The yacht chief engineer should have excellent engineering skills, technical skills and in-depth knowledge of the engineering systems on board. This employee will have to effectively plan the major repairs and annual inspections of the vessel. The Chief Engineer is also in charge of relations and negotiations with the companies supplying spare parts for the yacht.
For large yachts, called “superyachts” or “megayachts”, this role requires more than ten years of experience and a license of MCA level Y1 - Y2. The Chief Engineer is also the trainer and the manager of the engineers on board, consequently, he/she should have very good managerial skills.
Job responsibilities of a Chief Engineer without limitations by vessel weight on a superyacht
Ensuring safety of operation of the engine room
Planning repairs and inspection of the engine
Managing and training onboard engineers
Inventory of engineering tools
Skills required for a Chief Engineer without limitations by vessel weight on a superyacht
Extensive technical experience
Advanced knowledge of all onboard systems of the yacht
Excellent ability to plan maintenance
Self-reliance and self-discipline
Multitasking and versatile
Ability to delegate his/her functions and train engineers onboard
Accounting of expenses and procurements for maintenance of engines
Knowledge of suppliers in the event of a breakdown