Engineering Maintenance Fitter Careers

How to become Engineering Maintenance Fitter

What does a Engineering Maintenance Fitter do?

Engineering maintenance fitters service and repair industrial machinery and equipment in a range of sectors including transport, manufacturing, aerospace and power. They work in factories and workshops on mechanical, electrical, electronic, hydraulic, pneumatic and computerised systems to guard against the failure of components, so avoiding production delays or shut-down.

Their work falls into one of two areas:

Planned or preventative maintenance:
  • making regular scheduled checks on machinery and parts, diagnosing and rectifying faults, and recalibrating instruments where necessary
  • regular maintenance work such as oiling, cleaning and identifying parts requiring minor refurbishment
  • carrying out scheduled replacement of parts that have reached the limit of their working life.
Emergency maintenance:
  • responding immediately to unplanned failure of systems or machinery
  • rectifying faults on site or arranging for replacement machinery to be installed.

Fitters refer to manufacturer's technical manuals and diagrams to help locate faults, and use a range of testing equipment and tools to deal with the problems.

Engineering fitters work closely with engineering technicians and shift managers. See profile for Technician: Engineering Maintenance.

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

Most maintenance fitters work 37 to 39 hours, five days a week. Shift work and overtime are common. Fitters are often on-call in case of emergency.

They can work indoors in a factory or production plant, or outdoors in all weathers, for example, repairing equipment on a building site. Fitters normally wear protective clothing such as overalls, hats and safety shoes or boots. They may be based at one site or travel to different sites.

What does it take to become a Engineering Maintenance Fitter?

To be a maintenance fitter, you need to:

  • have good practical skills for using tools
  • be good at problem solving
  • be able to understand technical manuals and engineering diagrams
  • have good communication skills
  • be able to work quickly, under pressure and to deadlines
  • be able to work on your own or as part of a team
  • have good eyesight and normal colour vision
  • be aware of health and safety issues.

Engineering Maintenance Fitter Career Opportunities

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

Maintenance fitters can work for large companies on their own premises or for suppliers of equipment carrying out contract work. With experience and further training, fitters can progress to supervisory or technician roles.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Engineering Maintenance Fitter that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

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

Facts and Stats:

  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel was only 5ft tall and wore a top hat to make himself look taller
  • Engineering generates more than 40 per cent of the UK¿s national wealth
  • The Box Hill tunnel, part of Brunel¿s Great Western Railway, took five years to dig and at two miles long was the longest tunnel in the world at the time

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