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ETO stands for “Electro – Technical Officer”. This position encompasses any task onboard that works with electrical systems on Heating Ventilation Air conditioning (HVAC), High Voltage (HV) and sometimes Diesel Electric systems to ensure their safe performance. 


Yachts over 100m | 330ft in length generally have both a dedicated ETO and a dedicated AV/IT Officer due to the scale of technology and systems on board.



What does a yacht ETO do? | Yacht ETO Job Description


The ETOs take a specialist role within the Engineering Department and are responsible for maintaining a wide range of complex electric systems onboard a yacht.


The responsibilities of an ETO include:


  • Ensuring proper work and maintenance of all electrical equipment on board 

  • Working of electrical parts like engine rooms, radio communications, and electronic navigation needs 

  • Look into basic electric needs like refrigeration, bridge systems and control rooms 

  • In charge of maintenance of all switchboards including the main switchboard and emergency switchboard

  • Responsible for all the batteries that are connected to machinery onboard

  • Maintenance of the HVAC system

  • Maintenance of emergency systems including emergency switches, fire alarms and detectors 

  • Maintenance of the yacht’s electrical components like navigational lights, battery backups and electrically operated propelling machinery 

  • Arranging and managing external contractor visits when needed



Soft and hard skills required to be an ETO


An ETO should be a self-motivated person, capable of working unsupervised and show superior knowledge in electrical systems. They are the go-to person for any electrical issues so they must have knowledge and confidence in resolving a myriad of problems that may arise.


The skills of a good ETO include:


  • Experience in electrical power supply and distribution systems

  • A working understanding of risk assessment procedures, safe systems of work, and planned maintenance requirements

  • Independent decision-making capacity

  • Ability to work under pressure

  • Flair for circuits and wires 

  • Task prioritization and organization

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills



Mandatory certificates needed to work on board a yacht 


All crew members regardless of position and seniority need to have a valid STCW Basic Safety Training certificate, along with a recognised Seafarers medical certificate, the most popular being the ENG1 which is issued by an MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) professional medic. 


Without these two certificates, it is not possible for crew to work on board a yacht and a Recruiter will not be able to assist you in finding work onboard a yacht. 


For more information about mandatory certificates please visit our Mandatory Certificates Guide.



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Each of our recruiters is specialised in crew placement for their respective department and they will do their best to get you an interview onboard a yacht. They will also advise you on how to best present your experience and skills and prepare for a yacht job interview.

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ETO Officer works with electrical systems and high voltage to ensure safe performance of the yacht’s electrical systems.

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