In this blog from BMR solutions we provide a detailed look into the role of a mechanical maintenance engineer, outlining responsibilities, necessary skills and salary.
What is a Mechanical Maintenance Engineer?
Firstly, you might ask ‘what is a maintenance engineer?’. In the broadest sense, maintenance engineers serve to repair and upkeep any machinery used within manufacturing, engineering and industrial contexts. Maintenance engineers are required to organise routine checks of equipment in addition to resolving faults when they arise. They can work across engineering sectors or specialise within one – the latter being the case for mechanical maintenance engineers.
Mechanical maintenance engineers must develop maintenance strategies surrounding the installation, upkeep and commissioning of mechanical equipment. When equipment breakdowns occur, mechanical maintenance specialists are required to analyse these breakdowns, identify the faults that have occurred and ensure that time critical issues are attended to promptly. In addition to maintaining and dealing with faults as and when they occur, mechanical maintenance engineers will also coordinate preventative action to limit wear and tear of machinery, as to extend the lifespan of equipment/supplies.
Mechanical maintenance engineers also have a role to play when new equipment is purchased for a plant or project. They often work alongside other maintenance figures, such as fitters and technicians, offering professional expertise to ensure that equipment is used safely and effectively. They are also required to budget for any replacements, maintenance outgoings and other costs attached to mechanical equipment.