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What does a Engineering Maintenance Technician do?

Maintenance technicians are responsible for ensuring continuous running of production machinery and equipment, organising routine maintenance procedures and any carrying out necessary repairs. Maintenance technicians diagnose and correct faults in:

  • manufacturing equipment in factories and on production lines
  • transport equipment and machinery
  • office and laboratory equipment
  • telecommunications and computer equipment in non-manufacturing organisations
  • aircraft maintenance.

Technicians' work falls into one of two areas:

Planned or preventative maintenance:
  • drawing up inspection schedules
  • ensuring regular checks are carried out in accordance with schedules
  • delegating routine maintenance work to fitters
  • checking and calibrating instruments to make sure they are accurate
  • replacing parts either as required, or on a regular replacement cycle.
Emergency maintenance:
  • rostering teams or individuals to ensure that 24-hour cover is available
  • ensuring immediate reaction to emergencies
  • diagnosing problems as quickly as possible
  • liaising with production managers, informing them of progress
  • rectifying faults on site or arranging for replacement machinery or equipment to be installed.

Maintenance technicians usually specialise in one engineering discipline, but they should be familiar with the mechanical, electrical and electronic operations of the machinery they are responsible for.

What's the working environment like working as a Engineering Maintenance Technician?

Most maintenance technicians work 37 to 39 hours week, often including shifts and emergency call-out duties. Work may be indoors in a factory or production plant, or outdoors servicing equipment on a building site.

Technicians normally wear protective clothing such as overalls, hats and safety shoes or boots. They may be based at one site or may travel to different sites.

What does it take to become a Engineering Maintenance Technician?

To be an engineering maintenance technician, you should:

  • have good practical and technical skills
  • have an aptitude for maths, science and IT
  • have good communication skills
  • understand engineering drawings and principles
  • be able to work quickly
  • be able to manage a varied workload in an efficient manner
  • have good analytical skills
  • work well as part of a team
  • have initiative and be able to take responsibility
  • be aware of health and safety issues.

Engineering Maintenance Technician Career Opportunities

The main employers are engineering, production or manufacturing companies. Prospects for suitably qualified technicians are good. There is a steady demand for experienced technicians, with some opportunities to work abroad for multinational companies, particularly in EU countries, the USA, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Technicians who undertake further academic training to degree level may be able to qualify fully as an engineer in their particular area of expertise.

Opportunities may also exist in related areas such as technical sales, after-sales service or production management.

Further information

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SEMTA (Science Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
14 Upton Road
WD18 0JT
Tel: 0808 100 3682

The Engineering Careers Information Service (ECIS)

Women into Science and Engineering
22 Old Queen Street
Tel: 020 7227 8421

Engineering Training Council (Northern Ireland)
20-24 York Street
BT15 1AQ
Tel: 028 9032 9878

Engineering Council
10 Maltravers Street
Tel: 020 7240 7891

The Institution of Engineering and Technology
Savoy Place
Tel: 020 7240 1871