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Naval Architect

Private Company - Laverton North, VIC

Construction, Architecture & Interior Design
Source: uWorkin


World class boat builder Haines Hunter is based in the western region of Melbourne. Haines Hunter is seeking a Naval Architect to join our exceptional team.


The Naval architect is responsible for the ship design and production, including the form, structure, and stability of hulls. The responsibilities include:

  • Designs and oversees the construction and repair of marine craft and floating structures;
  • Directs a variety of teams of various specialties on the building and testing of prototypes;
  • Designs the interior and exterior layouts, hulls, ventilation systems, cargo space, etc;
  • Reviews design proposals and specifications to establish the characteristics of a vessel;
  • Evaluates how the ships perform during trials, and makes any necessary changes to make;
  • Responsible for 3D technical drawings and all the production processes on the field in the boat construction industry;
  • Assessing project requirements and researching feasibility;
  • Producing detailed designs of ships, boats and other maritime vessels using drawings and specialist computer software;
  • Developing and utilising test procedures including computer modelling and scale models;
  • Identifying the need for, and supervising, vessel repairs;
  • Writing reports and documentation;
  • Undertaking relevant research.


  • Study design proposals and specifications to establish basic characteristics of a ship, such as its size, weight, and speed;
  • Develop sectional and waterline curves of the ship’s hull to establish the centre of gravity, the ideal hull form, and data on buoyancy and stability;
  • planning and supervising the construction of vessels;
  • Design entire ship hulls and superstructures, following safety and regulatory standards;
  • Design the complete layout of ships’ interiors, including spaces for machinery and auxiliary equipment, passenger compartments, cargo space, ladder wells, and elevators;
  • Evaluate how ships perform during trials, both in the dock and at sea, and change designs as needed to make sure that national and international standards are met;
  • interpreting and analysing data and test results;
  • ensuring adherence to appropriate health and safety legislation/standards;
  • Constructing the mould and the boat on field as a prototype;
  • Optimising and providing recommendations on moulds and boat design;
  • Involved in construction of the boats in the field by chopping, laminating and rolling fiberglass; grinding and painting the materials;
  • Fitting Boat Accessories, Fiberglass boat repairs, timber works, Custom works, gel coating and fibre glassing;
  • Use of hand and power tools in the field to produce fishing boat parts including deck, hull and stringers;

Essential Skills

  • Ability to analyse and interpret technical information and drawings
  • Strong interpersonal skills 
  • Meticulous attention to detail 
  • Excellent spatial awareness 
  • Solid understanding of hydraulics, materials testing, electrical theory
  • Operating on your own when required 
  • Excellent communication skills with the team members
  • Willing to work and comply with company policy


A bachelor's degree in Naval Architecture or a related field such as Engineering or Marine Science is essential.

Apply online now, or please send through your CV and cover letter to accounts@haineshunter.com.au 

Laverton North, VIC

Construction, Architecture & Interior Design


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