So you want to be a yacht engineer?

A job to be proud of

A yacht engineer takes responsibility for practical maintenance and the regular servicing of all on-board systems and engines, and all outgoing tenders and toys.

Excellent prospects

As an engineer your busiest time on board will be when the yacht is not in use. So you’ll need to work effectively both in a team and alone, often under pressure or to tight deadlines.

Your time will often be spent in the engine room, cleaning and maintaining the systems and fixing any faults to ensure the smooth running of the yacht when the owner or guests are on-board.

Your duties will be far-reaching. You’ll be responsible not only for the engines, but also for the electrics, plumbing and performing general maintenance on all other equipment such as refrigerators, air conditioning and the on-board tenders and jet-skis.

So you’ll be a hands-on person, great at multi-tasking, with a keen interest in knowing how things work.

With a shortage of professionally qualified engineers, there are good job prospects within the private sectors of the maritime industry for those with some prior experience in engineering and a determination to succeed.

Career progression and pay scales are particularly good. As you gain more experience at sea and work your way up to chief engineer, you’ll find yourself held in the same high regard as the first mate and the captain.

“I’m a yacht engineer based on a Mangusta 108′ Twin Turbine with water jets, what a piece of kit… I’m still buzzing after having the chance to play with jet fighter turbines, and on top of that, during my first day off work, I watched the Monaco Grand Prix from the middle of harbour. Not bad for my first week on the job!”

James Richard, Professional Yacht Engineer

Ocean Training

A comprehensive course, you’ll cover your sea miles and complete shore-based training in yacht maintenance, engineering, navigation and theory. You’ll qualify for an entry-level deck position or a dual deck/engineer, skipper/engineer role, on a wide variety of yachts.

Professional Yachtmaster

Combined with an additional AEC certificate (see below) this course is a great way to open up employment opportunities as an engineer or as a skipper, leaving your options open.


The Approved Engine Course is the first level of certification any aspiring engineer needs to be considered for an engineering based position, so it has been fully integrated into Ocean Training course, or can be taken in addition to the Professional Yachtmaster course.

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