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Forklift truck engineer

Forklift truck engineers service and repair lift trucks.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £18,000 to £30,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements, but you could take a college course in a subject like vehicle or plant maintenance. 

Experience or qualifications in LGV (lorry) service and repair, agricultural machinery or mechanical and electrical engineering maintenance would be helpful.

You could get into this job through a vehicle maintenance and repair (lift truck) apprenticeship,

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • practical skills
  • the ability to solve problems 
  • organisational skills
  • communication and negotiation skills
  • IT skills 

3. What you'll do

You’ll service and repair forklift trucks, hand trucks, or large trucks that move shipping containers, so they work correctly and meet safety standards. 

Your day-to-day tasks could include:

  • visiting clients on-site with a mobile workshop
  • identifying problems or fine-tuning performance using a laptop or hand-held computers
  • repairing or replacing faulty parts
  • servicing engines 
  • test-driving trucks and making any adjustments
  • carrying out annual safety checks 

4. Salary

Starter: £18,000 to £22,000

Experienced: up to £25,000

Highly Experienced: £30,000 or more

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 40 hours a week, including shift work and overtime.

You’ll be based in a workshop, but spend much of your time visiting clients.

This is a physically active role, so you'll need a reasonable level of fitness.

You'll usually need a driving licence.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a parts or service manager. 

You could set up your own business. 

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Last updated: 08 December 2016