The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) sponsored the development of this primer document. It is intended for students who are considering participation in the annual AUVSI/ONR Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) competition. The document provides an overview of engineering and organizational considerations for designing, building, and operating a vehicle for this event. Development of an underwater system requires knowledge of multiple engineering disciplines, as well as good
organizational and execution skills. This primer provides a brief overview of these topics to acquaint readers with the subjects, knowledge, and skills important to competitive teams. The document also includes practical tips and advice based on experience developing and operating AUVs. The primer authors include past AUV competition participants who have shared their experience.