Maintenance engineers ensure that industrial machinery and equipment runs smoothly and reliably.

Maintenance engineers undertake scheduled and breakdown maintenance of engineering equipment or plants.

Their work typically involves: 

  • Planning and undertaking scheduled maintenance
  • Responding to breakdowns
  • Diagnosing faults
  • Repairing equipment
  • Supervising engineering and technical staff
  • Managing budgets
  • Maintaining statistical and financial records
  • Ensuring compliance with health and safety legislation
  • Creating maintenance procedures
  • Managing stocks of supplies and equipment.

Generally for Maintenance engineering crew members in in manufacturing industries with continual 24-hour operation and in hospitality industry as a service, shift and ‘on-call’ work may be required . The  maintenance engineers have opportunities to move into managerial positions similarly officers and technicians too could move up in the ladder in related areas with career progression.

Typical employers of maintenance engineers

  • Manufacturing, construction and process companies (for example food and drink manufacturers)
  • Hospitality industry
  • Utilities companies
  • Local authorities
  • Government agencies
  • The armed forces
  • Research facilities
  • Consultancies

Self-employment via contract work, and occasionally consultancy, is possible for individuals with several years’ experience.

Jobs are advertised online, by careers services, by recruitment agencies, in newspapers and in relevant publications including their respective websites.