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Lift engineer

Alternative titles for this job include Lift service technician, escalator engineer

Lift engineers install, service and repair lifts and escalators.

Average salary (a year)

£19,000 Starter


£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become

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How to become a lift engineer

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly
  • training with a professional body


You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Relevant subjects include:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Maintenance Engineering Technology
  • Level 3 Diploma in Building Services Engineering
  • Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Lift Engineering

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a higher national certificate or higher national diploma

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The following apprenticeships may be relevant to this role:

  • Stairlift, platform lift and service lift electro-mechanics intermediate apprenticeship
  • Lift and escalator mechanic advanced apprenticeship
  • Lifting equipment technician advanced apprenticeship

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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If you work in the lift and escalator industry you can do a higher national diploma or foundation degree in lift engineering, with the support of your employer.

Direct Application

You can apply directly to employers if you've got relevant qualifications and experience in electrical, electro-mechanical or building services engineering.

Other Routes

You can do training in lift engineering technology through the Lift and Escalator Industry Association.

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Further information

You can get more details on careers in maintenance engineering from the Lift and Escalator Industry Association and Tomorrow's Engineers.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to repair machines or systems
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • problem-solving skills
  • customer service skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • persistence and determination
  • 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

You could:

  • carry out routine checks
  • isolate problems and do repairs
  • respond to emergency breakdown call-outs
  • install and fit out lifts, lifting gear and lift wells
  • demonstrate new equipment to clients
  • refurbish or replace lift interiors, flooring, panel displays, communication systems, buttons and lighting
  • update written and computerised work records
  • make sure equipment meets health and safety regulations
  • produce risk assessment reports and legal and insurance documents

Working environment

You could work at a client's business.

Your working environment may be cramped, hot, dirty and you'll travel often.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You could move into supervisory management, technical sales or wider building services engineering.

You could also use your skills to work in other industries, like manufacturing, engineering construction or safety inspection, either employed by a company or as a freelance contractor.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

London Underground Lifts and Escalators Engineering Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £23,404.00 Annually
  • Location: London

Apprentice Lifting Engineer

  • Wage: £14,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Betam Road, HAYES

Courses In England

HNC Engineering (Mechanical)

  • Provider: MID-KENT COLLEGE
  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: Maidstone


  • Start date: 16 September 2024
  • Location: HARTLEPOOL

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