A Career in Naval Engineering?


Welcome to the exciting and rapid growth world of Naval Engineering (or Naval Architecture or Maritime Engineering).

We may be biased here at Rubicon Associates, but we believe this must be one of the best future industries to work in!

We know there will be a shortage of marine engineering talent to service future demand. Australia faces a challenge in building and maintaining its’ naval shipbuilding workforce capability to meet an ambitious program under the National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise and 2020 Force Structure Plan.

The Naval Defence industry is growing, and we are looking to expand our capability to meet our ongoing project commitments and pipeline, supporting Australia’s sovereign capability.

Here is your chance to contribute to  our national naval shipbuilding program, and the outfitting and repair of Australia’s fleet of patrol boats through to warships – aircraft carriers, destroyers, frigates, and submarines – as well as hydrographic survey vessels and supply ships.

Naval engineering is a sought-after and well-paid profession, that involves a broad range of disciplines, including:


Many of our naval projects require the multi-disciplinary coordination of marine/mechanical, electrical, structural and systems engineering capability to deliver end-to end platform design in accordance with naval standards.

You may be involved in researching, designing, advising and constructing marine structures or undertaking an assessment and inspection of structural integrity, a safety and risk analysis, supervising build management, or carrying out a life extension assessment and/or redesign. You might be contributing to the systems design and integration of naval ship systems – electrical, mechanical, combat, weapons, and safety systems. Or providing strategic procurement and contracts advice supporting Naval programs.

The sheer scope of Naval programs offers a diverse range of projects to be involved with!

It helps to have a love of the sea and all things marine, and a curiosity for the mechanics of vessel structures, a technical brain with mathematical and science abilities, along with good communication skills.


Why Rubicon?

At Rubicon Associates, we are passionate about promoting excellence in marine engineering and want to influence (and be part of) the success of Australia’s future naval and maritime capability.

As experts in naval architecture and marine engineering. Rubicon Associates provide engineering services across the ship design, build, operation and maintenance cycle.

We help improve defence capability through providing fit for purpose engineering services that ensure safety in operation. Delivering for the client as part of a broader engineering eco-system, where collaboration and flexibility are needed.

As a specialist small to medium sized consultancy, maritime is all we do!

You will have the opportunity to join a consultancy that offers greater flexibility, independence and individual responsibility, while providing all the benefits of drawing on an experienced and multi-disciplinary team.

A consultancy where you can:

      • make a difference as an individual.
      • tap into a wealth of international experience, and
      • work across multi-disciplinary functions.


Be part of an expanding consulting business, with a National footprint and offices in Melbourne, and Cairns, and with representatives in Perth, Canberra and Adelaide.


Structured Career Paths with Rubicon Associates.

Graduate Program

We are excited by the potential that our Graduates represent and the pathway that may be available to them, should they wish to take it!

As a small to medium consultancy, our Grads are given a broad portfolio of diverse projects to contribute to from the outset and provided with structured mentoring support from senior members of our team.

We are looking for Grads who are passionate about marine engineering and want to be part of the success of Australia’s future naval and maritime capability.

There are many career pathways available to our Graduate Engineers.

After gaining a solid foundation as a Graduate at Rubicon Associates, you can focus on developing you career in Project Management, Client management or People Management.  Being an agile consulting company, you’ll also have the option to move within the different pathways.


Experienced Professional – Defence/Naval Industry

You may be an experienced professional working for a larger multi-national, who is looking to make a difference and for the benefits of greater flexibility offered by a small to medium-sized consultancy.


Experienced Professionals – Other Industries

You may be working in another industry – Automotive, Power generation, Aviation, Oil and Gas, Iron and Steel, Construction, Manufacturing – and looking for the opportunity to expand your skills base or apply your design thinking in a challenging marine environment. Professionals that have experience in other industries can often bring a fresh perspective to projects.


Start the Discussion Now.

If you have an interest in naval engineering, start planning your career steps now.

We welcome qualified (or soon to be) engineers to have a chat with us about your career in the naval and maritime industry.

The sky really is the limit!

We invite initial discussion with our Human Resources Manager, Pille Lucas now on 0414 397 548 or email [email protected].


Apply Now.

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For engineering graduates looking to specialise in naval engineering.

University of Launceston – Australian Maritime College (AMC) Post Graduate courses

Master of Maritime Engineering

Graduate Diploma of Marine Engineering

Master of Professional Engineering (Specialisation)


University of Tasmania – Postgraduate courses

Master  of Maritime Engineering (Naval Engineering) 


UNSW – Canberra – Postgraduate courses

Master of Engineering Science

Master of Systems Engineering


University of Adelaide – Postgraduate courses

Master of Marine Engineering



For undergraduates looking to specialise in naval engineering.


University of Tasmania – Undergraduate courses

Bachelor of Engineering (Specialisation) Honours

Bachelor of Maritime Engineering (Specialisation) (Honours)



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