Chief Engineer Yacht Jobs

The Chief Engineer is responsible to the Captain for the safe and efficient running of the yacht. Chief Engineers may work as an individual or, as the leader of a team of perhaps up to 4, 6 or more subordinates, depending on the size of the yacht, that work together to operate, maintain and repair basically anything that moves on board the vessel from outboard engines to electrical generators and propulsion engines to hydraulic and electronic systems.

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. S/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 high calibre can expect higher wages and other benefits in recognition of their 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/her team perhaps!) would be called to the accommodation to meet with the guests so s/he must also be presentable and courteous and occasionally, even a bit of a diplomat! If the Engineer is working on a smaller vessel, s/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?

In a yacht crew salary survey conducted by YPI CREW, 279 technical crew have contributed; 162 Chief Engineers, 60 Second Engineers, 16 Third Engineers, and 25 ETO/AVIT.

Overall, many more Engineers reported being on rotation than Captains. We see that 72% of Chief Engineers, 57% of Second Engineers and 56% of Third Engineers are rotational, along with 88% of ETO/AVIT Engineers.

For Chief Engineers we note that beyond the 66 – 80m segment, there is no data for permanent salaries. This reflects the engineering recruitment market where in fact, from +65m upwards, the market is rotation only, apart from a few exceptions. The same goes for Second Engineers and ETOs where permanent contracts on +65m yachts are for build contracts only. It is our experience that the market is rotation-only for Engineers on operational yachts over 65m.