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 They travel to client locations to inspect and remove outdated equipment and oversee the installation of new machines or equipment.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.

What responsibilities are common for Maintenance Engineer jobs?
  • Perform and maintain work to local, state and Federal codes.
  • Identify, locate, and operate all shut-off valves for equipment.
  • Perform journeyman-level maintenance and repairs.
  • Assist maintenance technicians when needed.
  • Practice safe work habits, wear protective safety equipment and follow MSDS and OSHA standards.
  • Support testing of main propulsion and power generation equipment.
  • Ensure proper procedures are followed when using maintenance equipment.
  • Check design deliverables in accordance with industry codes and standards, contract requirements, and company standards.
  • Reach overhead and below the knees, including bending, twisting, pulling, and stooping.
  • Perform equipment preventive maintenance.
  • Purchase supplies, equipment and materials necessary to complete projects.
  • Analyze production data and take appropriate action for continuous improvement.
  • Ensure staff compliance with all safety/loss prevention standards and regulations.
  • Complete work order request forms on a daily and timely basis.
  • Provide status reports regarding the execution of TPM activities.
  • Personally respond to all maintenance emergencies, 24 hours a day.
  • Carry out systems troubleshooting and repair for all facilities systems.
  • May service as technical expert in a specialty field and lead the work of others.
What are the typical qualifications for Maintenance Engineer jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with PLC, CAD Software, C, and AutoCAD software and systems.
  • Fluency in inner workings of items such as ventilation systems, exhaust systems, or heaters.
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills.
  • Comfortable computing and calibrating when necessary.
  • Can assist clients with decision making by diagnosing issues and providing cost estimates.
  • Demonstrated strong work ethic and an eye for continuous improvement.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Maintenance Engineer make?

Confident
$77,201 /yr
Total Pay
$67,112
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$10,089
 /yr

Additional Pay

$77,201

 / yr
$51K$119K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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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
$77,201/yr
Senior Maintenance Engineer
$103,230/yr
Maintenance Engineer

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
11%
2 - 4
35%
5 - 7
7%
8+
47%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

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.”

Saint-GobainSaint-Gobain
Maintenance Engineer
Jan 17, 2023

“Thus far my experience is a positive one I have received training and the workforce are great to work with.”

Royal NavyRoyal Navy
Engineering Maintenance Manager
Oct 20, 2022

“The pay is good as a submariner and you get a good allowance of leave.”

JLLJLL
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.”

LittelfuseLittelfuse
Maintenance Engineer
Jan 29, 2021

“good pay and hr is helpfull”

Formosa Plastics Corporation, TexasFormosa Plastics Corporation, Texas
Mechanical Maintenance Engineer
Oct 6, 2022

“It is stable and friendly.”

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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.

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