An interesting dilemma. I have always avoided management roles and have remained in contact with the equipment although not fully hands on.
It is difficult to find a career path that is at least reasonably well paid but avoids going down the management route. Some hi tech companies offer a technical career ladder, but these tend to end up being more theoretical than practical.
There are some niches generally around specialized and complex equipment where degree level people are required for maintenance and support. This is the route I have taken, being technically responsible for a number of industrial particle accelerators ranging from 550kV to 3.0 MV. This is very definitely hands on during maintenance and repair.
How flexible about location and job style are you? There are always openings for field commissioning engineers if you don't mind travelling. These are generally quite well paid to compensate for the inconvenience and are always varied and challenging.
This is all based on my experiences, but may give you some ideas. A couple of links you may like to look at: