Naval architect is a professional engineer who is responsible for the design, construction, building and repair of marine structures, which includes ships, submarines, offshore structures etc. Naval Architecture is a highly job oriented area but the number of institutions catering to this course of study is limited. As shipping is becoming more and more commercially important, more efficiently designed ships are the need of the hour. It is here that the chances for a new comer in the area of Naval Architecture/Ship Building look bright.
The department offers B.Tech in Naval Architecture and Ship building engineering with focus on design, construction and maintenance of ships and other marine structures. The curriculum includes hydrostatic characteristics, stability, occupational safety and health, hydrodynamics, design and analyze of marine engineering systems, project management, quality control, IMO rules and regulations, subsea installation, subsea integrity, offshore codes and standards, Computer Aided Drafting, Mooring and Riser analysis, Pipe line Engineering, Marine HVAC, other related specializations.
On completion of B.Tech (NA & SB) Course, the graduates can further study the M.Tech (NA & SB, Ocean Engineering, Harbour Engineering, etc), Ph.D & Research programmes in India and abroad.
Naval architects have a broad range of employment opportunities worldwide. The students after completing the course can aspire for employment in Shipyards, Shipping, Ship Surveying, Navy, Coastguard and Dockyards. They can work as a consultant - providing clients with engineering solutions, technical and commercial guidance, support and project management for concept design studies, new vessel constructions, refits and conversions. They can undertake maritime research in universities and industry. They can work as analyst in ships and marine structures. Naval architects who specialize in construction take responsibility for the management of a whole shipyard or in the sections such as planning, production or the complex operation of outfitting.
Prof. Satheesh Babu P.K. Head of the Department with over twenty-three years of professional experience, including seven years as teaching faculty with premier academic institutions in India, Prof.(Cdr.) P. K. Satheesh Babu (Retd.) had served the Indian Navy as a Naval Architect Officer where he was actively involved in the Design, Maintenance and Repair of ships. During his Naval service, he has sailed extensively on the high seas and is also the secretary of the Cochin chapter of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), London; as well as an active member of the Institution of Naval Architects (INA), India.