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The engineering department aboard a yacht is essential to keeps things running. Working in this department requires a strong mechanical acumen, troubleshooting skills and the ability to maintain an immaculate engine room. Unlike in the commercial sector, engineers are often involved in docking procedures and guest water sport activities.

This department is responsible for the following aspects of the yacht operation:

  • all engineering system operations and maintenance
  • electronics & audio-visual
  • air conditioning
  • sanitation and environmental control
  • engine room safety management (ISM)
  • planned maintenance coordination (PMP)

The developmental track for a superyacht engineer is linear and involves specific certifications based on technical knowledge, in addition to experience at sea working on certain size engines. This career is suited for individuals with strong problem solving skills and that enjoy "tinkering". Junior engineers work closely with other engineers or captains to gain a basic understanding of the systems onboard. Although they may not have a license upon joining the vessel, the AEC license has minimal. Any person interested in working in the engine room in any capacity should consider investing in this basic certification.

As an engineer builds knowledge and time in the engine room, the numbers of systems they work on and gain understanding of will increase. To ensure constant progression, it is essential to accrue experience and time in the engine room, which will allow continuation of further licensing. The combination of hands-on learning from a senior engineer and technical education courses are compulsory to advance to a position as second engineer.

A second engineer is the chief engineer’s right hand and dependability is paramount. In this position, you have a good working knowledge of all yacht systems. At this level, you can complete basic maintenance and repair independently as well as effectively assist the chief on advanced projects. Your duties will also include working with outside vendors and contractors.

A chief engineer is fully accountable for the entirety of the engine room and safety aboard the yacht. The position requires leadership and strong management skills in addition to technical expertise. As the size of the yacht increases, so does the number of engineers on board, complexity of systems and scope of engineering projects that require detailed time and fiscal oversight.

Career Path

Chief engineer unlimited, chief y1 (<3000gt < 9000kw), chief y2 (<3000gt < 3000kw), chief y3 (<500gt < 3000kw), chief y4 (<200gt < 1500kw), 2nd unlimited, 2nd (<3000gt <6000kw), 2nd (<3000gt <3000kw), 2nd (<500gt <3000kw), oow engineer (meol), oow engineer (aec), electronics engineer (eto), junior engineer (unlicensed).

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Engineer / Assistant Engineer job description

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The main function of the Engineer is to maintain the mechanical and electrical operations of the yacht.  This position will entail very large, complicated jobs, and it can, at the same time, incorporate something as small as fixing a remote control for guests, or fixing a toilet.

An Engineer must be a very technically-minded individual who can wear many hats during the course of the day.  He/she must be able to transition well between engine room work and interacting with guests.  The Engineer will ultimately be responsible for keeping the mechanical side of the yacht, particularly Hotel Services, running without a hitch.

An Engineer is responsible for just about everything on the yacht that could break and need to be fixed.  This includes everything from the main engines to smaller pieces of equipment like jet skis, televisions, refrigerators, air conditioners, etc.  This individual must be able to trouble-shoot and repair virtually everything in the confines of the yacht. Additionally, a good engineer will have a good knowledge base of finding and purchasing parts for the yacht.  As most yachts travel around the world, it is important to maintain and inventory all parts and be prepared for breakages, replacements, etc.

The Engineer is directly responsible to the Chief Engineer and may look after the electrics and electronics if there isn\’t an electrician or ETO (Electronic Technical Officer) on board.

Assistant Engineers are sometimes employed on larger yachts as an entry-level position. It is the Assistant Engineer’s job to assist all other members of the Engineering department with their work. As your gain experience you may be responsible for specific tasks yourself. It is a great way of learning all about engineering on board a superyacht in a hands-on way, and can be a good stepping-stone to an Engineer position.

Required Skills and Experience

An Engineer may have experience of working on board superyachts, either as an Assistant Engineer or as a Deckhand. Alternatively they may have experience of working in other marine engineering or engineering sectors. Any skills or experience relevant to the systems on board (eg marine engines (inboard and outboard), generators, air conditioning, water makers, electric and electronic systems, etc) will be advantageous.

An Assistant Engineer is an entry-level position, and while no previous experience is required, candidates should be technically-minded, hard working and keen to learn and progress.

Required Certification

An Engineer should hold the MCA STCW Basic Safety certification, or Merchant Navy or Royal Navy Engine Room Watch Keeping Certificate or equivalent.

Salary Range

An Engineer would usually earn a salary of between £2,000 and £3,500 per month, depending on the size of yacht and the scope of the position. With around 5 or more years experience, this could rise to between £2,800 and over £4,000 per month.

An Assistant Engineer could expect to earn around £1,500 per month.

Career Progression

Superyacht Crew The natural progression for an experienced Engineer is to a Chief Engineer role. However, in some cases an Engineer develops a specialism in Electrics or Electronics and may decide to become an Electronic Technical Officer (ETO) or an Electrician.

Marine Industry An experienced Engineer would be in demand in a number of roles within the marine industry. Boatbuilding and shipbuilding firms employ Engineers and Engineering Supervisors and Managers to lead their Engineering Teams. Port Operators also require Engineers.

Other Industries Engineering skills are valued in many other industries. Depending on the position, it may however be necessary to attend training courses or gain qualifications to convert your marine engineering skills to those relevant to the position.

Assistant Engineer

Superyacht Crew An Assistant Engineer will usually progress to become an Engineer.

Marine Industry Assistant Engineer on board a superyacht is usually a junior, entry-level position which will give you a good background in knowing how a superyacht engineering department runs. There are a whole host of Engineering roles available in the wider maritime sector, for example in the leisure sector as a Marine Engineer, or as an Engineer in a Port Operation. You may also wish to consider the Merchant Navy’s Engineering Officer Training programme. Without relevant qualifications you are likely to need to start at the bottom, but your experience will certainly be advantageous in getting your chosen job.

Other Industries There are a whole host of Engineering roles available in many other industries. Without relevant qualifications you are likely to need to start at the bottom, but your experience will certainly be advantageous in getting your chosen job.

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