Production or Plant Engineers plan, direct and coordinate the design, construction, modification, continued performance and maintenance of equipment and machines in industrial plants, and the management and planning of manufacturing activities.

Specialisations: Automation and Control Engineer.

A bachelor degree in engineering majoring in mechanical engineering or a related field is needed to work as a Production or Plant Engineer. Some Production and Plant Engineers complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks

  • Develops specifications for manufacture, and determines materials, equipment, piping, material flows, capacities and layout of plant and systems.
  • Organises and manages project labour and the delivery of materials, plant and equipment.
  • Establishes standards and policies for installation, modification, quality control, testing, inspection and maintenance according to engineering principles and safety regulations.
  • Inspects plant to ensure optimum performance is maintained.
  • Directs the maintenance of plant buildings and equipment, and co-ordinates the requirements for new designs, surveys and maintenance schedules.

More about Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

All Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

  • $2,414 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Production and Plant Engineers

  • 3,300 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 37 years Average age
  • 9% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Production and Plant Engineers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 3,500 in 2011 to 3,300 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Many Production and Plant Engineers work in Western Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Mining.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (93%, 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 37 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 9% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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)
Manufacturing34.5
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services20.0
Mining14.0
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services8.4
Other Industries23.1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateProduction and Plant EngineersAll Jobs Average
NSW24.431.6
VIC25.625.6
QLD19.620.0
SA7.47.0
WA20.110.8
TAS1.42.0
NT0.91.0
ACT0.41.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketProduction and Plant EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.1-5.05.0
20-244.4-9.39.3
25-3436.4-22.922.9
35-4429.8-22.022.0
45-5418.2-21.621.6
55-595.3-9.09.0
60-643.4-6.06.0
65 and Over2.4-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, 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 QualificationProduction and Plant EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate15.5-10.110.1
Bachelor degree57.9-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.6-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV10.7-21.121.1
Year 124.0-18.118.1
Year 110.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.6-12.512.5

A bachelor degree in engineering majoring in mechanical engineering or a related field is needed to work as a Production or Plant Engineer. Some Production and Plant 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.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Engineering and Technology

    87% Skill level

    The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  2. 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.

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  1. Face-to-Face Discussions

    99% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  2. Telephone

    95% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  3. Structured versus Unstructured Work

    92% Important

    How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

  4. Freedom to Make Decisions

    90% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

  5. Contact With Others

    89% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

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