Maintenance Engineer

Being at the frontline of an engineering plant and dealing with all equipment maintenance is a large task for the right person

As a maintenance engineer you will be responsible for the continuous running of equipment and machinery. You will use computerised systems to oversee routine maintenance and organise repairs.

Maintenance engineers are also involved in control and monitoring devices and occasionally in the manufacture of items that will help in maintenance.

They play a vital role in the efficiency, development and progress of manufacturing and processing industries.

Maintenance engineers collaborate with other professionals to improve production facilities, reduce the incidence of costly breakdowns, and develop strategies to improve overall reliability and safety of plant, personnel and production processes.


Responsibilities and tasks vary from role-to-role, but you may typically be involved in:

  • designing maintenance strategies, procedures, and methods
  • conducting routine scheduled maintenance work and responding to equipment faults
  • diagnosing breakdown problems
  • fitting new parts and making sure equipment is working correctly
  • conducting quality inspections on jobs
  • consulting with client departments, customers and other engineering and production colleagues
  • arranging specialist procurement of fixtures, fittings, or components
  • controlling maintenance tools, stores, and equipment
  • monitoring and controlling maintenance costs
  • dealing with emergencies, unplanned problems, and repairs
  • improving health and safety policies and procedures
  • collaborating with specialist equipment, such as programmable logic controllers (PLC), which control machinery on factory assembly lines
  • writing maintenance strategies to help with installation and commissioning guidelines
  • ensuring there is continuous cover of the machinery and equipment in case of breakdowns.
Modern ApprenticeshipsMA ApplicationsMaintenance Engineer MA