A much-needed trained professional aboard any superyacht, a yacht engineer’s primary role is to oversee the safe and efficient running of a yacht. A mid-life position, a yacht the engineer will either work by themselves or can be in charge of an engineering department, depending on the size of the yacht. This department is tasked with maintaining both the mechanical and electrical operations of the yacht, from the main engines to the small onboard appliances. It is the responsibility of a chief yacht engineer to watch over the safety of other engineers in the engine room, as well as other workers within the department. Yacht engineers jobs are available on both privately owned yachts as well as charter yachts, which are rented out per day or week.


Yacht engineer jobs are extremely rewarding. Given you have completed the STCW Basic Safety training and have an ENG1, you can begin looking for a job as a yacht engineer today. Check out our entire yacht engineer job offerings for more information. 

duties and responsibilities

A yacht engineer’s daily tasks include ensuring all equipment is maintained properly and is in safe working conditions at all times; overseeing the yacht’s communication equipment; and making sure all engineering work is done correctly. This includes keeping relevant documents and logs up to date such as the Engine room Log, managing the disposal of oil, Blige water and sludge from the yacht and carrying out watch duties. The exact day-to-day job description of a yacht engineer varies per yacht, type and size of the yacht.


Yacht engineer salaries vary, depending on the size and types of yacht. Data indicates that working on a charter yacht can see a yacht engineer earn more than on a private yacht, but the role of chief engineer earns more on a private yacht in turn. A chief yacht engineer salary on a 66m yacht starts around €5,000, but it can increase to up to €12,000 for a chief yacht engineer working on 101 plus meter yacht.


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