Maintenance engineering

Maintenance engineering

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

Careers information

What do they do?

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, diagnosis and fault finding. You will usually be working onsite at a production/manufacturing business.

Does this sound like you?

Study areas

• 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

Helpful experience

• Analysing, researching or problem solving

• Making or fixing things

• Working with machinery

• Working with computers

Preferred work environments

• Inside (workshop or plant)

• Outside (outdoors

• Different places from time to time

Careers Pathway

School Entry level jobs Advancing jobs Senior jobs

Ideally, NCEA Level 2 passes in:


Science (Physics)

Technology (Metal Work)


Maintenance Engineer

Machine Building and Installation Engineer

Fluid Power Technician

Specialist Fabricator


Leading Hand

Workshop Supervisor

Welding Supervisor


Site Supervisor

Business Manager

Business Owner

Unit/Achievement standards in schools Apprenticeship Higher learning Higher learning

How much could I earn?

Icn Money

2 years experience

$42k - $52k


Icn Money

5 years experience

$53k - $80k

What do we offer?

  • We partner with industry associations like the Maintenance Engineering Society to help recruit and build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry, identifying potential apprentices, and encouraging work placements.
  • We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like conferences, competitions and graduations and regularly celebrate your learners’ success.
  • When apprentices enrol, we assign them a Competenz account manager. Our account managers understand the engineering industry and the skills learners and businesses need to gain.

National qualifications

The Maintenance Engineering strand is for those employed on engineering maintenance work in enterprises where the emphasis is on maintaining reliable production, possibly in a lean (competitive) manufacturing environment. These enterprises typically have a planned approach to maintenance, involving computerised maintenance systems and condition monitoring. The strand is also appropriate for those employed in contract maintenance work for such enterprises.

It is intended to provide training for people in an occupation traditionally referred to as Maintenance Fitters.

Click here for the NZQA qualification overview.