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Engineering maintenance technicians service and repair equipment in industries like manufacturing, production and transport.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £18,000 to £40,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You'll find it useful to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in subjects like maths, science, English, and design and technology.

You could complete an engineering course at college.

Once you start working, you could train towards a work-based qualification like an apprenticeship

For more information about engineering maintenance as a career, check the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), SEMTA and Tomorrow's Engineers.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • practical and technical skills
  • ability in maths, science and IT
  • an understanding of engineering drawings and principles
  • the ability to manage a varied workload
  • problem-solving skills

3. What you'll do

You’ll usually do either preventative (planned) or emergency maintenance.

In preventative maintenance, your day-to-day duties may include:

  • organising routine servicing schedules
  • allocating work to a team of fitters
  • checking and calibrating instruments to make sure they’re accurate
  • fitting new parts as required, or as part of a regular replacement rota
  • carrying out quality inspections on jobs

Emergency maintenance tasks may include:

  • responding immediately to equipment breakdowns
  • fixing faults on site or arranging for replacement equipment to be installed
  • keeping production managers informed of progress
  • organising teams or individuals to make sure that 24-hour cover is available

4. Salary

Starter: £18,000 to £22,000

Experienced: £23,000 to £30,000 and over

Highly Experienced: £40,000 and over

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 37 to 40 hours week, which may include shifts and emergency call-out duties.

You might work indoors in a factory or production plant, or outdoors, servicing equipment on site.

You’ll wear protective safety clothing like overalls and safety boots for most jobs.

6. Career path and progression

You could eventually qualify as an engineer in your particular field, like mechanical or electrical engineering.

You could also move into technical sales, maintenance team management and contract management.

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Last updated: 13 September 2018