Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture & Offshore Engineering)

Degree awarded: Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering)

The Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering) degree program is designed to meet the engineering needs of the maritime and offshore industries by providing specialized knowledge required by these industries. The program integrates the relevant fields of naval architecture and other mechanical engineering disciplines with a special emphasis on offshore engineering.

The program provides the students professional knowledge and skills for employment in the marine/offshore engineering industries including those involved in the design, development and operational principle of marine machineries. Other industries include shipbuilding, marine classification societies and statutory authorities, offshore oil and gas production, and naval architecture.


Field Of Study- Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering


The program contains some of the fundamental knowledge related to Mechanical Engineering fields such as Statics, Dynamics, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Material Engineering and Instrumentation. The areas of specialization of Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering include:

a) Naval Architecture

Naval Architecture is a study that combines the aspects of science and architecture. It covers the studies on the characteristics and shapes of ship bodies, hydrostatic characteristics, stability and safety based on standards by marine safety agencies and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
b) Marine and Offshore Hydrodynamics
Hydrodynamic is a scientific study of the motion of fluids, especially incompressible liquids, under the influence of internal and external forces. Hydrodynamics is a branch of fluid mechanics and has many applications especially in naval architecture and offshore engineering field. The marine and offshore hydrodynamics are specialized area which includes ship resistance and propulsion, ship seakeeping and maneuvering as well as propeller designs. Offshore floating systems such as semi-submersibles and tension leg platform also undergo extensive hydrodynamic analysis to maintain safe and efficient operations. Theoretical understanding in this area is further enhanced by laboratory works in the state-of-the-art marine hydrodynamics facilities at the UTM-Marine Technology Centre. Further information can be obtained at

c) Ship and Offshore Production Technology

The study focuses on the equipment and systems used to build and repair ship and offshore structure. Additionally, studies on port layout and the use of computers in ship building industry are also included. A brief consideration is given to modern management and planning techniques.

d) Ship and Offshore Design

All of the basic knowledge in naval architecture, hydrodynamics, structure, etc. is integrated in the field of ship and offshore design. It includes an introduction to important elements of ship and offshore design, drawing and related calculations in producing a suitable design that fulfills the design specifications. Students will also be exposed to several sophisticated computer software. Some designs were produced into prototypes and undergo sea trials.

e) Marine and Offshore Engineering System

This course deals with power plant systems. It includes Steam Turbine Plant, Marine Diesel Engine and Gas Turbine Plant and also Electrical Plant and other auxiliary systems such as fuel supply, cooling water systems and heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems. The course enables the students to be involved after graduation, in the designing and analyzing of the power plant and other systems found in a ship and offshore platforms.

f) Marine Transportation

Ships are major means of transport system required to carry cargoes or passengers around the world. This course focuses on the right ship’s choices and operation with regard to safe passage and economic requirement of ship operation. The elements of international shipping practices in terms of policy, charter party, flags of convenient, conferences, etc are highlighted. The interaction between ship and activities at ports for interface operation are discussed. Additionally, a basic knowledge on shipping economics and investment appraisal are also covered.

g) Project Management, Occupational Safety and Health

This study gives a basic introduction to project management which covers economic analysis, offshore transport, and marine management planning and project management related to the marine sector. Financial analysis and operations research are also included in the study. Safety and Health in shipyard and offshore platform are being introduced in this study as well.


Carreer Prospects


Graduates of this programme are essentially Naval Architects, but with applied knowledge on offshore engineering. They could be registered with the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) under the category of Naval Architect and join the Institute of Engineers Malaysia (IEM).

The Maritime Industry encompasses all forms of maritime activity and can be divided into several segments namely, Shipbuilding & Ship Repair, Offshore Structure and Vessels Fabrication, Ocean & Coastal Shipping Port Services, Marine Professional Services, Maritime Defence and Law Enforcement, Government Authorities & Marine/Maritime Associations, Marine and Inland Fishing, Marine Tourism, Marine Mining, Marine Environment and Marine Products & Services.

Over the past few years, marine and offshore industry has experienced rapid growth. The industry is expected to continue growing in the future. With particular, exploration activities have increased thus increasing the need for infrastructure such as FPSO (Floating Production Storage and offloading), semi-submarine platforms and so forth.

There are excellent employment opportunities in all of these segments of the maritime industry.

Naval Architects have a wide range of employment opportunities, not limited to areas such as Ship and Offshore Vessel Design, Construction and Repair, Consultancy, Marketing and Sales, Operations, Regulation, Surveying and Overseeing, Research and Development and also in the Education and Training sector.

Naval Architects and Offshore Engineers play a vital role in the delivery of the many complex and challenging projects being developed. This is possible since they have the ability to model and solve a problem, describe and deliver an economical solution and then supervise and manage the work through to completion. The end product needs to be feasible, economical, safe, delivered on time, as well as respectful to the environment. All of these require a special combination of aptitude, vision and commitment.

Each type of work has its own distinctive character and offers opportunities for initiative and imagination in a wide variety of technical and managerial posts as well as opportunities for foreign travel. The work place may be a large company, a small group, a consultancy or a government department.


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