What are the courses available for a career in ship building?


If shipbuilding interests you and if the idea of working with submarines, remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs), naval frigates and aircraft carriers fascinates you, then you should be looking at the following BE/B.Tech courses in naval architecture/ship building.

Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Do Ship Technology, Kochi

Eligibility: +2 (PCM) first division, selection through entrance test/interview

IIT-Madras, Chennai (TN)

Courses: B.Tech (naval architecture and ocean engineering, dual degree programme: B.Tech and M.Tech in naval architecture and ocean engineering); naval architecture engineering with M.Tech in applied mechanics.

Selection: JEE specializations

IIT-Kharagpur, Kharagpur

Course: B.Tech (ocean engineering and naval architecture), dual degree in ocean engineering and naval architecture.

Selection to the programmes at the IITs is through the JEE.

International Maritime Academy (IMA), Chennai (www.ima-maritime.com)

Course: B.Tech naval architecture and ocean engineering

Eligibility: +2 (PCM), 50%

College of Engineering (Andhra University), Waltair, Visakhapatnam (AP)

Institute of Shipbuilding Technology, Goa (www.isbt.ac.in)

You can also opt for the Indian Navy-Cadet Entry Scheme through which selected candidates are inducted as cadets for four-year B.Tech course in electronics and communication and mechanical engineering at the prestigious Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala.

During the course, cadets are allotted engineering or electrical branch, upon completion of which they will receive a B.Tech degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

After the first term, if you are lucky, you will be nominated for a four-year B.Tech in naval architecture and ship building from Cochin University of Science and Technology, if you clear the CUSAT’s Common Admission Test.

Thereafter, you will be deputed for a six-month course in warship design at Visakhapatnam, followed by an 18-month postgraduate diploma in naval architecture at IIT-Delhi.

What’s more, your entire cost of training, including books and reading material is borne by the Indian Navy. Cadets are also provided with free clothing and messing.