What they do
Production and plant engineers plan, direct and coordinate manufacturing activities in industrial plants. They are involved in the design and construction processes, and are responsible for overseeing any modifications and maintenance of equipment and machinery. Production and plant engineers are responsible for inspecting plant and machinery to make sure that everything operates at optimum performance and they also implement solutions to improve the flow of production. They may offer advice on equipment or machinery positioning on the factory floor to maximise production levels.
Production or plant engineers work in a variety of industries such as food or product manufacturing, or processing, manufacturing or treating chemicals, gases, water, waste, minerals or bulk materials. They usually split their time between working in an office and on the factory floor. They work with a wide range of people such as factory floor staff, production teams and managers.
Tools and technologies
Production or plant engineers perform many of their tasks on a computer, often using specialised software for tasks such as writing reports, preparing cost estimates and budgets, and developing engineering specifications. They may be required to use computer-aided design (CAD) software programs to create 2D drawings and 3D models.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become a production or plant engineer, you usually need to study a degree in engineering, with a major in mechanical engineering. You may need to complete further postgraduate study to specialise in mechanical engineering.
Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.