Engineering maintenance fitters install, service and repair industrial machinery and equipment.
- Your work will involve working on a breakdown of a part say in a factory
- You will replace parts that have broken
- There is a lot of fault-finding in this work
- If the spare parts are not available, you will make the part to fix the repair in a workshop
You will work for employers as an engineering maintenance fitter working in factories who manufacture products such as motor vehicles and engines, construction and food.
Your will work as part of a team, mainly indoors such as factories, warehouses and large plant sites, keeping all the machinery in good working order and helping to keep everything moving and producing the products they are required to produce.
40-42 hours a week. You could work evenings, weekends and bank holidays on shift work rotas.
Salary: New workers start around £16,794. Normal pay is £28,879 per year.
Predicted trends -10.5% leading to: 19,961 fewer jobs by 2027.
You could start as an engineering operative or trainee craftsperson and do training on the job to become a fitter. Most employers will ask for a minimum of 2 or more GCSEs at Grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent to access a Level 2 course. However, some employers may be more flexible and look at your practical abilities. You could also apply for an apprenticeship. If you have an EHCP you may be able to apply under the DfE exemption which allows the apprentice to use Entry Level 3 English and Maths qualifications. The apprentice would have to be competent enough to successfully achieve all other aspects of the apprenticeship requirements, become occupationally competent and achieve Entry Level 3 in English and Maths before the end of their apprenticeship.