Forklift truck engineer
Forklift truck engineers service and repair lift trucks.
1. Entry requirementsThere 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
- 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
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 environmentYou’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 progressionWith experience, you could become a parts or service manager.
You could set up your own business.
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Last updated: 09 October 2018