Forklift Truck Engineer

Job Description:

Forklift truck engineers service and repair lift trucks.

Job Category:
Engineering & Construction

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


You’ll need:

  • 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.

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Entry Requirements:

To become a Forklift Truck Engineer, specific subjects are not typically required. However, certain subjects can provide a foundation for developing the skills and knowledge needed for this career, such as:

  1. Mathematics: Develops strong math skills used in measurements, calculations, and diagnostics.
  2. Science (Physics): Understanding of mechanical principles and forces involved in machinery.
  3. Design and Technology (Engineering): Provides insight into engineering principles, mechanics, and machinery.
  4. ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Proficiency in using technology for diagnostics and maintenance tasks.

Post School

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.

Direct Application

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.