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Job Summary

The Naval Architect will help with the interface and coordinate directly with contracted Naval Architect and Engineering firms per project demands to provide information and assure compliance to Burger standards and build processes. This position will potentially be responsible for reviewing the hull design, hull design evaluation, performance predictions, and evaluations. Additional responsibilities include weight monitoring, structure evaluation and oversight, oversight of class issues related to naval architecture, along with providing support to manufacturing prior to and during the construction phase.

Essential Job Functions

  • Responsible for obtaining, generating and review of naval architecture related information for pre-contract proposals.
  • Oversee, assist, or review the development of hull lines and performance analysis when provided by 3rd party (pre-contract and formal project development)
  • Coordinate CFD and Test Tank activities if required by project, witness testing processes when required
  • Convert, oversee, or review 3rd party conversion of structural drawings into detail drawings for hull, superstructure, outfitting, and nested parts with accurate Bill of Materials
  • Coordinate, manage, or review Nested Part information (as required) with Supply Chain and Vendors
  • Create, oversee, or review 3rd party development of projected structural material requirements, along with continual monitoring as more detailed information is developed
  • Create, oversee, or review 3rd party shell expansion drawings and forming information
  • Oversee vessel handling including the development of plans and calculations for lifts, moves, rolling, blocking and launches
  • Conduct, oversee, or review 3rd party Incline Test and Stability analysis for vessels prior to delivery
  • Create, oversee, or review 3rd party activity regarding development of Stability Book
  • In cooperation with Burger Quality Manager coordinate and submit pertinent information to Regulatory bodies as required by the vessel through working knowledge of ABS, MCA, USCG/CFR, and Flag State Rules and Regulations
  • Responsibility to coordinate and obtain required Certificates, (International Tonnage Certificate, Admeasurements, and MARPOL compliance, etc.)
  • Assume responsibility for reviewing and adjusting the weight monitoring program for each vessel. Establish a working database of all weight standards related to vessel performance criteria.
  • Conduct information review meetings with designated Production personnel as information is developed and finalized
  • Monitor and report status of development of 2D output drawings for structure and systems within area of responsibility and master schedule
  • Obtain all information and create BOM’s for areas of responsibility
  • Investigate new equipment design concepts by researching components or systems and evaluating applications
  • Responsible for generation and review of Naval Architecture related Knowledge Base Sections and Yacht Construction Specifications.
  • Plans, directs, schedules, and monitors the development of project specific Design Briefs and deliverables.
  • Coordinates with the Project Manager to ensure the timely development of purchasing specifications for major equipment and long lead time items.

Decision Making

Exercise sound judgment on a regular and continuous basis and assumes responsibility for decisions, consequences and results having an impact on people and quality of service within the functional area.


Possess the ability to communicate positively and effectively with employees, co-workers, suppliers, and vendors. It is especially important to communicate effectively, accurately, and regularly with customer departments within Burger Boat Company, including Finance, Purchasing, and Production.


Preferred: Degree in Naval Architecture


  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in related field is a plus
  • Hull design and evaluation
  • Structural Detailing knowledge
  • First Principal Structural Calculation knowledge
  • Aluminum and Steel Structural Experience
  • Lofting and NC Nesting Experience
  • Experience with weight monitoring processes is a plus
  • Experience in design requirements of Motor Yachts in the 50 to 200 foot range is a plus
  • Shipyard new construction, repair and refit experience is a plus
  • Marine Mechanical Systems is a plus
  • ABS, MCA, and/or Lloyd’s working knowledge is a plus
  • Primary software design tool knowledge: (AutoCAD, ShipConstructor, Navisworks, Rhino, etc.)
  • Planning and scheduling detail work to a Master Schedule is a plus

Physical Requirements:

Generally an office environment, working at a computer while seated at a desk. Significant time spent on the production floor, observing yacht construction or repair projects, answering build questions, and advising on best practices.

General Statement:

This description is a general summary of the required skills and major duties and responsibilities of the position. It does not exclude other duties as assigned.

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