Plant Engineer

Most plant engineers work in the industrial and manufacturing realm. They are responsible for developing several aspects of the manufacturing process. Some examples of duties that most plant engineers complete include working with a team of engineers to design construct and modify manufacturing and industrial machinery and equipment testing machinery to ensure that it is functioning properly and in the most cost-efficient manner as possible and overseeing the entire manufacturing process within a plant so that efficiency and productivity are always at their highest possible level. The key to success for most manufacturing and industrial plants is streamlining the production of products and plant engineers work to ensure that systems are as automated as possible which cuts down on labor costs and causes items to be produced quickly and efficiently. A growing number of plant engineers do not work in stereotypical “manufacturing plants”. Instead it is becoming more popular for plant engineers to work in a variety of industries including financial institutions health care corporations and other large organizations that need assistance with efficiency in operations and processing. The education path to a professional career as a plant engineer includes obtaining a bachelor’s degree in the field of engineering. Most aspiring plant engineers choose to major in mechanical engineering or another related subject area. According to www.ehow.com while certification is not always required it is available through the International Society of Automation. The website www.cbsalary.com lists the average annual salary for a plant engineer at $93175.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $86788.5
High Salary: $114055
Low Salary: $59522
Tasks: Enhances plant operations.
Observes production.
Creates systems to make a manufacturing plant more efficient.
Attempts to solve manufacturing problems using innovative engineering methods.
Also Called: Engineer
Manufacturing Engineer
Production Engineer
Industrial Engineer
Additional Resources: http://www.ehow.com/facts_5974122_job-description-plant-automation-engineer.html
http://www.careerplanner.com/DOT-Job-Descriptions/PLANT-ENGINEER.cfm
http://www.cbsalary.com/national-salary-chart.aspx?specialty=Plant%2BEngineer&kw=Plant%2BEngineer&jn=jn004&tid=2413