Production or process engineer

Production and process engineers advise on and direct technical aspects of production programmes to ensure cost-effectiveness and efficiency. This unit group incorporates: planning and quality control engineers who plan production schedules, work sequences, and manufacturing and processing procedures to ensure accuracy, quality and reliability; and chemical engineers who undertake research on commercial scale chemical processes and processed products, design and provide specifications and direct the construction, operation, maintenance and repair of chemical plants and control systems.

Tasks

  • Designs, controls and constructs process plants to manufacture products.
  • Undertakes research and develops processes to achieve physical and/or chemical change for oil, pharmaceutical, synthetic, plastic, food and other products.
  • Liaises with materials buying, storing and controlling departments to ensure a steady flow of supplies.
  • Advises management on and ensures effective implementation of new production methods, techniques and equipment.
  • Investigates and eliminates potential hazards and bottlenecks in production.
  • Devises and implements production control methods to monitor operational efficiency.
  • Recommends optimum equipment and layout and prepares drawings and specifications.
  • Studies existing and alternative production methods, regarding work flow, plant layout, types of machinery and cost.

Typical Education Level

Honours, Bachelor's degree

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 17% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£37,274

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for production or process engineer is £37,274

1,436 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 1,436. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

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Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for production or process engineer roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £37,274 per year. That is about £3,106 per month or £19.11 per hour. New workers generally start on £23,275, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £56,014

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 1,436 people are employed in the region.

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