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Rotational Chief Engineer - How to get hired?
Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 8:28 AM
Joined: 26/11/2013
Posts: 3

Hi, Would like some of You, experienced yacht Engineers, share thoughts of how to get hired as a rotational Chief Engineer these days. Is it walking the docks, crew agencies, personal contacts or are all professional job interviews taking place in Waxys? Is Yachting really more about of who You know, not what You know? What is more important these days to have on resume - surfing skills or experience and work history? Should I even state that I'm a hands-on Engineer while a lot of Engineering job offers talk about water sports and fun? What are management companies, Captains and other Chief Engineers really looking from a candidate? The reason I'm asking Your help is because I'm finding real hard to get a job, although I have 5 years experience on yachts, 5 years commercial background, excellent English, Chief Unlimited license, stcw, eng1, b1b2 and all other certificates. I'm listed with all the crew agencies and not picky about the salary. Just not located in any major yachting centers. Any feedback would greatly be appreciated.
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 7:45 PM
Joined: 10/10/2008
Posts: 3


To respond to some of your questions, I find the best way to get hired on a yacht is using crew agencies and the people you know. As a licensed engineer with experience and references to back me up I never walk the docks. When looking for work I simply notify all the agencies and also get in touch with captains and other engineers I know to see if something is opening up. I'm currently working 2 on 2 off on a yacht and was placed by an agencyThe thing to remember is that lots of engineers are fighting over rotational positions as lots of boats only hire full time... Be patient and you should land a job eventually. With an unlimited ticket you should have no issue getting hired for a full time position to gain some experience on yachts. 

Now on the resume thing, usually the licenses you have and references and previous experiences are pretty standard. The surfing or active thing is not required. You need to bare in mind that boat crew are usually hanging out together so captains that are active (lets say they like surfing) and that have lots of crew sharing the same interest will try to fit in an engineer that would follow their program and not lock himself up in his room. Basically captains are looking at hiring people that are a match with the current crew.  

Posted: Saturday, February 15, 2014 7:17 PM
Joined: 13/10/2013
Posts: 6

Please get picky about the salary, the rest of us engineers need to be paid what we are worth. Thanks.
Posted: Monday, February 17, 2014 9:06 PM
Joined: 26/11/2013
Posts: 3

Thanks Tyzack, this is real experience talking...

Please understand that some Engineers still do this to make a living and do not take this as top $$$ paid vacation.