Production and Plant Engineer

Production and plant engineers plan, direct and coordinate manufacturing activities in industrial plants, including design, construction, modification, performance and maintenance of equipment and machinery. In addition, production or plant engineers organise and oversee the construction, operation and maintenance of mechanical and process plant and installations.

Personal requirements of a production or plant engineer may include:

  • Interested in technical and engineering activities
  • Willing to adhere to safety requirements
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Interested in computing and technical design
  • Creativity
  • Able to work without supervision and as part of a team
  • Willing to accept responsibility

Production and plant engineers may complete the following tasks:

  • Studying functional statements, organisational charts and project information in order to determine functions and responsibilities of workers and work units
  • Analysing workforce utilisation, facility layout, operational data and production schedules and costs to determine optimum worker and equipment efficiencies
  • Work out standards and policies for installation, modification, quality control, testing, inspection and maintenance, according to engineering principles and safety regulations
  • Direct the maintenance of plant buildings and equipment, and coordinate the requirements for new designs, surveys and maintenance schedules
  • Test newly installed machines and equipment to make sure there is compliance with requirements and specifications.

This job usually requires the completion of a recognised Bachelor degree. Some jobs may also require post-graduate study at a graduate certificate, graduate diploma, or Master degree level. To become a production or plant engineer requires studying engineering at university with a major in manufacturing or mechanical engineering production. Different universities may have flexible entry requirements, so contact the universities for further information.