What does a Maintenance Engineer do?

Maintenance engineers are certified to install, troubleshoot, and repair specific equipment types by utilizing industrial technology; they diagnose equipment failures and use specialized training to restore broken or malfunctioning equipment to operational status. Maintenance engineers sometimes act as fitters, maintenance technicians, and maintenance schedulers. Their responsibility level and expertise often depend upon their workplace. Maintenance engineers optimize asset reliability by implementing advanced proactive strategies and performing electoral and efficient mechanical repairs on equipment to decrease work or downtime gaps.

Maintenance engineers install and maintain the equipment used in aviation, and the medical and manufacturing industries and perform routine maintenance, troubleshoot issues, and perform on-site repairs. They travel to client locations to inspect and remove outdated equipment and oversee the installation of new machines or equipment. They provide technical support and training for new equipment and respond to customer calls. Maintenance engineers need a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or electrical engineering and knowledge of EPA and OSHA guidelines.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Maintenance Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$60,547 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
See More Insights
Median: $61K
See More Insights
Glassdoor Estimated Salary

Maintenance Engineer Career Path

Learn how to become a Maintenance Engineer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Maintenance Engineer
See Career Path

Maintenance Engineer Insights

Read what Maintenance Engineer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Oxy VinylsOxy Vinyls
Maintenance Engineer
Jan 27, 2021

“Good place to start your career and get a few years of experience then disappear to the better one.”

Facility Engineer
Sep 15, 2021

“But I feel JLL is great as I had great seniors to were really helpful and I've enjoyed my time here.”

Central CoalfieldsCentral Coalfields
Electrical Maintenance Engineer ()
Dec 6, 2020

“Government job means there's a job security this is the only thing which is good.”

City of Los AngelesCity of Los Angeles
Irrigation Specialist
Aug 12, 2020

“It's a great career to have and to be able to work with different kinds of people and do irrigation.”

Maintenance Engineer
Jan 29, 2021

“good pay and hr is helpfull”

MMACH DesignMMACH Design
Hotel Maintenance
May 22, 2021

“Better opportunities and exposure to work and career development.”

The Catholic University of AmericaThe Catholic University of America
Maintenance Engineer
Jan 29, 2020

“I really don’t have anything to say about the CONS”because I like working and enjoy working at “Catholic University.”

PJB Group
Boiler Operator
Aug 2, 2021

“Good good good good good”

See More

Maintenance Engineer Interviews

Related Careers

Maintenance Technician
No skills overlap
Maintenance Manager
No skills overlap
Maintenance Mechanic
13% skills overlap
No skills overlap

Maintenance Engineer Jobs

Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a maintenance engineer

When working as a maintenance engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Bachelors of Arts, Excellent Communication, Releases, Microsoft Office, and Powerpoint.

The most similar professions to maintenance engineer are:
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Maintenance Manager
  • Maintenance Mechanic
  • Mechanic

The most common qualifications to become a maintenance engineer include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.