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Guide to Chief Engineer Jobs

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Chief engineer is a senior management position with administrative as well as expert mechanical, electrical, refrigeration and electronic knowledge required. The chief is responsible for the safe and continuous operation of these systems and will delegate the maintenance responsibilities to the other engineer officers.

To obtain a chief engineer certificate of competency – (STCW’95 III/2-chief engineer) in the merchant offshore industry you must have served 12 month's sea time as a second engineer. Further theory requirements need to be met before taking the safety authority (SAMSA) oral examination. Salaries in this position are very similar to captain at approximately $7000 per month (R50 000), earning leave at about 16 days for every 30 days served. The chief engineer position requires planning and administration for the safe and continuous maintenance and operation of the vessel. It requires good management ability of engineering crew.

For the luxury yacht industry, the position of chief engineer will require more interaction with guests in line with the high service requirements of this industry. Appropriate MCA qualifications up to yacht 1 (<3000G.T, <9000kw) for the size of vessel, range of operation and relevant main engine power will apply to specific vessels and operations. The necessary sea-time requirements must also be met. Promotion is dependant on merit, ability and qualifications, while salaries may range from approximately $5000 - $10 000 per month. A month’s leave and travel expenses from and to the boat is usual. Bonuses, tips, and medical insurance are discretionary. The most financially rewarding positions are on the large charter or private yachts operating in the Caribbean / U.S. or Mediterranean / Europe.

Jobs for Chief Engineers in South Africa (& for South African citizens internationally)

Employment opportunities for chief engineers do exist in South Africa with more jobs available on large charter vessels operating in the Caribbean / U.S. or Mediterranean / Europe.

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1st Crew are experienced in the placement of suitably qualified applicants seeking employment on luxury yachts to mega yachts and jobs on ships to super tankers, both internationally and in South Africa. We offer a managed marine recruitment service to yacht and ship owners.

Information about other marine crew jobs:

: Deckhand : Deck Stew : Steward · Stewardess : Chief Steward · Stewardess : Purser : Bosun : Mate · Mate Coastal :
: Chef : Deck Officer : Master Coastal : Chief Mate : Engineer Officer : Chief Engineer : Master · Yachtmaster · Captain :