A Career As A Lift Engineer

As A Lift Engineer, Your Duties Will Include Installing, Refurbishing and Repairing Lifts
  • Average salary for a qualified engineer with LETS: £39,800 + Overtime + Bonus
  • Hours: 40 per week

You’ll usually need experience or qualifications in Mechanical Engineering, Electronic Engineering or Building Services Engineering.

Relevant Qualifications Include:
  • Level 2 certificate in Mechanical Engineering
  • Level 2 certificate in Electrical And Electronic Engineering Technology
  • Level 2 diploma in Maintenance Engineering Technology
  • Level 2 diploma in Access To Building Services Engineering
  • HNC or HND in Mechanical, Electrical and Electronic Engineering

You'll need colour-normal vision and a driving license will be useful.
You could get into this career through an apprenticeship.
The Lift & Escalator Industry Association provide more information about this career.

You'll need:
  • Skills in Electrical or Mechanical work
  • Excellent problem-solving
  • Good organisational skills to plan workloads
  • IT skills for updating records and writing reports
Your day-to-day duties may include:
  • Carrying out routine checks
  • Making minor repairs or isolating problems until further work can be carried out
  • Installing and fitting new lifts, modernising existing lifts by replacing major components
  • Demonstrating new equipment to clients
  • Refurbishing or replacing lift machines, control systems, lift car interiors, door equipment, signalisation systems, buttons and lighting
  • Updating written and computerised work records
  • Identifying recurring problems
  • Making sure equipment meets health and safety regulations
  • Undertaking safety examinations, producing risk assessment reports

Trainee/Apprentice: £12,200 to £16,286 (July 2019)
Qualified to NVQ level 3: £35,316 to £40,200 (July 2019)

These figures are a guide.

You'll normally work 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Overtime is common and you may have shifts covering a 24-hour rota.
Work conditions will vary depending on the building you are working in and the nature of the job. The job could be oily and dirty, and you may work in confined spaces, particularly on older systems. You may regularly undertake manual lifting.

With experience and further training, you could move into Supervisory Management, Technical, Sales or Engineering Design.
You could also use your skills at technician level to move into other industries, like Manufacturing or Engineering Construction or Safety Inspection, either within a company or as a freelance contractor.