What does a Chief Maintenance Engineer do?

Maintenance engineers are certified to install, troubleshoot, and repair specific equipment types by utilizing industrial technology; they diagnose equipment failures and use specialized training to restore broken or malfunctioning equipment to operational status. Maintenance engineers sometimes act as fitters, maintenance technicians, and maintenance schedulers. Their responsibility level and expertise often depend upon their workplace. Maintenance engineers optimize asset reliability by implementing advanced proactive strategies and performing electoral and efficient mechanical repairs on equipment to decrease work or downtime gaps.

Maintenance engineers install and maintain the equipment used in aviation, and the medical and manufacturing industries and perform routine maintenance, troubleshoot issues, and perform on-site repairs. They travel to client locations to inspect and remove outdated equipment and oversee the installation of new machines or equipment. They provide technical support and training for new equipment and respond to customer calls. Maintenance engineers need a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or electrical engineering and knowledge of EPA and OSHA guidelines.

What responsibilities are common for Chief Maintenance Engineer jobs?
  • Perform and maintain work to local, state and Federal codes.
  • Identify, locate, and operate all shut-off valves for equipment.
  • Perform journeyman-level maintenance and repairs.
  • Assist maintenance technicians when needed.
  • Practice safe work habits, wear protective safety equipment and follow MSDS and OSHA standards.
  • Support testing of main propulsion and power generation equipment.
  • Ensure proper procedures are followed when using maintenance equipment.
  • Check design deliverables in accordance with industry codes and standards, contract requirements, and company standards.
  • Reach overhead and below the knees, including bending, twisting, pulling, and stooping.
  • Perform equipment preventive maintenance.
  • Purchase supplies, equipment and materials necessary to complete projects.
  • Analyze production data and take appropriate action for continuous improvement.
  • Ensure staff compliance with all safety/loss prevention standards and regulations.
  • Complete work order request forms on a daily and timely basis.
  • Provide status reports regarding the execution of TPM activities.
  • Personally respond to all maintenance emergencies, 24 hours a day.
  • Carry out systems troubleshooting and repair for all facilities systems.
  • May service as technical expert in a specialty field and lead the work of others.
What are the typical qualifications for Chief Maintenance Engineer jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with PLC, CAD Software, C, and AutoCAD software and systems.
  • Fluency in inner workings of items such as ventilation systems, exhaust systems, or heaters.
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills.
  • Comfortable computing and calibrating when necessary.
  • Can assist clients with decision making by diagnosing issues and providing cost estimates.
  • Demonstrated strong work ethic and an eye for continuous improvement.
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Chief Maintenance Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$79,956 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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L3
Maintenance Engineer Supervisor
$79,956/yr
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Average Years of Experience

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54%
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Oxy VinylsOxy Vinyls
Maintenance Engineer
Jan 27, 2021

“Good place to start your career and get a few years of experience then disappear to the better one.”

JLLJLL
Facility Engineer
Sept 15, 2021

“But I feel JLL is great as I had great seniors to were really helpful and I've enjoyed my time here.”

Central CoalfieldsCentral Coalfields
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Dec 6, 2020

“Government job means there's a job security this is the only thing which is good.”

City of Los AngelesCity of Los Angeles
Irrigation Specialist
Aug 12, 2020

“It's a great career to have and to be able to work with different kinds of people and do irrigation.”

LittelfuseLittelfuse
Maintenance Engineer
Jan 29, 2021

“good pay and hr is helpfull”

Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & ChemicalsGujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals
Senior Shift Engineer
Mar 11, 2022

“to work in Gujarat and one of the top 5 PSU'S of govt of Gujarat.”

Unified Real Estate Development
Facilities Engineer
Mar 22, 2022

“I enjoy working in a group because I am a quick learner who's eager to learn and improve myself.”

The Training Center
Boiler Operator
May 25, 2022

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When working as a Chief Maintenance Engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Computer Literate, Strong WORK Ethic, Test Equipment, Requests and Dexterity.

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