Lift engineer

Alternative titles for this job include Lift technician, escalator engineer

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
  • applying directly


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

You could also take a higher national diploma or foundation degree in mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering.

Entry requirements

You'll usually 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
  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a higher national certificate or higher national diploma

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You could do a lift and escalator electromechanic advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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Direct application

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

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Further information

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

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
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

  • have a full driving licence

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • carrying out routine checks
  • isolating problems and making repairs
  • 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
  • making sure equipment meets health and safety regulations
  • producing 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

You could move into supervisory management, technical sales or general engineering.

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

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Lift Engineering Apprenticeship

  • Wage : £166.00 Weekly
  • Location: Heywood OL10 2RQ

Lift Engineering Apprenticeship

  • Wage : £166.00 Weekly
  • Location: Bristol BS37 5AH

Courses In England

Engineering (Mechanical) - BEng Hons Degree (Part-Time)

  • Start date: 08 September 2020
  • Location: Blackpool

HNC Mechanical Engineering

  • Start date: 07 September 2020
  • Location: DURHAM

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