Supply Chain Excellence – Maintenance Engineer

Hunter Campbell’s Supply Chain Excellence Series profiles jobs within the Supply Chain job family including jobs in demand, salaries and employment prospects.

In this article, the role of Maintenance Engineer is in the spotlight.

Purpose of the Role 

Maintenance Engineers ensure that machinery and equipment runs smoothly and reliably across a site, including reactive and planned repairs. Value is added to the role by those who look into the optimisation of machinery by mitigating machinery failure and putting in place preventative maintenance plans. 

It is critical that senior engineers are involved in the wider IBP/S&OP process to give clarity on planned maintenance and any forward impact on production capacity. 

In larger manufacturing businesses, Maintenance Engineers will usually work set or rotating shifts, especially if the business is a 24/7 operation. 

Most Maintenance Engineers have either an electrical or mechanical background. 


There are several pathways that can be followed to gain the relevant qualifications, which will hold you in good stead but are not essential. 

You need to be EWRB registered to be able to work as an Electrical Maintenance Engineer. For Mechanical Engineers, you can also go down the apprenticeship route with a Level 4 National Certificate or a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. 

Key Skills Required 

A mindset that is inquisitive and focused on problem solving 

The ability to work quickly under pressure in fast-paced environments 

Strong attention to detail and good organisational skills 

Excellent communication skills – Maintenance Engineers need to be able to explain ideas and designs to those who are not familiar with engineering or mechanical terms and systems 

Being able to work autonomously and in a team environment is highly regarded 

Career Prospects 

The career path can vary greatly across industries, predominantly Maintenance Engineers move into a Team Leader or supervisory role, then become an Engineering Manager or even a Head of Engineering in larger organisations. 

There is the potential to develop further away from maintenance and move towards Reliability Engineering, Project Engineering or into a continuous or process improvement role. 

Maintenance Engineers looking to develop their careers should look at expanding their skillset off the tools.  

Recruitment Forecast 

Manufacturing is always going to be around and the need for specialists that can maintain machinery is always going to be in demand. 

The quest for continuous improvement across an organisation plays a key role in advancing efficiencies that ultimately land on the bottom-line. Maintenance Engineers who understand how planned maintenance fits into the wider IBP process to maximize capacity and throughput; reducing plant downtime and unplanned maintenance, have a bright future in today’s current economic environment.  

Salary Guide 

This information is anecdotal and based on roles Hunter Campbell is currently recruiting or has previously recruited and relate to base salaries. They do not include any additional bonuses or benefits. 

Intermediate: $80,000 – $90,000 

Advanced: $100,000 – $120,000 

Leadership: $120,000 + 

Senior Leadership: $140,000 + 

Due to the shift work nature of these roles, pay is usually quoted as an hourly rate with a shift allowance on top. 

An intermediate Maintenance Engineer in a role with no people leadership can expect in the region of $40p/h to $52p/h plus a shift allowance if applicable. 

Individuals moving into a team leadership or supervisory role can expect to move into a salaried role. Depending upon the size of the organisation and the maintenance team being led, the salary would be in the region of $120,000 to $130,000. As a Head of Engineering, you can expect to be looking at upwards of $140,000. 

If you would like to find out more about the role of a Maintenance Engineer, please contact Senior Consultant John Boyle. John specialises in specialises the recruitment of Operations and Engineering. For more news and views, visit our website by clicking here, see what opportunities we have available here or follow us on LinkedIn.

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