If you want to combine your practical abilities with technical knowledge in a material building or automated logistic business, the role of maintenance engineer might be quite fulfilling for you. Being a maintenance engineer, generally, your core duty is to ensure the industrial machinery and equipment runs smoothly and reliably. Your typical duties may include designing, developing, or troubleshooting equipment, assigning work orders to staff, and performing preventive and maintenance work within company specifications.
The majority of maintenance engineers work in construction or production facilities. However, they may find work in hospitals, universities, public schools, companies, local or federal government.
As a maintenance engineer, your working environment may also be diverse. Sometime of the day, you may work onsite at construction sites and other work in an office or warehouse. Typically you may work 40 hours a week. Shifts or on-call may come in some cases to complete the deadlines or handle maintenance issues.
There are several routes to get into the maintenance engineer career. If you're a graduate, typically, you may need a bachelor's degree in mechanical, electrical, or a relevant engineering discipline. However, if you're a school leaver, you may still enter the profession with an apprenticeship in manufacturing or mechanical engineering. To be successful, you must have extensive knowledge of industrial equipment, troubleshooting, and repair equipment.
By handling the equipment maintenance, you may earn an average annual salary of $61,000 along with health benefits packages, vacation and sick leave, and pension plans. What's more, with few years of experience you may move to the areas of technical sales or maintenance team management.