Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

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Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

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.

Fun facts

  • Moderate Future Growth
  • 2410 Weekly Pay Before Tax
  • 92% full-time Full-Time Share
  • 7% female Gender Share


There are many tasks done by industrial, mechanical and production engineers. A few are listed below:

  • 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

Specific occupations

  • Industrial Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Production or Plant Engineer
  • Process Engineer (Industrial)
  • Airconditioning Engineer
  • Building Services Engineer
  • Heating and Ventilation Engineer
  • Automation and Control Engineer

Women in STEM

Romy Mayer

"I loved maths in school, but I wasn’t sure what kind of job I could get with that. I wanted an exciting job but, in my mind, everything related to maths sounded so boring. When I finished high school, I didn’t know what to study – I thought engineering was only about big machines and working in a man’s world. "

Romy Mayer

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Jane Macmaster

"Technology is everywhere, systems are everywhere. And anywhere there is technology and systems, there are engineers. It’s an exciting time to be an engineer."

Jane MacMaster

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