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Working As A Shift Engineer

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $41,823

    Average Salary

What Does A Shift Engineer Do

General maintenance and repair workers fix and maintain machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings. They paint, repair flooring, and work on plumbing, electrical, and air-conditioning and heating systems.

Duties

General maintenance and repair workers typically do the following:

  • Maintain and repair machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings
  • Fix or replace faulty electrical switches, outlets, and circuit breakers
  • Inspect and diagnose problems and figure out the best way to correct them
  • Perform routine preventive maintenance to ensure that machines continue to run smoothly
  • Assemble and set up machinery or equipment
  • Plan repair work using blueprints or diagrams
  • Do general cleaning and upkeep of buildings and properties
  • Order supplies from catalogs and storerooms
  • Meet with clients to estimate repairs and costs
  • Keep detailed records of their work

General maintenance and repair workers are hired for maintenance and repair tasks that are not complex enough to need the specialized training of a licensed tradesperson, such as a plumber or electrician.

These workers are also responsible for recognizing when a job is above their skill level and requires the expertise of an electrician; a carpenter; a heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanic or installer; or a plumber, pipefitter, or steamfitter.

General maintenance and repair workers may fix plaster or drywall. They may fix or paint roofs, windows, doors, floors, woodwork, and other parts of buildings.

They also maintain and repair specialized equipment and machinery in cafeterias, laundries, hospitals, stores, offices, and factories.

General maintenance and repair workers get supplies and repair parts from distributors or storerooms to fix problems. They use common hand and power tools, such as screwdrivers, saws, drills, wrenches, and hammers to fix, replace, or repair equipment and parts of buildings.

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How To Become A Shift 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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Shift Engineer Career Paths

Shift Engineer
Maintenance Engineer Maintenance Supervisor Building Engineer
Assistant Chief Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Engineer Building Engineer
Chief Building Engineer
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineering Technician Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Engineer Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Engineer Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Assistant Chief Engineer Chief Engineer Maintenance Director
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Operations Engineer Quality Engineer Electrical Engineer
Electrical Supervisor
8 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Chief Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Engineer Operations Manager Property Manager
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Engineering Supervisor Maintenance Manager Hvac Technician
Lead Hvac Technician
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Lead Technician Shop Foreman
Lead Mechanic
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Field Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Technical Manager Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Lead Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Chief Engineer Project Manager Owner/Operator
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Senior Consultant Senior Technologist
Master Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Mechanical Technician
Mechanics Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Engineer Project Engineer
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer General Manager Maintenance Technician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
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Shift Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

91.6%

Female

6.3%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

68.3%

Hispanic or Latino

11.7%

Asian

11.6%

Unknown

7.1%

Black or African American

1.3%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.5%

Arabic

12.5%

Portuguese

6.3%

Welsh

6.3%

Amharic

6.3%

Gujarati

6.3%

Carrier

6.3%

Hindi

6.3%

Tagalog

6.3%

Korean

6.3%
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Shift Engineer Education

