Job type

Lift engineer

£19k - £40k

Typical salary

37 – 44

Hours per week

Lift engineers install, service and repair lifts and escalators.

More info

  • Fit, maintain and repair lifts in buildings
  • You'll spend time travelling to jobs in different areas
  • Opportunities to move into management or other technical and engineering roles

As a lift engineer, you'll solve faults with lifts, as well as fitting them and checking they are in working order.


  • Carrying out routine checks
  • Isolating problems and making repairs
  • Responding to emergency breakdown call-outs
  • Installing and fitting out lifts, lifting gear and lift wells
  • Demonstrating new equipment to clients
  • Refurbishing or replacing lift interiors, flooring, panel displays, communication systems, buttons and lighting
  • Updating written and computerised work records
  • Making sure equipment meets health and safety regulations
  • Producing risk assessment reports and legal and insurance documents


Your working environment can be cramped, hot or dirty, and you'll travel often.

You'll need

For this role, you'll need the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools, knowledge of building and construction, customer service skills, thoroughness and attention to detail, analytical thinking skills, persistence and determination, and the ability to work alone and remain calm in stressful situations.

You can apply directly to employers if you've got relevant qualifications and experience in electrical or mechanical engineering.

You could do a college course, which would teach you relevant skills and knowledge needed for this job. Courses include a Level 3 Diploma in Maintenance Engineering Technology, Level 3 Diploma in Building Services Engineering, and Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Lift Engineering.

You could do a lift and escalator electromechanic advanced apprenticeship.


With experience, you could move into supervisory management, technical sales or general engineering. You could also use your skills to move into other industries, like manufacturing, engineering construction or safety inspection, either within a company or as a freelance contractor.