Lift engineer

Alternative titles for this job include Lift technician

Lift engineers install, service and repair lifts and escalators.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter


£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become a Lift engineer

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship


You could do a relevant qualification at college. These include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering
  • Level 2 Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Level 2 Diploma in Maintenance Engineering Technology
  • Level 3 Diploma in Building Services Engineering

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

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You could get into this job through an advanced apprenticeship in engineering manufacturing and maintenance.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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Further information

The Lift and Escalator Industry Association and Tomorrow's Engineers have more details about working in engineering maintenance.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • customer service skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to work on your own
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

  • have a full UK or EU driving licence, held for at least 12 months

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

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

Working environment

You could work in a commercial building.

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

You may need to wear a uniform.

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.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Engineering Apprentice

  • Wage : To be agreed upon appointment
  • Location: Oldbury B69 3HU

Advanced Apprenticeship - Mechanical Engineering

  • Wage : £191.82 Weekly
  • Location: Ulverston LA12 9EE

Courses In England

Engineering (Mechanical) - BEng Hons Degree

  • Start date: 10 September 2019
  • Location: Blackpool

BSc (Hons) Top-Up Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Oxford Brookes)

  • Provider: Solihull College & University Centre
  • Start date: 01 September 2019
  • Location: Smith's Wood

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