You may think maintenance engineering roles are fairly self explanatory, however there’s much more to this role than meets the eye.
Of course Maintenance Engineers do repair and service machinery, but their role is much more far reaching. They are responsible for the continuous running of equipment and machinery. In order to do this they use computer systems to monitor and report on a systems state of repair as well as organise maintenance and repairs. They aim do this in a way that will reduce efficiency/output by as minimal amount as possible.
They are also tasked with improving facilities to reduce the number of break downs and the cost of these breakdowns.
The specific tasks they complete are dependent on the industry you work in, you could work in one of the following areas;
Production line machinery
Civil or Military aircraft
Power generation facilities
Automated transportation machinery
This industry requires good technical and practical skills, as this caters for a large amount of your work. Teamworking is also a big part of this role so good communication is essential.
To work in this industry most applicants start as an apprentice within a relevant company. The entry requirements for this are likely to be GCSE’s A-C in relevant subjects such as English, Maths and Science. Taking a college course in a relevant diploma is another option. Once in a role, working towards an NVQ or equivalent is encouraged.
What you can expect
Maintenance jobs often work the standard 37-40 hours a week, However, being on call for emergencies, during evenings and weekends can be part of the role. Working conditions can vary depending on the sector. Some roles are based in the factories others can be outside or on a site, therefore knowledge of safety is a must.
Salaries start between £18,00 and £22,000 a year, More experienced professionals can earn between £23,000 and £30,000. With progression to a senior role you could earn over £40,000
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