Name: Kevin Ormonde
Yacht: M/Y Ludy
Years in current position: I first worked on Ludy in 2016. Went into the commercial sector for a period. I rejoined September 2021.
Years in industry: 5
If I weren’t on a yacht, I’d be doing a job in automotive engineering, I think. My father is a marine engineer in the commercial sector and after talking to him about marine engineering as a possible career avenue, he advised me to go into yachting.
I started out in the automotive engineering in 2009 and completed my apprenticeship in 2013. I joined the superyachts in 2016. Then I took a break from the industry and worked on commercial/tug boats. I rejoined M/Y Ludy and my captain a few months ago.
The hardest part of the job is being away from family.
I remember a bad day when I was working as an engineer on board a workboat heading up the east coast of Scotland, towing a barge. We lost one of our main engines due to a fuel pump failure. It was diagnosed and repaired promptly.
I don’t really have any views about issues facing yacht engineers today. I’m quite easygoing.
To young guys looking to make a go of a career in engineering on superyachts, I’d say be ready to work hard and always stay curious. If you’ve landed a job and want to keep it, my advice would be work hard — don’t be afraid to ask if you are unsure or curious about something or the way things work.
Engineering aside, I’ve learned that I really enjoy helping out on deck and picking up new skills I wouldn’t normally get a chance to learn if I was only willing to work in an engineering role.
My greatest achievement so far? Getting to the Pembrokeshire Cup final with my local rugby team!
The thing I love best about my job is that you get to meet interesting people from different parts of the world.
This article originally ran in the January 2022 issue of Dockwalk.