Schools

Old Dominion University

15.5%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

12.1%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

5.2%

Delgado Community College

5.2%

Colorado Technical University

5.2%

Montgomery College

5.2%

Auburn University

5.2%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

5.2%

Chippewa Valley Technical College

3.4%

Idaho State University

3.4%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

3.4%

Arizona State University

3.4%

Hudson County Community College

3.4%

Harvard University

3.4%

Essex County College

3.4%

Wayne State University

3.4%

University of Idaho

3.4%

Brigham Young University

3.4%

College of William and Mary

3.4%

University of Toledo

3.4%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

19.1%

Electrical Engineering

11.8%

Business

10.3%

Chemical Engineering

9.5%

Heating And Air Conditioning

8.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

5.3%

Engineering

5.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.1%

Property Management

3.1%

Industrial Technology

3.1%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.1%

Management

2.7%

Nuclear Engineering

2.7%

Education

2.7%

Materials Science And Engineering

1.9%

Civil Engineering

1.9%

Computer Engineering

1.5%

Project Management

1.5%

Industrial Engineering

1.5%

Parks And Recreation Management

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.5%

Other

29.7%

Masters

19.5%

Associate

6.3%

Certificate

6.0%

Diploma

2.4%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.6%
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Real Shift Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Dry Etch Shift Engineer Im Flash Technologies, LLC Lehi, UT Dec 19, 2009 $95,475
E3 CMP Shift Engineer Im Flash Technologies, LLC Lehi, UT May 14, 2015 $92,773
Lead Shift Engineer, Manufacturing Operations Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Oct 11, 2016 $91,284 -
$140,000
Dry Etch Shift Engineer Im Flash Technologies, LLC Lehi, UT Nov 01, 2010 $89,326
Shift Engineer Im Flash Technologies, LLC Lehi, UT Aug 22, 2016 $86,230
Shift Engineer-Supervisor Im Flash Technologies, LLC Lehi, UT Sep 10, 2013 $86,119
Shift Engineer-Supervisor Im Flash Technologies, LLC Lehi, UT Jan 26, 2013 $86,119
Shift Engineer-Supervisor Im Flash Technologies, LLC Lehi, UT Mar 13, 2013 $86,119
CVD Shift Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Manassas, VA Sep 13, 2014 $84,490
E3 CMP Shift Engineer Im Flash Technologies, LLC Lehi, UT Nov 01, 2013 $83,273
E3 CMP Shift Engineer Im Flash Technologies, LLC Lehi, UT Nov 15, 2013 $83,273
CVD Shift Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Manassas, VA Aug 08, 2015 $75,500
CVD Shift Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Manassas, VA Sep 01, 2015 $75,500
Diffusion Shift Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Manassas, VA Nov 13, 2009 $75,430
Shift Engineer, Metrology Im Flash Technologies, LLC Lehi, UT Dec 13, 2010 $75,000
Shift Engineer Im Flash Technologies, LLC Lehi, UT Aug 17, 2015 $75,000
Shift Engineer-Industrial Jindal Saw USA, LLC Baytown, TX Jan 14, 2015 $73,154
Shift Engineer-Industrial Jindal Saw USA LLC Baytown, TX Nov 03, 2015 $73,100
Metrology Shift Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Manassas, VA Aug 15, 2014 $73,000
Shift Engineer-Process Im Flash Technologies, LLC Lehi, UT Jan 02, 2013 $71,500
Photo Shift Engineer Im Flash Technologies, LLC Lehi, UT Dec 03, 2013 $71,500
Dry Etch Shift Engineer Im Flash Technologies, LLC Lehi, UT May 24, 2013 $71,200
CVD Shift Engineer Im Flash Technologies, LLC Lehi, UT Oct 01, 2013 $70,500
Shift Engineer-Dry Etch Im Flash Technologies, LLC Lehi, UT Sep 10, 2013 $70,000
CMP Shift Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Manassas, VA Nov 05, 2010 $70,000
Shift Engineer-Dry Etch Im Flash Technologies, LLC Lehi, UT Mar 13, 2013 $70,000
Shift Engineer Im Flash Technologies, LLC Lehi, UT Jul 15, 2013 $69,500

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Top Skills for A Shift Engineer

PreventiveMaintenanceLifeSafetyBoilersCentrifugalChillersFacilityHvacSteamTurbineEmergencyGeneratorAirCompressorsTurbineGeneratorMWPlantOperationsRoutineControlRoomLaundryEquipmentNavalReactorsWaterTreatmentCorrectiveActionTroubleShootingWaterPumps

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Top Shift Engineer Skills

  1. Preventive Maintenance
  2. Life Safety
  3. Boilers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Monitored, maintained and performed preventive maintenance repairs on all plant equipment.
  • Worked with vendors performing testing of life safety systems.
  • Performed start up of natural gas supply pipeline, pressure reducing stations and related equipment on dual fuel high pressure boilers.
  • Operate 11 electric and 2 condensing steam turbine driven centrifugal chillers, 3 absorption machines, and related equipment.
  • Perform housekeeping throughout the facility.

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