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Maintenance fitter Engineering maintenance fitter, maintenance engineer

Maintenance fitters install, service and repair industrial machinery and equipment.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £16,000 to £35,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You may be able to get into this job through an apprenticeship.

You could also take a college course to learn some of the skills you'll need. Useful subjects include:

  • mechanical engineering
  • electrical and electronic engineering technology
  • maintenance engineering technology

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • practical skills
  • problem-solving skills
  • the ability to follow technical manuals and engineering diagrams

3. What you'll do

You can work as a fitter in factories, industrial plants, transport depots and for building services companies. You'll install and maintain mechanical, electrical and hydraulic systems and equipment.

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • installing pipework, valves, pumps and motors
  • carrying out planned maintenance checks
  • finding and fixing faults
  • replacing worn parts and re-setting instrument controls
  • cleaning machinery
  • responding to emergency breakdowns, for example on a factory production line

4. Salary

Starter: £16,000 to £21,000

Experienced: £22,000 to £30,000

Highly Experienced: £30,000 to £35,000

You may be paid an extra allowances for night shift work.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll normally work 37 to 40 hours, 5 days a week. Shift work and overtime are common and you may be on-call to deal with emergencies.

You could be based in a factory or production plant. You might also work in shopping centres or office blocks.

You'll wear protective clothing including overalls, a hard hat and safety boots.

6. Career path and progression

You can improve your career prospects and become an engineering technician or site supervisor by training for industry qualifications on the job. Each industry has several options and examples include:

  • Level 3 (NVQ) Diploma in Engineering Maintenance
  • Level 3 Diploma in Installing Engineering Construction Plant and Systems - Mechanical Fitting
  • Level 3 Combined Diploma in Process Engineering Maintenance

You can take further training up to degree level to qualify as a mechanical, electrical or systems engineer.

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Last updated: 11 April 2017