Third Engineer Jobs

The 3rd Engineer works as part of the Chief Engineer’s team, providing assistance and support with the maintenance of key areas such as a yacht’s engine room.

The 3rd Engineer is typically a role for individuals in the earlier stages of their career who are looking to learn from the experience of the Chief and 2nd Engineer.


  • Undertake engine room watch duties
  • Engine room maintenance and cleanliness
  • Learn about all onboard systems
  • Work closely with the rest of engineering team to experience a wide range of onboard engineering tasks and projects
  • Assist with deck duties when required


  • Necessary qualifications
  • Some prior engineering skills and experience with different systems e.g. mechanical, electrical, and so on
  • Enthusiastic attitude towards learning
  • Prior boating experience is beneficial

How much does a 3rd Engineer earn?

Rates for a 3rd Engineer on a yacht start at approximately 3000 EUR.


A third engineer on a large yacht is usually an Officer of the Watch which means an EOOW license would normally be sufficient for this position. In other cases the following may be sufficient:

  • Yacht 3
  • Second Engineer SV <3000GT & <9000kW CoC
  • EOOW
  • Yacht 4
  • MEOL
  • AEC

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