Plans, directs and coordinates the design, construction, modification, continued performance and maintenance of equipment and machines in industrial plants, and the management and planning of manufacturing activities.
Production or plant engineers usually work indoors in factories. They may also spend time in the office, or outdoors if working on construction projects.
- Interested in technical and engineering activities
- Willing to adhere to safety requirements
- Able to identify, analyse and solve problems
- Good oral and written communication skills
- Interested in computing and technical design
- Practical and creative
- Able to work independently
- Able to work as part of a team
- Able to accept responsibility
- Work out standards and policies for installation, modification, quality control, testing, inspection and maintenance, according to engineering principles and safety regulations.
- Inspect plant and machinery to make sure optimum performance occurs.
- Direct the maintenance of plant buildings and equipment and coordinate the requirements for new designs, surveys and maintenance schedules.
- Prepare contracts and specifications for construction and the acquisition of facilities.
- Schedule and plan production activities.
- Test newly installed machines and equipment to make sure there is compliance with requirements and specifications.
The pay scale of a production and plant engineer ranges between AUD$57,537 – AUD$131,500 and the median being AUD$73,986.