Third Engineer to Chief Engineer

Engineers are essential on yachts to help maintain all the electrical and mechanical systems and ensure they are in good working order, as well as ensuring safety in the engine room and working on fire prevention. Responsibilities for engineer positions increase with rank. Many of these tickets are needed on some boats, but useful to have on others; a lot of flexibility can exist in this particular career path.

Electronic Technical Officer (ETO)
Responsibilities will include maintaining all aspects of the yacht's electrical and electronic systems. ETOs are generally employed on larger superyachts where the engineering department comprises around four or five crew. Carries out orders from chief the engineer.
Qualifications needed: No real tickets but must have experience with IT/networks/computers and AV equipment
Preferred courses/experience: Degree or diploma in computer science

THIRD ENGINEER
Responsibilities will include cleaning and maintaining the engine room, and is a position found only on larger yachts. He or she may also have to help with deck duties so must be flexible with regards to on-board duties. Carries out orders from the chief engineer.
Qualifications needed: Approved Engine Course (AEC) - sometimes they can be unlicensed but seldom, and if so, would need experience
Preferred courses/experience: Marine Engine Operator License (MEOL), Engineer Officer of the Watch (EOOW), Yacht 4 (Y4)

SECOND ENGINEER
Responsibilities will include ensuring the safety, cleanliness and maintenance of the engine room, and maintaining general systems on board. Carries out orders from the chief engineer.
Qualifications needed: Approved Engine Course (AEC), Marine Engine Operator License (MEOL), Engineer Officer of the Watch (EOOW), Second Engineer Unlimited, Unlicensed
Preferred courses/experience: Yacht 2 (Y2), Yacht 3 (Y3), Yacht 4 (Y4)

FIRST ENGINEER
Responsibilities will include ensuring the safety, cleanliness and maintenance of the engine room, and maintaining general systems on board, but is of a higher rank than the second engineer. Carries out orders from chief engineer.
Qualifications needed: Approved Engine Course (AEC), Marine Engine Operator License (MEOL), Engineer Officer of the Watch (EOOW), Second Engineer Unlimited, Unlicensed
Preferred courses/experience: Chief Engineer Unlimited or USCG equivalent

CHIEF ENGINEER
Responsibilities will include the maintenance of the yacht's electrical and mechanical systems, keeping them in good working order, and informing crewmembers about the yacht's demands and limitations. Must have the ability to isolate a problem and if a permanent solution is not available, to invent a temporary solution. The chief engineer is the top level of this career path, so will only carry out orders from the captain.
Qualifications needed: Chief Engineer Commercial Unlimited Class 1, Chief Engineer Commercial Unlimited Class 2, Approved Engine Course (AEC), Marine Engine Operator License (MEOL), Engineer Officer of the Watch (EOOW), Second Engineer Unlimited, Unlicensed, or USCG equivalent
Preferred courses/experience: Yacht 1 – Chief Engineer, Yacht 2 – Chief Engineer, Yacht 3 – Chief Engineer, Yacht 4 – Chief Engineer