standards.
  • Oversee construction and testing of prototype in model basin and develop sectional and waterline curves of hull to establish center of gravity, ideal hull form, and buoyancy and stability data.
  • Study design proposals and specifications to establish basic characteristics of craft, such as size, weight, speed, propulsion, displacement, and draft.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans.
  • Create graphical representations of structures or landscapes.
  • Design structures or facilities.
  • Direct construction activities.
  • Evaluate characteristics of equipment or systems.
  • Review technical documents to plan work.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Marine Engineering Officer (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Naval Engineering Officer, Ship Design (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Architect, Marine