In ordinary terms "maintenance" refers to the set of activities or actions carried out in order to maximize the performance of equipments and prevent breakdown or losses incurred from failures. This branch of engineering applies the concepts to deal with the better maintainability, efficiency and reliability of machinery & equipments. Maintenance engineers play a crucial role in the development and progress of manufacturing industries with the increasing usage of equipments, machineries and infrastructure. Being a maintenance engineer requires expertise and is best suited for those who enjoy using theoretical learning in a practical context, are passionate about solving complex problems and interested in providing excellence in service delivery.Maintenance engineers may work in a wide variety of work environment, for example, at an on-site production/ manufacturing business, shut-down maintenance work for engineering or manufacturing companies or in making machinery adjustments to meet production needs. In order to ensure that workplace machines are running smoothly, they either perform preventive maintenance or emergency maintenance duties. Preventive maintenance involves periodic or scheduled inspections that reduces the chances of unanticipated breakdowns whereas emergency maintenance involves activities performed after an equipment has failed and not functional anymore.Some of the broad work responsibilities undertaken by a maintenance engineer are:
- Ensuring equipments and machinery are properly designed , selected and installed
- Conducting periodic inspections
- Analyzing equipment failures and reviewing for corrective maintenance
- Providing consultation to maintenance technicians
- Developing standards and procedures for maintenance jobs
- Estimating costs, forecast of spare parts, stocks
- Optimizing maintenance strategies
- Assessing and reporting safety hazards for equipment maintenance
Salaries and Job Outlook*
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Maintenance engineers are required in most industries, services or manufacturing. Service industries such as hospitals, banks, transport need maintenance engineers for their regular servicing, repairs, overhaul and inspection. Manufacturing industries like automotive, electronics and petrochemical largely depend upon these engineers to keep their systems in working order. Jobs are aplenty in these areas as well as aviation for aircraft maintenance.The remuneration for these engineers is attractive especially for technicians with experience and added responsibilities in senior positions. The average salary for maintenance engineers is in the range of INR 3.2 lacs p.a to 3.5 lacs p.a.
Education and Training
Maintenance engineers generally have a bachelor's degree in engineering or applied science. Having a formal certification is not mandatory, as one can start with an internship with an engineering or manufacturing company and obtain necessary trainings. Maintenance engineers must stay up-to-date with new technology through continuous education that may eventually help in career development.Gaining related work experience or professional training may be a pre requisite by some employers of certain industries such as construction or aviation.
Valued Traits & Abilities
The role of maintenance engineers cannot be undervalued in today's extreme complex environment where time and cost are critical factors. Maintenance engineers may find employment typically in industries related to service and manufacturing. Production and transportation industries, local authorities, civil, or military aircraft are also potential employers. Maintenance engineers may start their careers as technicians and with experience get promoted to higher positions on the basis of one's ability, application and dedication. Self-employment and contractual employment are also feasible and attractive options.
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer
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Health and Safety Inspector
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