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Engineering Maintenance Technician Jobs

Engineering maintenance technician jobs… did you know?

How confident are you at putting your old SIM card into a new phone? Do you know how to turn the heating up or down where you live? It’s not exactly engineering maintenance, but it’s a start because it shows you are not afraid of working with your hands to make equipment run properly.

There’s strong demand for engineering technicians who can install, maintain and repair machinery and equipment. It’s a good way to get into engineering without a degree, and your job could even take you overseas. You could work with anything from office equipment and computers to laboratory equipment and aircraft, depending on your employer.

Whatever your background is, this role could lead to a chain reaction of job opportunities and promotions resulting in a bright future. Engineer your own success!

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How much money can you make as an engineering maintenance technician?

£18,000 – £40,000 (UK average)

Recent labour market information says you can earn on average between £18,000 and £40,000 a year as an engineering maintenance technician in the UK.

Your starting salary can vary because of factors like level of experience, training, or location. Your salary as an engineering maintenance technician will increase over time as you build skills, knowledge and experience.

What entry qualifications and training do you need for this job?

School, college and training

Normally you’ll get started with an Advanced Apprenticeship – that’s what a lot of engineering maintenance technicians do.

To successfully apply for a relevant apprenticeship, you’ll usually need four or five GCSEs or their equivalent. The subjects should include English, maths and either science or technology. It’s not essential to study both science and technology but it would help open up even more career options. Check with your local provider to see what qualifications you need.

Before taking on an apprenticeship you could also first study full-time for a level 3 qualification like an A-level, BTEC National Diploma or certificate, or a City & Guilds awards.

Apprenticeships

With an apprenticeship (or advanced apprenticeship) you’ll have a paid job with an employer that includes structured training and learning. This training leads to an official qualification that’s recognised by employers as an industry standard.

You can seek out engineering apprenticeships with organisations like Find an Apprenticeship.

Career progression

After you’ve done an Advanced Apprenticeship you can go on to do a Level 4 Advanced Engineering Higher Apprenticeship (e.g. in manufacturing engineering). You can also train for further engineering qualifications like a Higher National Certificate (HNC), a foundation degree or a degree.

You can be given more responsibilities over time, as you get to know the ins and outs of engineering maintenance. With time and experience you can become a qualified engineer specialising in your chosen area (e.g. electrical or mechanical engineering). You could become a team leader, supervisor or manager.

You could also move into technical sales roles and contract management.

What experience do you need for engineering maintenance technician jobs?

Work experience

To become an engineering maintenance technician it will help you to have previous experience of working with equipment and/or technology. This will help you demonstrate to employers that you have a genuine interest in engineering and technology and are motivated to do your job.

Aim to get relevant work experience to build your CV as early as you can. This can involve:

  • Jobs, work experience or placements in anywhere from an office to a factory (if you’re the one they come to when the office printer is broken, you could be perfect for this job)
  • Offering to fix broken equipment for friends and family, whether it’s a jammed home office printer or a lawnmower that just needs a tweak to get it working again.

Examples of relevant work experience include:

  • Work shadowing (even if it’s just for a day)
  • Work placements in a company
  • Work placements on a college or university course

Volunteering

Look for volunteering opportunities where you can operate equipment, if you’re allowed to, or work with your hands.

Volunteer with projects where you can explore your technical and practical skills, especially in the world of engineering and manufacturing.

Extra-curricular activities

If you enjoy fiddling with things like mobile phones and equipment settings to get them just right, you could really enjoy this job!

Any hobbies or pastimes that involve you working with your hands suggest you might enjoy this job. Yes, that includes crafting and knitting and sewing. Crafting, DIY, going under the bonnet of a car… it’s all about working with your hands to operate equipment.

If you enjoy solving puzzles in anything from whodunnit thrillers to video games, you could have the sort of problem-solving skills that are really useful for an engineering career.

What skills do you need for engineering maintenance technician jobs?

What life and work skills do you need?

Useful skills to highlight to your employer when applying for jobs like this one include:

  • Technical and practical skills
  • Maths, science and IT skills – and a willingness to learn
  • Being able to understanding engineering drawings and blueprints (this comes with training)
  • Problem solving skills

Vocational qualifications and work experience will help you build these skills over time.

Start building these skills right now – sign up for free Young Professional training.

What does an engineering maintenance technician do?

Knowing a little more about engineering maintenance will help you show employers that you understand what this job is about. It can also help you decide if it’s right for you.

Example job responsibilities:

  • Keeping equipment in tip-top shape so that it does its job and is safe to use.
  • Keeping to a schedule for safety checks so that you can spot problems before they become serious
  • Talking to people who use equipment regularly about how they can do their own maintenance (e.g. oiling machines)
  • Checking instruments to make sure they’re accurate
  • Replacing worn-out parts or letting teams of fitters know that it’s time for them to replace or repair parts
  • Carrying out emergency repair services when needed

Because the work you do can be so varied, you are likely to build up a good working knowledge of all kinds of different areas of engineering. These include mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering. That’s why being an engineering maintenance technician is a great role for discovering what you like most about engineering and specialising in your favourite areas once you gain more experience.

Your first steps into engineering maintenance technician jobs

To find jobs for young people in this role, search on job boards for engineering maintenance jobs with these words in the title:

  • Engineering maintenance technician
  • Repair/maintenance technician
  • Engineering technician apprentice
  • Apprentice maintenance technician
  • Apprentice maintenance engineer

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