Careers Naval Architecture

As a premier maritime solutions provider, Gibbs & Cox offers exciting career opportunities for naval architects of all levels of experience, from new graduates to seasoned professionals.  Naval architecture is the engineering discipline responsible for the overall design of a ship, submarine, or offshore platform.  Naval architecture encompasses the specific engineering disciplines of:

  • Hydrodynamics
  • Stability analysis
  • Seakeeping and maneuvering analysis
  • Mass properties analysis


Hydrodynamics is concerned with the design of the hullform and propeller to ensure the vessel’s speed requirements are meet.  The stability analysis is performed to verify that the platform will remain in stable under all loading conditions and various damage scenarios.  The seakeeping and maneuvering analysis determines the motions and handling of the vessel in various sea conditions.  The mass properties analysis determines the vessel’s weight and centers of gravity.   image007

The naval architect is also responsible for:

  • Development of the platform’s general arrangements
  • Design and integration of the deck systems, mission systems, and general outfitting

For naval ships, the naval architect will also be involved in the design, analysis, and integration of the ship’s signature reduction and survivability concepts, including:

  • Topside geometry and configuration
  • Material selection
  • Noise, shock and vibration analyses
  • Visual and wake signatures