There’s a new wave cresting in shipbuilding. Propelled by global manufacturing and the National Shipbuilding Strategy, marine engineering is a rapidly-growthing, high-demand profession.

The Naval Architecture and Marine engineering (NAME) program in UBC Applied Science is meeting this demand for highly-qualified engineers. It works with industry partners like Seaspan Shipyards to meet the needs of the marine industry’s— a vital part of the Canadian economy. “It’s very much a partnership,” says Professor Chris McKesson, Program Co-director. “We develop highly-qualified personnel and innovative research for the industry, and they support our program.”

Shipbuilding as a job market is outpacing growth in other areas of engineering, notes McKesson. “There’s a tremendous number of products moving around the planet at a scale we’ve never seen before— 90 percent of it is moving by sea.” Ship design itself is undergoing significant change, adds Professor Jon Mikkelsen, Program Co-director. “There’s a lot of pent-up demand for new ships, and that feeds the entire value chain.” Professor Jasmin Jelovica, Seaspan Shipyards Chair in NAME, notes. “The changes in shipping are the result of profound R&D activities, in which our program takes a very active role.”

When it comes to the future of shipbuilding in Canada, UBC’s Master of Engineering Leadership in NAME is preparing professionals with the technical skills and business leadership to manage this change. For aspiring engineers with a love for the open seas, NAME lets you ride the marine engineering wave.