- Install, service and repair equipment and machinery
- Practical, hands-on work requiring good problem solving skills
- With further training, progress into technician or engineering roles
- Installing pipework, valves, pumps and motors
- Carrying out planned maintenance checks
- Finding and fixing faults
- Replacing worn parts and re-setting instrument controls
- Cleaning machinery
- Responding to emergency breakdowns, for example on a factory production line
As a maintenance fitter, you can work as a fitter in factories, industrial plants, transport depots and for building services companies, installing and maintaining mechanical, electrical and hydraulic systems and equipment.
For this role, you'll need the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools; thoroughness and attention to detail; the ability to both work well with others and on your own; patience under pressure; and thinking and reasoning skills.
Direct application for this job is possible, if you've got relevant qualifications and experience. This could be from mechanical engineering, pipefitting, welding or electrical work.
You could start as an engineering operative or trainee craftsperson and do training on the job to become a fitter.
You may be able to get into this job through a maintenance operations engineering intermediate or advanced apprenticeship.
You could also take a college course such as Level 2 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering, Maintenance Engineering Technology, or Fabrication and Welding Engineering Technology.
You'll need an industry safety certificate like the Client Contractor National Safety Group Safety Passport Scheme for many jobs.
You can improve your career prospects and become an engineering technician or site supervisor by training for industry qualifications on the job.