Naval Architecture

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*Minimum £32,500. Salary is dependent on location, role and qualifications.



Closing Date

May 17, 2024

About the programme

As a Graduate Naval Architect at Babcock, you will embark on an accredited two year rotation through some of the most complex engineering projects in the world today. You will be at the centre of defining your path through the programme, identifying those placements that suit your career ambitions, guided by a professional mentor and supported by the early careers team every step of the way.

As part of this programme, we encourage mobility across our sectors to give you a broader experience and wider exposure to our business.

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Naval Architecture at Babcock

The activities in this area are many and varied, and Babcock’s wide range of engineering projects and industrial sites mean you’ll never be far from your next challenge.

You might be helping us; dock a 16,000 tonne nuclear submarine, assess aircraft carrier flight deck structure for F35 Lightning landing loads, analyse mooring arrangements for Type 31 frigates, design systems to withstand wartime explosive events or define the stability requirements for surfacing a nuclear submarine through the polar ice cap. What’s certain is that you’ll work alongside – and learn from – over 300 of the most respected naval architects and structural engineers in the world.

You’ll learn how to analyse and design various aspects of floating vessels and structures, including hull form, arrangement, stability, structures, resistance, propulsion and human factors. In the process, you’ll be making a real contribution to the wider business. Previous graduates have worked on everything from naval ships, in service or decommissioned submarines to small boats, and commercial vessels and platforms. They have helped us develop unmanned surface vessel support solutions and even been involved in next generation submarine pre-concept engineering.

Within Babcock you’ll also have opportunities to further the field of Naval Architecture through research, attendance and presenting at industry recognised conferences. We place a strong emphasis on continuous professional development with support throughout your career to help you progress towards Chartered Engineer status and we have close links with both professional and academic institutions within the field.

Life on the

Naval Architecture Graduate Programme

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What you'll need

  • We accept a wide range of STEM-based degrees such as Naval Architecture, Ship Science, Maritime/Marine Engineering, Marine Technology, Structural Engineering, Material Sciences, Physics, Aerospace, Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics, to name but a few. A degree accredited by RINA/IMarEST is preferred.
  • Many of our early careers roles are subject to Security Clearance and Trade Control restrictions which mean that your place of birth, nationality, citizenship, or residency you hold or have held may impact which roles you are eligible for. Further details are available at United Kingdom Security Vetting: clearance levels – GOV.UK ( For our early careers roles, you must be able to achieve BPSS and many of them require you to be eligible for Security Clearance.

What you'll get

We will provide you with a supportive and engaging environment where you can grow your career.

In addition:

  • Minimum 25 days holiday entitlements + bank holidays + agile working* subject to conversation with your manager
  • Generous pension and employee share schemes
  • Flexible benefits, including cycle to work scheme, discounts
  • Employee assistance programme supporting physical, mental and financial wellbeing
  • You’ll also have the chance to get involved in our STEM outreach and volunteering activities, which our graduates find incredibly rewarding in all sorts of other ways.

Your career development

It’s hard to beat the variety of fantastic opportunities and business experiences you’ll receive. You can expect real world encounters and exposure to exciting projects that will really help you navigate where you want to take your career.

Plus, when you join us, you’ll be automatically enrolled onto our Graduate Development Programme. Through a series of digital and face to face sessions, presented by wellbeing and performance experts and our external partner Gen Healthy Minds, we will equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to thrive and perform at your very best on your programme and beyond.

Where you'll be based

See below to find out more about the areas of our business that are offering places on our Naval Architecture programme for Autumn 2024. But no matter which team you join, you could be based anywhere in the UK. That’s why we ask all our graduates to be flexible and willing to move during their programme.

At the heart of our Marine sector is our 320 acre Rosyth facility, which is home to one of the largest waterside manufacturing and repair facilities in the UK. At Rosyth we specialise in the design and engineering of complex marine platforms, we design at a whole ship or module level and develop innovative solutions to our customers’ projects with our integrated design and manufacturing approach.

Your home base will be our Rosyth facility, however, some of your placements may be at other locations, therefore you will need to be ready and willing to move to other sites throughout your programme.

Our business in Plymouth works in partnership with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Royal Navy at HM Naval Base Devonport. We provide through-life support for submarines, surface ships and associated systems and equipment as part of our continuing commitment to support our nation’s naval capability.

Depending on your programme, your home base could be Devonport Royal Dockyard, Plymouth. However, some of your placements may be at other sites.

Our business in Bristol is a key strategic partner to our customers — the MOD and the Royal Navy. We ensure that the UK Royal Navy goes to sea safely by sustaining the submarines with updates, design and documentation, upgrades and overhauls. We are developing innovative Operations Centres, technology insertion programmes, predictive data analytics and visualisation and training aids using games engine technologies.

Your home base will be in our Bristol office, but some of your placements may be at other sites.

As part of our Nuclear sector, Babcock’s HMNB Clyde operation provides highly specialist engineering support services, including the management of critical infrastructure and nuclear facilities. We also deliver operational maintenance, upgrades and repairs to support Royal Navy vessels, including the Vanguard and Astute-Class nuclear submarines based in Scotland.

Your home base will be Clyde Naval Base, but some of your placements may be at other sites.

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Naval Architecture

Application guidance

Check out our helpful advice on how to prepare for our application process.

Please be aware that if there is a high level of interest in this programme, applications may close earlier than advertised. To give yourself the best chance of being considered for a place on this programme, please submit your application as early as possible.