Production or plant engineers are responsible for design, construction, performance and maintenance of equipment and machines in industrial plants.

Where production or plant engineers are employed

Production or plant engineers usually work indoors in factories. They may also spend time in the office or outdoors if working on construction projects.


Full-time production or plant engineers in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.

Graph of pay scales for Production Engineer

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 256 people employed full-time as production or plant engineers in South Australia compared with 236 in 2006.

How to become one

Usually you need a degree in engineering with a major in manufacturing or mechanical engineering production. At school consider doing English, maths, physics and/or chemistry. For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia, visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Check South Australian Universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities, visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

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