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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)

£23,000 Starter


£38,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on shifts

How to become

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How to become 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
  • T Level in Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing

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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You could do an Engineering Fitter Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship, or a Maintenance Operations Engineering Technician Level 3 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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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 a qualifications and experience in maintenance, such as:

  • mechanical engineering
  • pipefitting
  • welding
  • electrical engineering

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Further information

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

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • practical skills for repairing and maintaining equipment
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • problem-solving skills
  • the ability to work on your own
  • the ability to make decisions about tools and equipment
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a maintenance fitter, you could:

  • install pipework, valves, pumps and motors
  • carry out planned maintenance checks
  • find and fix faults
  • replace worn parts, reset instrument controls and clean machinery
  • respond to emergency breakdowns, for example on a factory production line

Working environment

You could work in a factory or at a client's business.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You could do further training while you work to become an engineering technician or site supervisor.

Courses that could help you progress 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

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Year 2 Electrical Fitter Apprentice

  • Wage: £12,313.60 a year Annually

Apprentice Engineering Fitter

  • Wage: £13,312 a year Annually
  • Location: Pinxton, Nottingham

Courses In England

Certificate in Engineering - Maintenance Technology Level 2

  • Start date: 09 September 2024
  • Location: LIVERPOOL

Engineering - Maintenance Technology Certificate Level 2

  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: BURY ST EDMUNDS

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