Mechanical Technician

Mechanical Technicians carry out planned or unplanned maintenance and repair activities on a wide range of mechanical systems, rotating plant, equipment and machinery e.g. pumps, engines, turbines.

About this role

Typical duties

  • Carries out routine maintenance and testing activities
  • Completes fault-finding and repair of mechanical systems and equipment
  • Modifies, repairs or replaces systems and equipment Installs new systems and equipment as required
  • Participates in Risk Assessments as part of Integrated Safe System Of Work (ISSOW) / Permit to Work preparation
  • Interprets technical drawings and updates with any changes following the installation of new systems and equipment
  • Orders spares and consumables as required on an ongoing basis
  • Prepares reports on work activities
  • Reports any breaches of safety procedures to supervision / management
  • Actively participates in and promotes company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures, and ensures personal safety and that of colleagues at all times Provides support as part of the installation emergency response team

In the industry

Mechanical Technicians may work directly for an operator or a major contractor, and normally report to the Maintenance Supervisor, or may report to a specific Shift Supervisor on larger installations. This role is vital in ensuring that mechanical systems and equipment used onshore and offshore are maintained in a safe condition and meet safety and technical standards. This role can be based at either an onshore or offshore production installation, or at onshore yard / workshop sites. Works closely with maintenance supervisors and technicians form other technical disciplines and liaises with onshore maintenance support teams, vendors, contractors and specialist companies


  • Office
  • Outdoors
  • Offshore


  • University
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

What do I need?

Key Skills

  • Team working
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Analysing
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • IT
  • Numerical
  • Practical
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • Recognised Trade Apprenticeship and/or NVQ/SVQ Level 3 certification or equivalent and/or OPITO / ECITB Technician Training Scheme
  • Basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET)
  • Offshore Medical Certificate
  • OPITO Minimum Industry Safety Standards (MIST)
  • Experienced in the operation of computerised maintenance management systems

Employers might also look for:

  • Good understanding of industry and HSE practices applicable to job role
  • Practical knowledge and experience of maintenance of mechanical plant, systems and equipment
  • Ability to interpret / mark-up technical drawings
  • Good communication skills