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ASNE is the leading professional engineering society for engineers, scientists and allied professionals who conceive, design, develop, test, construct, outfit, operate and maintain complex naval and maritime ships, submarines and aircraft and their associated systems and subsystems.  ASNE also serves the educators who train the professionals, researchers who develop related technology, and students who are preparing for the profession.  Society activities provide support for the U.S. Navy; U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Marine Corps; U.S. Merchant Marine and U.S. Army.

ASNE is the seventh oldest technical society in the United States.  It was founded in 1888 by a group of naval engineering pioneers, most of them officers of the U.S. Navy's Engineering Corps, who sought a unified approach to their profession in order to make the most of new advances in technology. The purposes of ASNE are:           

  • to advance the knowledge and practice of naval engineering in public and private applications and operations,
  • to enhance the professionalism and well-being of members, and
  • to promote naval engineering as a career field.

For 125 years, the Society’s objectives have been strengthened and preserved to meet the changing needs of a time-honored profession. Today ASNE conducts a variety of technical meetings and symposia, publishes the highly regarded Naval Engineers Journal and a number of other technical proceedings and publications, and fosters professional development and technical information exchange through technical committees, local section activities and cooperative efforts with government organizations and other professional societies.

The Society's annual meeting, ASNE Day, is typically held in February of each year in the Washington, DC, area. The meeting features major addresses by high level industry and government leaders and panel discussions by leading members of the profession.  It also includes presentation and discussion of technical papers on a variety of timely naval engineering topics, presentation of the Society's prestigious annual awards and a large exposition with government and industry exhibits covering the full spectrum of naval engineering technology. ASNE Day is highlighted by the Society’s annual Honors Gala, attended by hundreds of executives and senior managers from both government and industry.

Our website is designed to not only serve our members, but also to support scholars, students and others interested in the varied field of naval engineering.  We welcome your suggestions on ways we can improve your experience. 

Course Description

The Shipbuilding & Ship Repair Industry are amongst the most highly capitalized industries in the world, yet they have relatively low profit margins and employment instability challenges. This course surveys the forces, factors and risk considerations internal to a specific shipbuilding or ship repair company that create this business environment: management methods, program control considerations, cross-functional integration. This course introduces the concept of operational process variation (OPV) ©, and highlights its erosive effect on the shipbuilding and ship repair process. This course applies OPV to the ship acquisition and repair process, closely focusing on the importance of owner/customer activity in shaping successful outcomes.

(This is Part II of a 2-part module; Part I is taught earlier in the Symposium, and investigates the forces external to a shipbuilding or ship repair company that create this uniquely challenged business environment: history, politics, macro-economics, micro-economics, financial structure, systematic risk and regulations.)

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Logistical Information

Instructor: Michael B. Stanton
Location: Virginia Beach Convention Center, held in conjunction with the 2018 Fleet Maintenance and Modernization Symposium
Date: 9/20/2018
Time: 0800-1200
Professional Development Hours (PDHs): 4 Hours
Audience: Introductory (100 Level) – Learner requires little knowledge of this topic area


a) Describe the tools, variables, process control mechanisms and risk considerations available to managers in the operation of a shipbuilding or ship repair firm.
b) Develop the concept of operational process variation (OPV) ©, and its erosive impact shipyard operations, programs and projects.
c) Apply the OPV concept to the ship acquisition and repair process, focusing on the roles of the owner/customer in shaping a successful outcome.

Registration Information

Capacity: 25
Enrollment Fee: Member $150, Non-Member $200
Terms and Conditions

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