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Working As A Plant Engineer

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • $84,950

    Average Salary

What Does A Plant Engineer Do

Industrial production managers oversee the daily operations of manufacturing and related plants. They coordinate, plan, and direct the activities used to create a wide range of goods, such as cars, computer equipment, or paper products.

Duties

Industrial production managers typically do the following:

  • Decide how best to use a plant’s workers and equipment to meet production goals
  • Ensure that production stays on schedule and within budget
  • Hire, train, and evaluate workers
  • Analyze production data
  • Write production reports
  • Monitor a plant’s workers to ensure they meet performance and safety requirements
  • Streamline the production process
  • Determine whether new machines are needed or whether overtime work is necessary
  • Fix any production problems

Industrial production managers, also called plant managers, may oversee an entire manufacturing plant or a specific area of production.

Industrial production managers are responsible for carrying out quality control programs to make sure the finished product meets a specific level of quality. Often called quality control systems managers, these managers use programs to help identify defects in products, identify the cause of the defect, and solve the problem creating it. For example, a manager may determine that a defect is being caused by parts from an outside supplier. The manager can then work with the supplier to improve the quality of the parts.

Industrial production managers work closely with managers from other departments as well. For example, the procurement (buying) department orders the supplies that the production department uses. A breakdown in communication between these two departments can cause production slowdowns. Industrial production managers also communicate with other managers and departments, such as sales, warehousing, and research and design.

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How To Become A Plant Engineer

Industrial production managers typically need a bachelor’s degree and several years of related work experience.

Education

Employers prefer managers have at least a bachelor’s degree. While the degree may be in any field, many industrial production managers have a bachelor’s degree in business administration or industrial engineering. Sometimes, production workers with many years of experience take management classes and become a production manager. At large plants, where managers have more oversight responsibilities, employers may look for managers who have a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) or a graduate degree in industrial management.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many industrial production managers begin as production workers and move up through the ranks. They usually advance to a first-line supervisory position before eventually being selected for management. Most earn a college degree in business management or take company-sponsored classes to increase their chances of a promotion.

Production managers who join a firm immediately after graduating from college sometimes work as first-line supervisors before beginning their jobs as production managers.

Some managers begin working at a company directly after college or graduate school. They may spend their first few months in training programs, becoming familiar with the production process, company policies, and safety regulations. In large companies, many also spend short periods of time working in other departments, such as purchasing or accounting, to learn more about the company.

Important Qualities

Interpersonal skills. Industrial production managers must have excellent communication skills so they can work with managers from other departments, as well as with the company’s senior-level management.

Leadership skills. To keep the production process running smoothly, industrial production managers must motivate and direct the employees they manage.

Problem-solving skills. Production managers must be able to identify problems immediately and solve them. For example, if a product has a defect, the manager determines whether it is a onetime problem or the result of the production process.

Time-management skills. To meet production deadlines, managers must carefully manage their employees’ time as well as their own.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

While not required, industrial production managers can earn certifications that show a higher level of competency in quality or management systems. The Association for Operations Management offers a Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) credential. The American Society for Quality offers credentials in quality control. Both certifications require specific amounts of work experience before applying for the credential, so they are generally not earned before entering the occupation.

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Plant Engineer Career Paths

Plant Engineer
Senior Process Engineer Senior Engineer Chief Engineer
Assistant Director Of Engineering
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Engineering Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Production Manager Engineering Manager
Engineering/Maintenance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Building Engineer Facility Engineer
Facilities/Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Manufacturing Manager
Manufacturing Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Design Engineer Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Senior Product Engineer Product Engineering Manager
New Product Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Plant Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Controls Engineer Process Control Engineer
Process Control Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Equipment Engineer Maintenance Engineer Production Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer Senior Quality Assurance Engineer
Quality Assurance Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Facilities Manager
Regional Facilities Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Facility Engineer Mechanical Engineer Research And Development Engineer
Research And Development Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer General Manager Facilities Manager
Senior Facilities Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Operations Manager Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Equipment Engineer 4.1 years
Plant Engineer 4.0 years
Facility Engineer 3.7 years
Process Engineer 3.4 years
Chemical Engineer 3.1 years
Utility Engineer 3.0 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 5.4%
Internship 3.3%
Top Employers After
Engineer 4.3%
Manager 3.1%

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Plant Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

88.6%

Female

9.2%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

59.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

10.2%

Unknown

4.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

48.4%

French

8.1%

Carrier

7.5%

Arabic

5.0%

Mandarin

3.7%

Italian

3.7%

Chinese

3.7%

German

3.7%

Portuguese

2.5%

Vietnamese

1.9%

Hindi

1.9%

Cantonese

1.9%

Romanian

1.2%

Dutch

1.2%

Urdu

1.2%

Thai

1.2%

Japanese

1.2%

Swedish

0.6%

Swahili

0.6%

Gujarati

0.6%
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Plant Engineer Education

Schools

Purdue University

10.7%

University of Phoenix

7.1%

Pennsylvania State University

6.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.2%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

