What makes a good mobile service engineer?

Mobile service engineerGreat mobile service engineers are in demand and as such can attract good salaries and benefits including excellent overtime rates of pay, pensions, bonus, life assurance and company van and mobile phone.

Being able to rely on the services of a dependable service engineer is a must on any construction site. With that in mind, there are a number of key qualifications and skills that recruiters are looking out for when matching service engineers to vacant roles.

Qualifying as a service engineer

Many people who are keen to embark on a career as a service engineer undertake HNC, HND, BTEC or NVQ qualifications in areas including building engineering, construction engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or nanotechnology.

Many service engineers have progressed from the position of service technician or have made the switch from another engineering specialism such as electrical engineering.

Many service engineers specialise in one area. For example, here at Embark, we currently have several vacancies for experienced gantry crane mobile service engineers who specialise in servicing and repairing overhead travelling cranes on a variety of local construction sites.

A can-do-attitude

If you work as a mobile service engineer, the variety and flexibility of being home-based can be an attractive one. However, the fact that you will be required to work on many different sites, with a variety of co-workers means that you must be able to get on with a wide range of different people across a range of situations.

Not only that, you must demonstrate the ability to make decisions and act on them independently in accordance with the relevant safety procedures and quality standards. Clients count on your skills in order to run their equipment safely and efficiently without delays. This means being able to perform preventative maintenance as well as troubleshoot problems, sometimes under pressure, is key. The ability to accurately keep up to date with the necessary paper work such as test certificates and service records is also a crucial aspect of your role.

Many mobile service engineers work on a 5 out of 7 days rostered system, meaning that some weekend work will be required, usually one day a month. Although weekend work is generally paid at an enhanced rate, you do need to be flexible when it comes to your work schedule.

Physically able

As a mobile service engineer, you will be required to drive to a variety of sites within your pre-agreed local area. This means that a full UK driver’s licence is a must. As you will be responsible for your own schedule, punctuality and reliability are also important attributes.

Due to the physical nature of the work, you must be fit enough to undertake the tasks you need to carry out. This can include heavy lifting and working at heights.

Find a new role as a mobile service engineer in 2019

If you’re looking for a new challenge in your mobile service engineer career, you can check out the roles we currently have available here. To find out more about any of the current vacancies or to apply, please call Dave at Embark on 01530 588 841 or email