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The nautical engineer combines the technical skills of a naval engineer with the aesthetic requirements essential to ensure a vessel's design is a full commercial success.

In Italy, with its 7500 km of coastline, there are nearly 1,000 boatyards, 550 marinas with a total of 160,000 berths. Italy, since 2008, has been a world leader in the production of motor yachts over 30 meters in length, and has always been in the top 3 places in the world for production of smaller boats. 

The University Pole 'G. Marconi'is the only one in Italy to offer nautically oriented degree courses and activities for constant professional updating such as conferences, workshops and various events related to the sector; and it is a campus surrounded by greenery equipped with spaces and services that encourage study and socialization. Every student can be involved in boat building and refitting, participate in regattas and convivial moments related to the sea. 

What will you study

The degree program optimally combines the skills of the various departments involved, enabling the student to acquire the basic knowledge of an industrial engineer combined with the peculiar knowledge of the naval engineer.  This is also complemented by teachings that provide the fundamentals of architectural composition in order to train a professional figure complete with all aspects that contribute to the successful creation of recreational boats.

The teaching is developed with faculty lecturesand design workshops.

In the third and final year, students undertake a stage lasting about 150 hours at shipyards or design studios. 

The thesis test consists of the design of a boat within 24 meters under the supervision of the Course of Study faculty.

After graduation

Junior engineer in charge of design, production and repair of recreational craft.


Who is it?

  • Junior engineer engaged in design, production, repair of pleasure craft.
  • Junior engineer in charge of risk analysis and safety management in prevention and emergency phases.

In summary, the main functions of the professional figure of the Graduate in Nautical Engineering are:

  • the ability to understand, analyze, and verify designs of recreational vessels;
  • the ability to test and operate naval devices and direct the installation and maintenance of equipment on recreational units.

What does he/she do?

Junior engineer in charge of:

  • design, production, repair of recreational units;
  • risk analysis and safety management.

Given the ever-increasing demand for qualification from the industrial world, it can be expected that further study will affect the majority of graduates, some of whom will further their academic training through a PhD in Italy or abroad.

Where do you work?

At shipbuilding and repair yards for recreational vessels and boats; operators in the yachting industry; classification institutes and supervisory bodies; professional design and appraisal firms; and research institutes working in the yachting and Mega Yacht industry.

In particular, the professional placement of the Nautical Engineer can take place in the following areas:

  • area of naval engineering: ship, boat and marine vessel building yards, marine resource exploitation industries; shipping companies; classification institutes and supervisory bodies; technical corps of the Navy; professional design and expert firms; research institutes;
  • Area of safety engineering and industrial protection: environments, laboratories and industrial plants, workplaces, local authorities, public and private entities in which to develop prevention and safety management activities and in which to hold the responsibility profiles required by current legislation to verify safety conditions (laws 494/96, 626/94,195/03, 818/84, UNI 10459).