6.0%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.9%

Iowa State University

4.9%

University of Toledo

4.7%

Youngstown State University

4.7%

Clemson University

4.7%

Mississippi State University

4.7%

Tennessee Technological University

4.5%

Texas Tech University

4.3%

Texas A&M University

3.9%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.9%

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

3.9%

Drexel University

3.9%

University of Alabama

3.6%

Michigan State University

3.4%

Auburn University

3.2%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

23.0%

Chemical Engineering

16.8%

Business

12.9%

Electrical Engineering

10.4%

Industrial Engineering

4.6%

Engineering

4.6%

Industrial Technology

3.8%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.2%

Management

3.0%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.3%

Civil Engineering

2.0%

Project Management

1.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.3%

Drafting And Design

1.2%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.2%

Chemistry

1.2%

Finance

1.1%

Heating And Air Conditioning

1.1%

Computer Science

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.5%

Masters

25.0%

Other

13.7%

Associate

5.0%

Doctorate

2.6%

Certificate

2.6%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.3%
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Real Plant Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Chemical Process Engineer Two Rivers Terminal LLC Pasco, WA Nov 19, 2014 $149,885
Plant Engineer Frontier Aluminum Corporation Corona, CA Sep 29, 2015 $139,497
Plant Engineer Thermcraft, Inc. Winston-Salem, NC Sep 10, 2014 $125,000
Plant Engineer Thermcraft, Inc. Winston-Salem, NC Aug 28, 2015 $125,000
Chemical Process Engineer Orion Engineered Carbons LLC Belpre, OH Feb 11, 2016 $117,874
Plant Engineer Pacific Coast Producers Lodi, CA Jun 16, 2016 $115,000
Senior Plant Engineer Bayer Healthcare LLC Berkeley, CA Jan 02, 2016 $112,059
Plant Engineer Encore Recycling Inc. Salinas, CA Sep 07, 2015 $110,000
Plant Engineer Ole Mexican Foods, Inc. Norcross, GA Sep 02, 2016 $110,000
Plant Engineer DRAX Biomass Inc. Bastrop, LA Feb 09, 2016 $110,000
Chemical Engineer-Process Engineering BP America Inc. Naperville, IL Aug 01, 2014 $108,000
Plant Engineer ACGE USA LLC Rockwood, TN Jan 10, 2016 $105,600
Plant Engineer Sovena USA, Inc. Rome, NY Sep 10, 2014 $105,000 -
$125,000
Senior Chemical Process Engineer Heliotrope Technologies, Inc. Berkeley, CA Apr 15, 2013 $105,000
Senior Chemical Process Engineer Alcoa, Inc. Point Comfort, TX Mar 10, 2014 $88,000
Chemical Process Engineer Yezak Technical Staffing, Inc. Houston, TX May 01, 2014 $87,654
Chemical Process Engineer Yezak Technical Staffing, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 01, 2015 $87,654
Chemical Process Engineer Yezak Technical Staffing, Inc. Houston, TX May 01, 2015 $87,654
Chemical Process Engineer Yezak Technical Staffing, Inc. Houston, TX Apr 01, 2014 $87,654
Chemical/Process Engineer Chemic Engineers & Constructors Inc. Hitchcock, TX Aug 16, 2014 $87,360
Hvdc Plant Engineer ABB Inc. Raleigh, NC Jun 05, 2015 $86,237 -
$134,300
Plant Engineer Calenergy Operating Corporation Calipatria, CA Sep 07, 2013 $85,966 -
$95,000
Plant Engineer Fabcon Precast, LLC Savage, MN Aug 26, 2015 $76,690
Plant Engineer Praxair, Inc. Burr Ridge, IL Aug 26, 2016 $75,504
Plant Engineer Tic Gums, Inc. MD Aug 09, 2013 $75,000 -
$95,000
C&Q Process Chemical Engineer Techno Pro Solutions, Inc. PA May 20, 2015 $75,000
Chemical/Process Engineer Conecsus, LLC Terrell, TX Jun 30, 2014 $75,000
Chemical Process Engineer B/E Aerospace, Inc. Lenexa, KS Aug 23, 2015 $75,000 -
$92,000
Plant Vehicle Team Engineer Aerotek, Inc. Avon Lake, OH Jun 22, 2015 $74,902

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Top Skills for A Plant Engineer

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  1. Safety
  2. Facility
  3. Procedures
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  • Supervised contractor personnel, guide them to follow the company safety standards meanwhile meet milestones established by project management methodology.
  • Performed work measurements, illumination and feasibility studies, accounting/cost control functions, facility layout & location and quality control operations.
  • Prepare written communications for installation procedures, review and create concept to construction drawings, also coordinate engineering changes during construction.
  • Directed plant maintenance activities including equipment repair, preventative maintenance programs, safety programs and new equipment selection.
  • Supervised contractors and maintenance work forces, researched and supplied technical and advisory support for plant operations and maintenance department.

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