What degree would you think as beneficial/necessary to enter the shipbuilding industry? I am specifically (as per this forum) asking about the engineers who design the hull and/or internal structures of modern cargo ships (containerized and bulk carriers), not really construction crews or seamen. A civil engineer would be heavily involved with similar structures on land, but what about those meant for deployment at sea on a ship? Also, what degree would be related to the hydrostatics and hydrodynamics of hull building/design? I figure that mechanical engineering would be related to the powerplant of the ship, but isn't that usually done by an external engine supplier? Moving up "the ladder" over time on the business side of things is also a consideration. Or, do I have it all wrong? P.S: Being required to move to an industrial hub like S. Korea is not an isssue to take into account.