Maintenance engineers are in charge of resolving and preventing technical issues while communicating properly with other workers and clients in the organization. Most maintenance engineers are part of a big team that deals with making sure that all equipment used by their company is working correctly and up to standards. Moreover, they are required to strictly follow their organization's safety standards and regulations, and lead the way in preventing accidents in the workplace.
Maintenance engineers need to communicate effectively with other individuals and teams to achieve goals in a timely manner. One of their main responsibilities is to design efficient strategies to fix equipment failures. In addition, most maintenance engineers focus their efforts on maintenance preventive plans and train other employees to follow specific guidelines to avoid any future problems. They gather important data to use in future equipment, and create and oversee training implementations to ensure maximum safety, efficiency and productivity.
Most maintenance engineers work both in an office setting planning and documenting their progress, and outdoors or at a plant revising equipment and gathering crucial information. Their main tools are generally a personal computer with complex and proprietary software for data collection and reports analysis. While outdoors, their main instruments are hardware, hand and power tools for ensuring proper equipment performance.
Most maintenance engineers deliver progress reports to a maintenance supervisor or manager in their department. Their regular schedule can be varied and overtime is frequently necessary to successfully tackle all the priorities. A four year degree at an university is usually needed for this kind of position; engineering certifications and years of field experience are also usually a plus.
Maintenance Engineer Tasks
- Inspects and diagnoses machine malfunctions.
- Repairs and replaces defective machines or equipment.
- Uses a wide variety of tools and equipment to ensure proper maintenance of machines.
- Record and document type and cost of repair work needed.