Wednesday, 22nd November 2017
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MAINTENANCE ENGINEER

Maintenance engineering is a vital process in manufacturing industries, where engineers will plan and implement the routine checking and repair of electrical equipment and machinery. Maintenance engineers are responsible for the efficiency and functionality of all types of technology used in the manufacturing industries. They must regularly monitor and check the condition of the equipment, either remotely using computerised software, or by working on site.

Checking electrical equipment might be pre-emptive and routine, or an engineer could be called out in an emergency.

Maintenance engineers can work in different areas, including general manufacture, production or in transport. Their work is vital for the straightforward development of technology and in improving existing facilities for better efficiency.

Typical tasks of a maintenance engineer might include some of the following:

  • Planning a routine servicing schedule for different products
  • Organising the workload between the team
  • Checking equipment and machinery, either on site or remotely
  • Fixing fault and fitting new parts
  • Inspecting machinery and creating an evaluation
  • Responding to emergency breakdowns
  • Liaising with clients and project managers
  • Monitoring maintenance costs and instruments

The work of a maintenance engineer is quite hands-on, combining mechanical, technological, hydraulic and electrical skills. Therefore, the working day can be quite varied and requires engineers with a selection of practical skills and capabilities. In emergencies, maintenance engineers will be relied upon for their quick decision-making and effective solutions.