How to become an engineer on a yacht?

You have always been interested in the yachting industry and working onboard a yacht as an engineer?

This article is written for you! Forget all you saw, you will find here answers to all your questions. We will help you getting into the industry and we will give you some interesting tips you should know.

First of all, anyone can become an engineer! Of course, depending on your qualification, you can have various positions. Bigger the yacht is, more engineers there are on board.

  • Chief engineer
  • Engineer
  • 2nd/3rd engineer
  • Electrical Technical Officer
  • Electrician
  • Duel deck engineer
  • Assistant engineer
  • Tender engineer


Don’t think that you only have to fixe engine….!

You will probably have to use your hand for many various things. For example: air conditioning, toys, Jacuzzis, refrigerators… Basically, all the electrical devices are in your charge too. Moreover, the engineer is in charge of all that could break: repairing laptops, fixing toilets, getting the satellite for the TV…

Three ways to work as an engineer…

Starting as a deck hand: First of all, you have to pass your STCW and your ENG1 and start as a deck hand first in order to obtain some experience on board. Later you can upgrade as engineer. But if you prefer directly start as an engineer:

Obtaining a recognized MCA qualification: For example, The Marine Engine Operator License (MEOL) is here to help you for choosing the courses you are interested in and the one you should take in order to become an engineer.

  • MEOL is an oral exam which cost between 200$ and 330$. Don’t forget to bring a notice of eligibility from MCA to sit, this is required. This means that you need to know the safety precautions as fire or accident, the engine, to fix and change alternators or generators… You must be 18 and over, hold a current ENG1, have completed the compulsory STCW and have at least 24 months of experience.


Studying with a sponsored company: Studying a HND or BSc Degree in Marine Engineering or similar with the help of a sponsored company in partnership with maritime training

Skills needed:

Project management, resource allocation, time management, extensive and diverse technical ability, be responsible for all mechanical, electrical, electronic, plumbing and computer systems aboard, make sure that the yacht is always safe, hydraulics, ensure the yacht’s communication equipment is always operational.

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