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Become A Maintenance Engineer

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Working As A Maintenance Engineer

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $72,434

    Average Salary

What Does A Maintenance Engineer Do

A Maintenance Engineer is responsible for ensuring that industrial machinery and equipment runs smoothly and reliably. They help minimize downtime and failure rates and maximize equipment productivity.

How To Become A Maintenance Engineer

Jobs in this field typically do not require any formal education beyond high school. General maintenance and repair workers often learn their skills on the job. They start by doing simple tasks and watching and learning from skilled maintenance workers.

Education

Many maintenance and repair workers learn some basic skills in high school shop or technical education classes, postsecondary trade or vocational schools, or community colleges.

Courses in mechanical drawing, electricity, woodworking, blueprint reading, mathematics, and computers are useful. Maintenance and repair workers often do work that involves electrical, plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning systems or painting and roofing tasks. Workers need a good working knowledge of many repair and maintenance tasks.

Practical training, available at many adult education centers and community colleges, is another option for workers to learn tasks such as drywall repair and basic plumbing.

Training

General maintenance and repair workers usually start by watching and learning from skilled maintenance workers. They begin by doing simple tasks, such as fixing leaky faucets and replacing lightbulbs. After gaining experience, general maintenance and repair workers move on to more difficult tasks, such as overhauling machinery or building walls.

Some general maintenance and repair workers learn their skills by assisting other types of repair or construction workers, including machinery repairers, carpenters, or electricians.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensing requirements vary by state and locality. For more complex tasks, workers may need to be licensed in a particular specialty, such as electrical or plumbing work.

Advancement

Some maintenance and repair workers decide to train in one specific craft and become craftworkers, such as electricians, heating and air-conditioning mechanics, or plumbers.

Other maintenance workers eventually open their own repair or contracting business. However, those who want to become a project manager or own their own business may need some postsecondary education or a degree in construction management. For more information, see the profile on construction managers.

Within small organizations, promotion opportunities may be limited.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. These workers interact with customers on a regular basis. They need to be friendly and able to address customers’ questions.

Dexterity. Many repair and maintenance tasks, such as repairing small devices, connecting or attaching components, and using hand tools, require a steady hand and good hand–eye coordination.

Troubleshooting skills. Workers find, diagnose, and repair problems. They perform tests to figure out the cause of problems before fixing equipment.

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Maintenance Engineer Demographic

Gender

  • Male

    90.7%
  • Female

    6.9%
  • Unknown

    2.3%

Ethnicity

  • White

    71.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    13.5%
  • Asian

    9.5%
  • Unknown

    4.0%
  • Black or African American

    1.2%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    51.9%
  • Arabic

    10.7%
  • French

    6.2%
  • Carrier

    5.5%
  • Hindi

    4.5%
  • Chinese

    3.1%
  • Russian

    2.4%
  • German

    2.4%
  • Mandarin

    2.1%
  • Italian

    1.7%
  • Portuguese

    1.4%
  • Japanese

    1.4%
  • Korean

    1.0%
  • Urdu

    1.0%
  • Tagalog

    1.0%
  • Cherokee

    0.7%
  • Gujarati

    0.7%
  • Bengali

    0.7%
  • Tamil

    0.7%
  • Malayalam

    0.7%
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Real Maintenance Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Software Maintenance Engineer EPAM Systems, Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 18, 2016 $120,349
Lead Software Maintenance Engineer EPAM Systems, Inc. Mountain View, CA Dec 14, 2016 $120,349
Maintenance Engineer Gateway Packaging Company LLC Granite City, IL Jul 20, 2013 $112,500
S64E Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Siller Helicopters Inc. Yuba City, CA Nov 04, 2016 $111,342
S64E Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Siller Helicopters Inc. Yuba City, CA Sep 23, 2016 $111,342
Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Sia Engineering (USA) Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 08, 2016 $106,800
Area Maintenance Engineer CDI Corporation Saint Gabriel, LA Nov 04, 2016 $105,894
Maintenance Engineer National Cement Company of California, Inc. Lebec, CA Sep 11, 2016 $105,851
Maintenance Engineer Tier3 Dialogic, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 24, 2015 $102,606
Maintenance Engineer Occidental Petroleum Corporation Tupman, CA Oct 27, 2014 $99,000
S64E Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Siller Helicopters, Inc. Yuba City, CA Oct 01, 2015 $96,720 -
$111,342
Equipment Maintenance Engineer Polar Semiconductor, LLC Bloomington, MN Jul 28, 2014 $80,000
Lead Software Maintenance Engineer EPAM Systems, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 09, 2016 $80,000 -
$110,000
Maintenance Engineer Sys-Con, LLC Montgomery, AL Jan 09, 2016 $80,000
Maintenance Engineer Ternium USA, Inc. Shreveport, LA Aug 28, 2014 $79,524
Maintenance Engineer Engineered Glass Products LLC Chicago, IL Aug 09, 2016 $77,800
Line Maintenance Engineer Societe Air France Sterling, VA Sep 26, 2016 $77,191
Maintenance Engineer Logoplaste Plainfield LLC Plainfield, IL Sep 30, 2015 $63,710
Maintenance Engineer Ellwood Rose MacHine, Co. Houston, TX Sep 29, 2013 $63,606 -
$81,806
Maintenance Engineer St. Christopher Church West Covina, CA Feb 28, 2013 $63,257
Maintenance Engineer Logoplaste Plainfield LLC Plainfield, IL Apr 16, 2015 $62,986
Mechanical Maintenance Engineer Garlock Printing and Converting Corp. Gardner, MA Sep 30, 2015 $62,899 -
$90,938
Operations & Maintenance Engineer Cintra Us Services, L.L.C. Austin, TX Aug 23, 2015 $62,860

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Top Skills for A Maintenance Engineer

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Top Maintenance Engineer Skills

  1. Hvac
  2. Safety
  3. Preventive Maintenance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Perform a variety of repair and maintenance tasks including carpentry, plumbing, electric, painting, HVAC and refrigeration.
  • Coordinate department operations with Corporate Headquarters, Quality, Safety, Environmental and Plant Management.
  • Planned and executed preventive maintenance schedule to support production team.
  • Maintained any equipment within the facility.
  • Developed complex preventive and corrective maintenance procedures, resulting in more efficiency by decreasing equipment downtime.

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