Maintenance fitter

Alternative titles for this job include Engineering maintenance fitter, maintenance engineer

Maintenance fitters install, service and repair industrial machinery and equipment.

Average salary (a year)

£16,000 Starter


£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on shifts

How to become a Maintenance fitter

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly


You could take a college course to learn some of the skills you'll need. Useful subjects include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering
  • Level 2 Diploma in Maintenance Engineering Technology
  • Level 3 Certificate in Fabrication and Welding Engineering Technology

Entry requirements

You may 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 a maintenance operations engineering intermediate or advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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You could start as an engineering operative or trainee craftsperson and do training on the job to become a fitter.

Direct application

You can apply directly for maintenance fitter jobs if you've got relevant qualifications and experience. This could be from mechanical engineering, pipefitting, welding or electrical work.

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Further information

You can find more details about careers in engineering from the ECITB and Tomorrow's Engineers.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • practical skills for repairing and maintaining equipment
  • the ability to repair machines or systems
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work on your own
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • installing pipework, valves, pumps and motors
  • carrying out planned maintenance checks
  • finding and fixing faults
  • replacing worn parts and re-setting instrument controls
  • cleaning machinery
  • responding to emergency breakdowns, for example on a factory production line

Working environment

You could work in a commercial building, in a factory or at a production plant.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

You could do further training while you work, to become an engineering technician or site supervisor. Relevant courses include:

  • Level 3 (NVQ) Diploma in Engineering Maintenance
  • Level 3 Diploma in Installing Engineering Construction Plant and Systems - Mechanical Fitting
  • Level 3 Combined Diploma in Process Engineering Maintenance

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Advanced Apprenticeship - Mechanical Engineering

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

Engineering Apprentice

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

Courses In England

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