A production engineer is responsible for monitoring that the right production levels are met. A production engineer has to ensure that work is efficiently carried out and thus the right levels of out puts are produced. The engineer spearheads the outputs and ensures that they adhere to production standards.

Job description

A typical production engineer may work in a mass production firm or a batch production firm but since machines are being used in either case the work of a production engineer is similar. They have to ensure that the goods are produced at the right rates and highest quantities. They have to ensure that the machines are at the best efficiency so as to ensure that the cost of production is within the stipulated budget

Job duties

Duties of a production engineer include

  • Design and supervise new projects
  • Production planning, scheduling for manufacturing equipment.
  • Handle day to day production issues with machineries
  • Liaise closely with all departments on fulfilling delivery requirement
  • Liaise and purchase raw material s from suppliers
  • Lead, train and guide the production team
  • Hands on when required at times of emergencies
  • They have to blame the resources of productions and and use it for the firm to optimize its profits
  • Plan and organize the daily production activities
  • Work closely with departments for process improvement and product quality assurance
  • Enforce and implement the ISO 90001:2000 Quality Management
  • Proactive, innovative, team player, analytical, with strong business acumen

Skills

A production engineer must possess the following technical and personal skills

  • Good personality and interpersonal skills
  • Computer skills, including MS Office,Power point,etc
  • Able to work longer hours when required
  • Understand the concept of Lean Manufacturing 5’s and TQM and TPM
  • Experience in Welding Inventory Control and ERP system will be advantage
  • Strong in computer literacy
  • Hardworking dynamic and enjoy challenges
  • Proficiency on using engineering software

Working environment

A production engineer works mainly in a factory floor where production normally takes place. An engineer has to be in the factory of site to attend to emergencies during production. Sites may vary from one engineering job to another. Normally an office would be set aside for an engineer in the workshop or site to operate in.

Qualifications

To be a production engineer one has to have the following qualification

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering  or  a related engineering field
  • Preferably 2 years exposure in the HVA industry, though fresh graduates are encouraged to apply
  • Those who have carried out research in particular field have added advantage

Tips for the job

The following tips are helpful for a production engineer

  • Try and continuously assess the situation and progress of projects
  • Keep healthy relationship with all co workers
  • Be punctual and display professionalism in site and out of site
  • Keep tracking all news in field of production
  • Interest in taking details in projects.
  • Ability to work for long hours to complete any given task in good time
  • Self motivation and efficient delivery of work

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