Maintenance engineers undertake scheduled and breakdown maintenance of engineering equipment or plants.
As a maintenance engineer you will be responsible for the continuous running of equipment and machinery. You will use computerized systems to oversee routine maintenance and organize repairs.
Maintenance engineers are also involved in control and monitoring devices and occasionally in the manufacture of items that will help in maintenance.
Employers of maintenance engineers
- Manufacturing, construction and process companies (for example food and drink manufacturers)
- Utilities companies
- Government agencies
- Research facilities
- designing maintenance strategies, procedures and methods
- carrying out routine scheduled maintenance work and responding to equipment faults
- diagnosing breakdown problems
- fitting new parts and making sure equipment is working correctly
- carrying out quality inspections on jobs
- liaising with client departments, customers and other engineering and production colleagues
- arranging specialist procurement of fixtures, fittings or components
- controlling maintenance tools, stores and equipment
- monitoring and controlling maintenance costs
- dealing with emergencies, unplanned problems and repairs
- improving health and safety policies and procedures
- working with specialist equipment, such as programmable logic controllers (PLC), which control machinery on factory assembly lines
- writing maintenance strategies to help with installation and commissioning guidelines
- ensuring there is continuous cover of the machinery and equipment in case of breakdowns.
A degree is not an essential requirement to become a maintenance engineer but many candidates do have a BEng in a relevant subject such as:
- electrical and electronic engineering
- manufacturing engineering
- mechanical engineering
- production engineering.
- An ability to work well under pressure
- Good verbal and written communication skills
- Relevant technical knowledge
- Problem-solving skills
- Efficiency and organization
- Team-working skills