Role of an Engineer

Yacht engineer jobs require applicants to be responsible for all mechanical, electrical, electronic, plumbing and computer systems aboard.

It is your responsibility to work with both planned maintenance and emergencies to assure that the yacht is always in good, safe, working order. Yacht engineering requires you to do everything from filter and oil changes to complete engine rebuilds. You can?t be afraid to get your hands dirty! And yet, as with all jobs aboard, you can expect to present yourself spic and span ready to interact with owners and guests.

On charter and larger yachts, you are required to have a commercial engineer license. On smaller yachts the captain or mate may be responsible for the basic engine maintenance. Knowledge of diesel engine maintenance and general mechanical ability is a must for a yacht engineer. Other skill sets useful in yacht engineering are refrigeration, plumbing, electrics, hydraulics and reverse osmosis.

Entry Level Yacht Engineer:

  • Basic engineering
  • Diesel knowledge
  • General refrigeration and AC
  • Basic plumbing
  • Basic electrical and electronics
  • Inventory control
  • Appropriate licenses/certificates

Chief Yacht Engineer:

  • All of the above
  • Electronics
  • Shipboard wiring
  • Diesel Engines
  • Outboard motors
  • Plumbing
  • Hydraulics
  • Ship sanitation
  • Management skills, ability to direct others in the engine room / 2nd Engineer and/or deckhand. Also able to facilitate crew in learning basic yacht engineering skills.
  • Advanced Life Saving
  • Appropriate licenses/certificates