Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Degree Benefits

If you’re thinking about concentrating your career in the marine and naval sector, think about the difference a year at UBC can make. Build knowledge — Cross disciplines and boundaries — Gain confidence.

Develop solutions for a growing industry

There are more than 100,000 vessels in the world’s fleet — designed, built, maintained and managed by naval architects and marine engineers. It’s a growing sector, and it’s growing here in BC.

In 2011, as part of the federal government’s National Shipbuilding and Procurement Strategy, BC’s Seaspan Marine Corporation was awarded over $7 billion in contracts to build non-combat vessels. This contract is expected to generate many opportunities within the sector, including the addition of 4,000 new jobs.

Deepen your technical and leadership skills

Building competencies in the architecture, design and selection of ship machinery systems is one component of the technical curriculum. Combined with strong leadership and business skills, this program will help you to develop innovative solutions, manage teams and direct projects — a skill set that is highly relevant in today’s business environment.

Pursue opportunities and advance your career

Our graduates will be in high demand locally, nationally and internationally by employers seeking technical experts who can also manage and lead teams. Job opportunities include working as a ship surveyor, in a shipyard engineering position, as a design engineer and as a class society representative. Read some of our alumni stories of how our graduates have gone on to excel their careers with their UBC MEL in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering degree. Graduates of the program started in positions, such as:

  • Mechanical/Electrical Engineer

Get a degree from a top ranked university

UBC and its programs have cultivated a world renowned reputation and top ranking among universities and UBC is the only centre for naval architecture and marine engineering study on the Pacific Coast of North America. Gaining your MEL in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering degree will give you access to a network of successful individuals and associations with a well-respected institution. You will:

  • be immersed in a dynamic research environment at UBC, one of the world’s top public research universities
  • learn from world-renowned Faculty of Applied Science — including Program Directors Dr. Chris McKesson and Jon Mikkelsen — and the UBC Sauder School of Business
  • collaborate with industry partners — including Lloyds Register, Robert Allan Limited, Seaspan Vancouver Shipyards, Vard Marine
  • benefit from Vancouver’s strategic coastal location and strong regional marine industry
  • take courses with a cohort of like-minded peers — a group of engaged and ambitious professionals working in industries that include advanced materials manufacturing, clean energy engineering, software, integrated water management and urban systems
  • develop professional networks with top researchers, industry partners and motivated graduate students
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