As an Escalator Engineer, you may be going out to different firms and servicing or repairing the escalators. This could include working in train stations, department shops, supermarkets, retail shopping centres, stadiums and airports.
You could also be responding to emergencies such as clothing getting stuck in the stairs or people pressing the emergency stop button.
Escalator Engineers will have to write reports on each escalator they attend, to keep accurate records for the company.
You could be fixing a number of problems within the escalator such as:
- broken panel displays
- problems with the conveyor belt
- problems with the metal plates which you stand on
- metal rollers wearing out
You may also have to carry out risk assessments on the escalator. As the escalator is travelling in an up or down direction, you will need to make sure that it is safe to use. If it does not pass the safety test, then you will have to install or fit new equipment to get it to a safe standard. This assessment will also include writing reports and insurance documents.
Escalator Engineers use a large amount of different tools. Some equipment that you could be using include:
- maintenance barriers
- comb plate impact fixture test kits
- escalator controlling devices
- diagnostic tools
- belt tension testers
- flat cable splitter tools
- convenience kits which will hold all your tools
Carry out some research and find out exactly what these tools are!
Being able to read, write and speak Welsh may be an advantage when you’re looking for work in Wales
Personal Qualities and Skills
To become an Escalator Engineer, you will need:
- to be able to work as part of a team
- to be comfortable working in small spaces underground
- good communication skills
- to have good organisation skills
- excellent problem solving skills
- good written communication skills
- to be able to stay calm and work well under pressure
- a willingness to take responsibility on each escalator you service
Pay and Opportunities
The pay rates below are approximate:
- Starting: £22,000 - £25,000
- With experience: £28,000 - £34,500
- Senior Lift Engineers earn £38,000 - £42,500
You could also be self-employed and charge a call out rate for each firm you attend.
Hours of work
Most Escalator Engineers work around 35-40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. However, early starts, late finishes and weekend work may be required.
You could be working in spaces that are oily, dirty and confined, so you need to be able to work in these cramped conditions, especially when fixing older escalators.
Where could I work?
Employers could be an escalator servicing agency or you could be working in a particular firm working in the maintenance department. You could also work for train stations, department shops, supermarkets, retail shopping centres, stadiums and airports.
Where are vacancies advertised?
Vacancies are advertised in local/national newspapers, trade industry publications, at Jobcentre Plus and on the Find a Job website.
Vacancies can also be found through specialist engineering recruitment agencies, internet job boards and the websites of professional engineering bodies.
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Entry Routes and Training
Escalator Engineers usually complete a relevant engineering degree.
An Advanced Level or Degree Apprenticeship is also a great place to start. Take a look at our information article
There are a large number of courses in mechanical engineering. Some courses are combined, for example, with manufacturing engineering.
A great way to get into this career is through an internship. Take a look at our information article '
To become an Escalator Engineer, you could gain status from Chartered Engineer or Incorporated Engineer professions. This could make you stand out from the crowd!
To register as a Chartered Engineer or an Incorporated Engineer, you must join a professional engineering institution licensed by the Engineering Council. You will have to demonstrate commitment and competence to the course to register.
Routes to Chartered Engineering status include completing:
- an accredited honours degree in engineering or technology, plus either an appropriate Masters degree or engineering Doctorate accredited by a professional engineering institution, or appropriate further learning to Masters level
- or, an accredited integrated MEng degree
Routes to Incorporated Engineering status include completing:
- an accredited Bachelors or honours degree in engineering or technology
- or, a HNC, HND or foundation degree in engineering or technology, plus appropriate further learning to degree level
- or, a NVQ level 4, which has been approved by a licensed engineering institution
Previous experience within an engineering position (such as an electrical and mechanical) would be useful for this career.
If you would like more information about being an Escalator Engineer, then The Lift & Escalator Industry Association have lots of information on education, training and case studies to look at. This could give you more experience on what happens in engineering jobs and see if it is the right career for you.
Depending on the qualification, Escalator Engineers can progress by taking on more responsibility for the management of engineering projects and teams of Engineers.
Some engineers choose to become self-employed or take contract work on a freelance basis.
You need a degree in mechanical, electronic or building service engineering to become an Escalator Engineer.
To get onto a degree course, you will have to complete A levels. Having at least two A levels in relevant subjects such as maths, mechanics or physics would be helpful for this career.
There are also alternative routes to becoming an Escalator Engineer. You could take a BTEC, level 3 qualification, HNC or a HND course in mechanical, electrical or electronic engineering.
To get onto an Intermediate Level Apprenticeship, you will need at least 5 GCSEs graded A*-C or 9-4 in subjects including maths, English and science would be really useful.
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