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            The Work

            Lift engineers, or lift technicians, install, refurbish, service and repair electrical and hydraulic lifts
            and escalators. They also work on stairlifts, vehicle mounted lifts, restaurant 'dumb waiters' and
            patient hoists like those found in hospitals and nursing homes.

            As a lift engineer, your day-to-day duties could include:
                q   making routine checks on gears, motors, overload detection devices, brakes, doors and locks
                q   carrying out minor repairs or isolating problems until a fuller service can be done
                q   responding to emergency breakdown call-outs
                q   installing and fitting out lifts, lifting gear and lift wells
                q   demonstrating new equipment to clients
                q   refurbishing or replacing lift interiors, flooring, panel displays, communication systems, buttons and
                    lighting
                q   updating work records, both written and computerised
                q   analysing breakdown trends to identify recurring defects in equipment.

            Part of your work would be to inspect lift equipment to make sure that it meets relevant health and
            safety regulations. You would also produce risk assessment reports and documentation for
            insurance and legal purposes.
            In lift design work, you would use computer aided design (CAD) software to produce customised
            lifts, for example panoramic lifts with glass panels, like those found in atriums or on the outside of
            buildings.


            Entry Requirements

            You normally need experience and/or qualifications in mechanical or electrical engineering to work
            as a lift engineer. If you do not have these already, you could take an engineering course at college
            to gain some of the required skills. Relevant courses include:
              q BTEC National Certificate and Diploma in Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic, or Operations and

                Maintenance Engineering
              q BTEC National Certificate and Diploma in Building Services Engineering

              q City & Guilds awards in Electrotechnical Technology (2330) at levels 2 and 3*, and Certificate in

                Engineering (2800) levels 1 and 2.

            *From September 2010, the 2330 and 2356 qualifications will be replaced by the Diploma in
            Electrotechnology (working title), course code 2357. For more information, see the announcement
            on the City & Guilds website.
            City & Guilds
              q



            You may be able to get into this career through an engineering apprenticeship. To get on to a
            scheme, you would normally need four GCSEs (grades A-C), in subjects such as maths, English,
            science, engineering, design and technology, or equivalent qualifications like those listed above.

            The range of Apprenticeships available in your area will depend on the local jobs market and the
            types of skills employers need from their workers. To find out more about Apprenticeships, visit the
            Apprenticeships website.
              q Apprenticeships



            You could also take higher level qualifications, such as BTEC HNCs/HNDs in Mechanical,
            Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Check with colleges and universities for their entry
            requirements.

            Contact SEMTA, or visit the Lift & Escalator Industry Association's website for more information
            about a career as a lift engineer.
              q Lift & Escalator Industry Association




            Hours

            You would normally work 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Overtime is common and you may
            have shifts covering a 24-hour rota.

            Work conditions would vary depending on the condition of the building you are working in. The job
            could be oily and dirty, and you are likely to work in confined spaces, particularly on older systems.
            You would travel from site to site, usually in a company vehicle.




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            Skills and Knowledge
                q   skills in electrical and/or mechanical work
                q   excellent problem-solving skills
                q   an understanding of engineering drawings and principles
                q   good communication and customer care skills
                q   good organisational skills to plan workloads
                q   the ability to work without close supervision
                q   IT skills for updating records and writing reports
                q   familiarity with CAD packages if involved in design work
                q   a willingness to work flexibly
                q   an awareness of industry guidelines on health and safety.


            Training and Development

            You would do most of your training on the job. You could work towards a range of NVQ
            qualifications, such as:
            Installation and Commissioning levels 2 and 3
            Engineering Maintenance and Installation levels 2 and 3.
            Both have options in lift (traction and hydraulic), escalator installation, repair and servicing. Contact
            SEMTA for more details about training and qualifications.

            You could develop your career further by taking the University of Northampton's Foundation
            Degree in Lift Engineering by distance learning, then completing a 'top-up' engineering degree. For
            more information, visit the Foundation Degree Forward website.
             q Foundation Degree Forward



            If you are working as a senior engineer or manager, you could take the University's postgraduate
            MSc in Lift Engineering, which covers technical issues, lift design, legislation and contract
            management. Contact the University of Northampton for more details.

            You would also have to keep up to date with health and safety, and legal guidelines covering the
            industry, such as:
              q Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)

              q Disability Discrimination Act 1995 covering equal access to goods, services and facilities

              q Lifts Guidelines (LG1) for modifications and new installations.



            See the Safety Assessment Federation website for more details about regulations.
             q Safety Assessment Federation




            More Information

            SEMTA (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
            14 Upton Road
            Watford
            Hertfordshire
            WD18 0JT
            Tel: 0800 282167
            www.semta.org.uk

            University of Northampton
            Admissions: 0800 358 2232
            www.northampton.ac.uk

            Lift & Escalator Industry Association
            33-34 Devonshire Street
            London
            W1G 6PY
            www.leia.co.uk

            Safety Assessment Federation
            Nutmeg House
            60 Gainsford Street
            Butlers Wharf
            London
            SE1 2NY
            Tel: 020 7403 0987
            www.safed.co.uk




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            Opportunities

            You could find work with specialist lift maintenance companies, building services contractors, local
            authorities, hospitals and educational institutions.

            With experience, 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, such as
            manufacturing or engineering construction or safety inspection, either within a company or as a
            freelance contractor.

            You may find the following useful for job vacancies and general reading: (links open in new
            window)

            Lift & Escalator Industry Organisation (company listings)
            Engineering Jobs Network
            Lift.co.uk - (maintenance and installation company listings)
            Directgov (Jobseekers page)

            We do not accept responsibility for the content of external sites.


            Income
                q   Starting salaries can be between £14,000 and £19,000 a year.
                q   Experienced engineers can earn between £20,000 and £30,000.

            Figures are intended as a guideline only.


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