A career in Engineering

Life as an Engineer.

If you are considering joining a yacht to work as an engineer, you should have a mechanical aptitude, a basic knowledge of working with electrical systems and most of all, a keen willingness to learn new systems.  As an engineer, you will be expected to have a good knowledge of all machinery onboard which will include main engines, generators, pumps, electrical motors, electronic equipment.  In addition to this there are other systems that will test your knowledge such as electrical, electronics, hydraulics, desalination plants, waste water treatment, air-conditioning and refrigeration and many others.

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Engineering training & qualifications

Engineering Training & Qualifications:

Before undertaking any courses or qualifications, ensure the institution and the certification issued is recognised by either the MCA or US Coast Guard, depending on where you intend to work.

You will need to be STCW95 certified to be eligible for all Certificates of Competence.
The Certification of Competency that you can obtain are AEC; MEOL(Y); Y4; Y3; Y2 and Y1.
All engineering time must be logged on a vessel that is 24 meters in length, or greater.
Documented proof of sea time can be recorded by any one of the following:

  1. Merchant Navy Discharge Book (Seaman’s Book)
  2. Certificates of Discharge from ship
  3. Professional Yachtsmen’s Service Record Book
  4. MCA approved Seaman’s Discharge Book
  5. The above needs to be supported by signed testimonials from Owners, Masters, Chief Engineers or Management Companies.

Once you have decided that you wish to pursue a career in Engineering, you should apply to the MCA for a Letter of Initial Assessment before you enrol at an MCA approved training college.  This Letter will provide you with the training, education and sea service that will be required of you by the MCA to attain you first Certificate of Competence (CoC).

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