Is MIT right school for yacht design and mechanics?

Discussion in 'Education' started by sele, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. sele
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    sele High School Student

    I'm a student and I want to design marine vehicles like powerboats ,rigid inflatable boats ,catamarans or sailboats using my creativitiy , design skills and mechanical skills in the same time and I'm really interested in
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology but I don't know if it's the right school for this.I wonder if I graduate from MIT would I just know the mechanical part or mechanical and designing parts in the same time.And if there are other schools of yacht design please give me informations about them.
  2. jehardiman
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    jehardiman Senior Member

    Depends on if you major in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering, or Ocean Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering. From my experience with MIT NA&ME and graduates, the level of education you will leave with is acceptable for the thoeritical design, but perhaps not the physical design and construction of small vessels.

    Determining the shape, weights, and required strength of a vessel is only a small portion of a Naval Architects/Yacht Designers job. The larger portion is the ability to concieve how to effectively build and assemble the vessel. The final piece of the puzzle is the costing and business end, which is where many design/construction offices fail. The necessary triad of engineering knowledge, construction experience, and financial acumen cannot be learned in a single school/place. You need a broad background to be successful in yacht design.
  3. Adler
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    Adler Senior Member


    The Institutes gives you a special tool "the way to act" but the Universities presents you "the way to think and to make tools" through the basic sciences (math - physics - chemistry).

    The matter is where you want to be.....

    1. learning the art that evaluates the conditions , calculates the parameters and draws the plans of subject in ship-building.....

    2. or studding the method to express the concept in terms of science that will birth the subject to be built and will approve it into the concept conditions.

    You see there are two ways:

    1. to learn drawing the plans, to support them with calculations and to produce the building sequence in a given subject


    2. to study the design, to develop the Hull and to improve the concept parameters.

    It's up to you.....
  4. Submarine Tom

    Submarine Tom Previous Member

    Talk with some of the graduates and you'll quickly know your answer.


  5. DGreenwood
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    DGreenwood Senior Member

    Wow...that about sums it up! No truer and succinct advise will be found concerning how to be a successful designer in the yachting world. A buyer might be impressed by an MIT degree but not %100 sold. There is so much more to successful design than just pure science.
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