On charter and larger yachts, you are required to have a yacht engineer license. On smaller yachts the captain or mate may be responsible for the basic engine maintenance. Knowledge of diesel engine maintenance and general mechanical ability is a must for a yacht engineer. Other skill sets useful in yacht engineering include refrigeration, plumbing, electrics, air conditioning and IT experience.
ENTRY LEVEL YACHT ENGINEER: Basic engineering, including outboard motors
General refrigeration and AC
Basic electrical and electronics
CHIEF YACHT ENGINEER: All of the above at an advanced level
Management skills, ability to direct/teach others in the engine room