Engineering maintenance fitter

Engineering maintenance fitters install, service and repair engineering machinery and equipment.

What does an engineering maintenance fitter do?

Engineering maintenance fitters service and repair machinery and equipment in a range of industries, including manufacturing equipment in factories and on production lines; transport equipment and machinery; office and laboratory equipment; aircraft maintenance equipment; as well as utilities and building services, such as lifts and escalators.

The role might involve working on mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic and computerised systems to guard against production delays or shut-down of systems. The job would fall into one of two areas: preventative (planned) maintenance, and emergency maintenance.

What do I need to do to become an engineering maintenance fitter?

You’ll need to be good with your hands, able to follow technical plans and be as good at working in a team as on your own. If you enjoy practical work, and you are good at solving problems, this could be an ideal job for you. You can get into this career through an apprenticeship scheme or by taking engineering qualifications at college.

Related skills

  • Ability to understand technical plans
  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Time management

Academic route

  • GCSEs (A-C) in subjects such as English, maths, science and technology

Vocational route

  • Level 2 certificate in mechanical engineering
  • Level 2 certificate in electrical and electronic engineering technology
  • Level 2 diploma in maintenance engineering technology
  • Level 3 diploma in engineering

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

Your main opportunities would be with engineering, production and manufacturing companies. You could also find vacancies with multinational companies, particularly in EU countries, the USA, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

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