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Engineering maintenance technician

Alternative titles for this job include

Engineering maintenance technicians service and repair equipment in industries like manufacturing, production and transport.

Average salary (a year)

£21,000 Starter

to

£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 42 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become

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How to become Engineering maintenance technician

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

University

You could do a foundation degree or higher national diploma in engineering before applying for a job as a trainee technician.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma

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College

You could take a college course, which would teach you some of the skills needed for this job. 

Relevant courses include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering
  • Level 2 Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology
  • Level 3 Diploma in Equipment Maintenance Engineering
  • Level 3 Diploma in Engineering
  • T Level in Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing
  • T Level in Building Services Engineering for Construction

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T Level

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Apprenticeship

You could begin your career in engineering by doing an advanced apprenticeship, such as:

  • Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician Level 3
  • Engineering Technician Level 3

You could also do an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in a specific industry, like:

  • aviation
  • compressed air and vacuum manufacturing
  • lifting equipment
  • rail

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Work

You could start as an engineering craftworker and train on the job to become an engineering maintenance technician.

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Further information

You can get more advice about engineering careers through Tomorrow's Engineers and The Institution of Engineering and Technology.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • problem-solving skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work on your own
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As an engineering maintenance technician, you could:

  • organise routine servicing schedules and assign tasks
  • check and maintain instruments and machinery
  • fix breakdown faults and arrange for replacement equipment
  • complete reports and inform production managers of progress
  • do risk assessments and keep stock control records

Working environment

You could work in a factory, on a construction site or at a manufacturing plant.

Your working environment may be noisy and outdoors some of the time.

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience you could:

  • take a Lead Engineering Maintenance Technician Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship to become a senior maintenance technician
  • do further training to qualify as an engineer in a specific field like mechanical, electrical or building services
  • move into technical sales, maintenance team management or contract management
  • become a further education teacher

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

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Courses In England

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