16 Nov Signs a Career as a Maintenance Engineer is for You
A Maintenance Engineer is responsible for the continuous running of equipment and machinery in industrial and/or commercial settings. Working with other professionals, you’ll improve facilities, reduce the incidence of costly breakdowns and develop strategies to improve overall reliability and safety. Here are the signs you’d make a good maintenance engineer:
- the capacity to understand a range of engineering functions and procedures
- the ability to manage budgets
- teamworking skills to work cooperatively and liaise with people at all levels
- good diagnostic and problem-solving skills
- the confidence to work effectively under pressure
- people-management skills.
You want to…
- design maintenance strategies and procedures
- carry out routine maintenance work and respond to equipment faults
- diagnose breakdown problems
- fit new parts and ensure equipment is working correctly
- carry out quality inspections
- liaise with customers and engineering and production colleagues
- arrange specialist procurement of fixtures, fittings or components
- monitor and control maintenance costs
- improve health and safety policies and procedures
- work with specialist equipment, such as programmable logic controllers (PLC), which control machinery on factory assembly lines.
You don’t mind…
- Occasional unsociable hours to coordinate with other professionals
- Working to a deadline
- Working in a noisy environment
- A low ratio of women to men in the field.
While a degree in engineering is not essential, an undergraduate qualification in one of the following areas may be advantageous:
- electrical and electronic engineering
- manufacturing engineering
- mechanical engineering
- production engineering.
Alternative routes into this career include a Higher National Diploma in engineering or manufacturing and apprenticeships.
Work experience is highly valuable in providing you with the relevant skills and knowledge necessary to carry out the job effectively.
Search all maintenance engineering jobs on our vacancies page.
Article source: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/maintenance-engineer