Forklift Truck EngineerJob Description:
Forklift truck engineers service and repair lift trucks.Job Category:
What you will do:
As a forklift truck engineer, you could:
- Visit clients on-site with a mobile workshop
- Identify problems using tools, a laptop or hand-held computer
- Diagnose electrical, mechanical and hydraulic faults
- Repair or replace faulty parts
- Service engines
- Test-drive trucks and make adjustments
- Carry out safety checks
- The ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- Knowledge of engineering science and technology
- To be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
As well as:
- Problem-solving skills
- To be thorough and pay attention to detail
- Practical skills for repairing and maintaining equipment
- The ability to use your initiative
- Persistence and determination (drive)
- The ability to work well with your hands
- Adaptable to the problem at hand
Restrictions and Requirements
You’ll need a full driving licence if you’re going to work as a mobile service engineer.
You might also need a forklift operator certificate, though your employer may put you through that training when you start work.
To become a Forklift Truck Engineer, specific GCSE subjects are not typically required. However, certain subjects can provide a foundation for developing the skills and knowledge needed for this career, such as:
Relevant GCSE Subjects
- Mathematics: Develops strong math skills used in measurements, calculations, and diagnostics.
- Science (Physics): Understanding of mechanical principles and forces involved in machinery.
- Design and Technology (Engineering): Provides insight into engineering principles, mechanics, and machinery.
- ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Proficiency in using technology for diagnostics and maintenance tasks.
You can get into this job through:
- A college course
- An apprenticeship
- Applying directly
You can do a course in vehicle mechanics before applying for a job with a garage or repair service. Courses include:
- Level 2 Certificate in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance and Repair
- Level 2 Diploma in Plant or Machinery Maintenance
- Level 2 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
You can complete an advanced apprenticeship in lift truck and powered access vehicle engineering.
This typically takes 36 months to complete as a mix of learning in the workplace and off-the-job study.
You can apply for jobs if you’ve got experience in lorry or bus servicing, mechanical engineering, or repairing construction, military or agricultural machinery.
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week consists of 42 to 44 hours of work. You could be required to work between 8am and 6pm.
You could work in a workshop or visit sites.
Your working environment may be dirty.
You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could:
- Become a repair workshop supervisor or plant hire centre manager.
- Do further training to work on construction machinery, or become an electrical or mechanical engineer.
- Become self-employed and run your own servicing business.