Maintenance Engineering

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

Careers information

What does it involve?

Maintenance engineers maintain machinery so it is reliable on the production line (usually within a manufacturing environment). 

Maintenance engineers typically have a planned approach to maintenance, involving computerised maintenance systems and condition monitoring, where the work may require a broad variety of engineering skills and knowledge.

Typical day

Normally an 8-hour day; sometimes working longer may be required.

Work can include:

  • installing and maintaining machinery;
  • shutting down maintenance work (e.g. engineering, manufacturing, mining industries);
  • making adjustments to meet production requirements;
  • monitoring equipment condition; and
  • diagnosis and fault finding.

You will usually be working onsite at a production/manufacturing business.

How could I get into the industry

Does this sound like you?

Study areas

Attributes Helpful experience Preferred work environments
  • English or Media or History
  • Maths or Accounting or Economics
  • Sciences or Workshop Technologies
  • Computing / ICT / Information Management
  • Good at precision work
  • Good literacy and numeracy
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good work habits / time management


  • Analysing, researching or problem solving
  • Making or fixing things
  • Working with machinery
  • Working with computers


  • Inside (workshop or plant)
  • Outside (outdoors
  • Different places from time to time

How much could I earn?

  • 2 years experience

    $42k - $52k

  • 5 years experience

    $53k- $80k

Career pathway

School Entry level jobs Advancing jobs Senior jobs

Ideally, NCEA Level 2 passes 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
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