Capacity planning engineers are responsible for determining a company's production capacity and ensuring that the correct amount of work is performed to maintain the most effective operating capacity; this also extends to materials and man-hours, as small mistakes in the number of products produced can lead to millions of dollars in losses.
It is essential for companies to understand how much to invest in labor and materials when producing goods. If the manufacturing process exceeds demand by even a small percentage, this difference is multiplied several times over when applied to the full scale of the company's numerous factories. Capacity planning engineers typically work during regular office hours with factory workers, office staff, and management personnel, and may report to a supervisor or project leader. Daily tasks also include minimizing discrepancies in production outputs contained in computer logs, paperwork, and other management software.
A bachelor's degree in civil engineering and at least two years of professional engineering experience are generally required for this position, and general technical knowledge of computers is also necessary. Capacity planning engineers may attend meetings with other staff and perform inspections and walkthroughs to check on facility output on a regular basis, and they usually maintain a vigorous full-time schedule with some occasional overtime in emergency circumstances, such as those involving deadlines.
Capacity Planning Engineer Tasks
Define resource requirements and identify problems, obstacles and needs.
Build forecast models and create specifications for planned growth.
Monitor performance and investigate problems, creating remediation plans.
Create optimization and strategic plans to improve performance and service.