Chief Engineer Yacht Jobs
On larger yachts, more over 50m in length, it wouldn’t be unusual to have one or more electricians or electronics officers working in the Engineering team to help with the AV/IT, communications and other systems that are becoming more complex with each new boat.
The Chief Engineer will work with the Class society to arrange surveys, arrange external contractor visits if required and finalise work lists and budgets for maintenance periods. He will also run the planned maintenance efficiently to ensure the yacht works at its optimum for the longest time possible to make sure the owner of the vessel benefits to the maximum from his ownership.
A practical, hands-on Chief Engineer, who can work independently without the assistance of shore parties, is a highly-prized individual who can save the owner thousands of Euros in the long and short term. Engineers of this calibre can expect to demand higher wages and other benefits in recognition of his or her skills. They are not always paid for what they do, but what they know!
When not working in the yacht engine room, it’s possible the Chief Engineer (and his team perhaps!) would be called to the accommodation to meet with the guests so he must also be presentable and courteous and occasionally, even a bit of a diplomat! If the Engineer is working on a smaller vessel, he should expect to work with the rest of the crew to assist in the day to day running of the vessel – working on deck perhaps during anchoring or berthing operations when lack of crew members on board can make these times more difficult.
Familiarity with the ISM and ISPS code is required along with knowledge of current regulations in respect of MARPOL and SOLAS to ensure the vessel operates in a safe and efficient way.
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How much does a Chief Engineer on a yacht earn?
239 chief engineers have contributed with their salaries. On yachts 65m and below, average monthly charter salaries are greater than private salaries; however this is reversed on larger yachts over 66m, where chief engineers on private yachts earn more than their colleagues on charter vessels. The average monthly salary for a chief engineer starts at €5000. The greatest earning potential is to be had with permanent contracts on board yachts 101m+ where a chief engineer commands an average monthly salary greater than €12000.
Overall, many more engineers are on rotation than captains. We see that 47% of chief engineers, 55% of second engineer and 38% of third engineers are rotational along with 72% of ETO/AVIT engineers which is by far the highest proportion in the technical team.