Maintenance engineering

Maintenance engineers keep New Zealand industries' plant and equipment up-and-running - 365 days a year.

Careers information

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What does it involve?

Maintenance engineers maintain machinery so it is reliable on the production line (usually within a manufacturing environment). Maintenance engineers typically have a planned approach to maintenance, involving computerised maintenance systems and condition monitoring, where the work may require a broad variety of engineering skills and knowledge.

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Typical day

Normally an 8 hour day; sometimes working longer may be required. Work can include installing and maintaining machinery, shutting down maintenance work (e.g. engineering, manufacturing, mining industries), making adjustments to meet production requirements, monitoring equipment condition, diagnosis and fault finding. You will usually be working onsite at a production/manufacturing business.

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How could I get into the industry

Does this sound like you?

Study areas

Attributes Helpful experience Preferred work environments
  • English or Media or History
  • Maths or Accounting or Economics
  • Sciences or Workshop Technologies
  • Computing / ICT / Information Management
  • Good at precision work
  • Good literacy and numeracy
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good work habits / time management
 

 

  • Analysing, researching or problem solving
  • Making or fixing things
  • Working with machinery
  • Working with computers

 

 
  • Inside (workshop or plant)
  • Outside (outdoors
  • Different places from time to time
 

How much could I earn?

  • 2 years experience

    $42k - $52k

  • 5 years experience

    $53k- $80k

Career pathway

School Entry level jobs Advancing jobs Senior jobs
 

Ideally, NCEA Level 2 passes in:

  • Maths
  • Science (Physics)
  • Technology (Metal Work)
  • English
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Machine Building and Installation Engineer
  • Fluid Power Technician
  • Specialist Fabricator
  • Supervisor
  • Leading Hand
  • Workshop Supervisor
  • Welding Supervisor
  • Foreman
  • Site Supervisor
  • Business Manager
  • Business Owner
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