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A Yacht Engineer reports directly to the Chief Engineer and is responsible for the safe and efficient running of the mechanical and electrical operations of the yacht.


This includes everything from the main engines to TV, audio-visual systems, air conditioning, refrigeration to toys and tenders, etc.  



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


Essentially, a yacht Engineer participates in ensuring the proper functioning of all mechanical and electrical systems onboard a yacht. 


It’s therefore important that today’s superyacht Engineers possess an extensive and complex skill set and are familiar with the equipment on board.


The responsibilities of an Engineer include:


  • Daily maintenance of all mechanical and electrical and electronic systems on board the yacht

  • Troubleshooting any issues that may arise

  • Maintenance of the yacht's main engines and engine room systems 

  • Monitoring engine, machinery, and equipment indicators when the yacht is underway

  • Ensuring proper functioning of all toys and tenders

  • Implementing good safety practices

  • Maintaining inventory of all parts

  • Cleanliness and maintenance in the engine room

  • Providing assistance during shipyard periods



Soft and hard skills required to be an Engineer


A yacht Engineer should be technically-minded, an excellent problem solver, hardworking and keen to learn and progress.

It’s good to keep in mind that engineering practices and technologies change fast, so Engineers need to be adaptable and constantly work to improve and enhance their skill set through ongoing professional development. 


The skills of a good Engineer include:


  • In-depth knowledge of all systems onboard

  • Ability to identify and troubleshoot any issue 

  • Excellent problem-solving skills

  • Great attention to detail

  • Positive attitude and eagerness to learn

  • Knowledge of safety procedures

  • Good work ethic

  • Excellent planning for preventative maintenance

  • Ability to prioritize and organize

  • Ability to learn on the job

  • Ability to take direction



Mandatory certificates needed to work on board a yacht 


All crew members regardless of their position and seniority need to have a valid STCW Basic Safety Training certificate, along with a recognised Seafarer's 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 the 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 departments 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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Engineer jobs

On yachts over 45m | 145ft in size, in addition to the Chief Engineer, there will also generally be a dedicated Engineer working towards ensuring the efficient running of the yacht. The larger the yacht, the bigger the engineering team on board.

Engineer Yacht Jobs, Superyacht Engineer Jobs

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