Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers design, organise and oversee the construction, operation and maintenance of mechanical and process plant and installations, establish programs for the coordination of manufacturing activities, and ensure usage of resources is cost effective.

    A bachelor degree in a relevant engineering discipline is needed to work as an Industrial, Mechanical or Production Engineer. Some Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • studying functional statements, organisational charts and project information to determine functions and responsibilities of workers and work units and to identify areas of duplication
    • establishing work measurement programs and analysing work samples to develop standards for labour utilisation
    • analysing workforce utilisation, facility layout, operational data and production schedules and costs to determine optimum worker and equipment efficiencies
    • designing mechanical equipment, machines, components, products for manufacture, and plant and systems for construction
    • developing specifications for manufacture, and determining materials, equipment, piping, material flows, capacities and layout of plant and systems
    • organising and managing project labour and the delivery of materials, plant and equipment
    • establishing standards and policies for installation, modification, quality control, testing, inspection and maintenance according to engineering principles and safety regulations
    • inspecting plant to ensure optimum performance is maintained
    • directing the maintenance of plant buildings and equipment, and coordinating the requirements for new designs, surveys and maintenance schedules

    More about Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

    All Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

    All Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

    • $2,414 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 30,300 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 92% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 45 hours Average full-time
    • 38 years Average age
    • 7% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
    from 30,300 in 2018 to 28,100 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 8,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,600 a year).

    • Size: This is a large occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Many Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers work in Western Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Mining.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $2,414 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (92%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 7% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Mechanical Engineers in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Mechanical Engineers.

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200829100
    200932900
    201025700
    201130600
    201228500
    201334500
    201430300
    201530400
    201628700
    201729100
    201830300
    202328100

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsIndustrial, Mechanical and Production EngineersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings24141460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Manufacturing35.7
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services25.3
    Mining10.2
    Construction7.1
    Other Industries21.7

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateIndustrial, Mechanical and Production EngineersAll Jobs Average
    NSW26.131.6
    VIC29.425.6
    QLD17.320.0
    SA7.07.0
    WA17.510.8
    TAS1.22.0
    NT0.61.0
    ACT0.81.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketIndustrial, Mechanical and Production EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.2-5.05.0
    20-245.8-9.39.3
    25-3433.3-22.922.9
    35-4427.2-22.022.0
    45-5418.3-21.621.6
    55-596.8-9.09.0
    60-644.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.8-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationIndustrial, Mechanical and Production EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate18.1-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree58.2-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma9.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV9.7-21.121.1
    Year 123.6-18.118.1
    Year 110.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.5-12.512.5

    A bachelor degree in a relevant engineering discipline is needed to work as an Industrial, Mechanical or Production Engineer. Some Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers complete postgraduate studies.

    Registration may be compulsory in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.

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    Employers look for Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Engineering and technology

      87% Skill level

      Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    2. Technical design

      84% Skill level

      Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    3. Mathematics

      79% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Mechanical

      78% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    5. Physics

      73% Skill level

      The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

    Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2141.00 - Mechanical Engineers.

    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Face-to-face discussions

      99% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    2. Telephone

      95% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    3. Unstructured work

      92% Important

      Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

    4. Freedom to make decisions

      90% Important

      Have freedom to make decision on your own.

    5. Contact with people

      89% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

    Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2141.00 - Mechanical Engineers.

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