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Lift engineer Lift technician

Lift engineers install, refurbish, service and repair lifts and escalators. 

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £18,000 to £35,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll usually need experience or qualifications in mechanical engineering, electronic engineering or building services engineering. 

Relevant qualifications include:

  • level 2 certificate in mechanical engineering
  • level 2 certificate in electrical and electronic engineering technology
  • level 2 diploma in maintenance engineering technology
  • level 2 diploma in access to building services engineering.
  • HNC or HND in mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering

You’ll need colour-normal vision.

A driving licence will be useful. 

You could get into this career through an apprenticeship.

The Lift & Escalator Industry Association and Tomorrow's Engineers have more information about this career.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • skills in electrical or mechanical work
  • excellent problem-solving skills
  • good organisational skills to plan workloads
  • IT skills for updating records and writing reports
  • computer aided design (CAD) skills, if involved in design work

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • carrying out routine checks
  • making minor repairs or isolating problems until a service can be carried out
  • responding to emergency breakdown call-outs
  • installing and fitting out lifts, lifting gear and lift wells
  • demonstrating new equipment to clients
  • refurbishing or replacing lift interiors, flooring, panel displays, communication systems, buttons and lighting
  • updating written and computerised work records
  • identifying recurring problems
  • making sure equipment meets health and safety regulations
  • producing risk assessment reports and legal and insurance documents

4. Salary

Starter: £18,000 to £22,000

Experienced: £25,000 to £30,000

Highly Experienced: £35,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll normally work 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Overtime is common and you may have shifts covering a 24-hour rota.

Work conditions will vary depending on the building you are working in. The job could be oily and dirty, and you are likely to work in confined spaces, particularly on older systems. 

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into supervisory management, technical sales or engineering design.

You could also use your skills at technician level to move into other industries, like manufacturing or engineering construction or safety inspection, either within a company or as a freelance contractor.

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Last updated: 08 December 2016