Maintenance Engineer

Maintenance engineers keep New Zealand industries' plant and equipment up-and-running - 365 days a year.

Careers information


What do they do?

Maintenance engineers are responsible for making sure equipment and machines are reliable and run smoothly. They use computerised systems to oversee routine maintenance and organise repairs.

ML2 4510

A typical day

Normally an eight-hour day; sometimes working longer may be required.

Work can include installing and maintaining machinery, shutting down maintenance work (e.g. within engineering, manufacturing, mining industries), making adjustments to meet production requirements, monitoring equipment condition, diagnosis and fault finding. You will usually be working onsite at a production/manufacturing business.

Industial interior

     Sound like you?

Study areas
Helpful experience
Preferred work environments
  • English or Media or History
  • Maths or Accounting or Economics 
  • Sciences or Workshop Technologies
  • Computing/ICT/Information Management
  • Reasonable strength and fitness
  • Confidence wit IT, computers, technology
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good literacy and numeracy skills
  • Good work habits/time management
  • Strong eye for detail
  • Making or fixing things
  • Working with machinery
  • Working with computers
  • Analysing, researching and problem solving
  • Inside (workshop or plant)
  • Outside (outdoors)
  • Different places from time to time

Career pathway

SchoolEntry level jobsAdvancing jobsSenior jobs

Ideally, NCEA Level 2 in:

  • Maths
  • Science (physics)
  • Technology (metal work)
  • English
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Machine Building and Installation Engineer
  • Fluid Power Technician
  • Specialist Fabricator
  • Supervisor
  • Leading Hand
  • Workshop Supervisor
  • Welding Supervisor
  • Foreman
  • Site Supervisor
  • Business Manager
  • Business Owner
 Unit/Achievement standards in schools Apprenticeship Higher learning Higher learning
Gateway programme available