Manufacturing companies frequently have a large number of pieces of machinery and automation that must function at peak efficiency at all times. The person who ensures that these machines work as intended is a maintenance and engineering manager. These managers oversee all aspects of the manufacturing site itself, and they help ensure best practices to maintain productivity and worker safety are followed.
The maintenance and engineering manager helps maintain production benchmarks. This involves regular analysis of the utility and application of automated and machine processes, as well as making necessary adjustments to improve efficiency. The engineering manufacturer may also be a first-line consult on renovation, improvement, and capital expenditures related to machinery and mechanical processes. They may be called upon to provide statistical analysis of various mechanical improvements to assess costs and benefits.
In the "maintenance" aspect of the position, the engineering manager likely conducts regular inspections of all mechanical processes and machinery in the plant. The manager assesses them for any flaws related to efficiency or worker safety, and then they work to correct these defects in a timely manner.
Most companies require at least a bachelor's degree in mechanical or industrial engineering for this position. Larger companies may require postgraduate education or extensive experience in manufacturing or mechanical engineering processes as well.
The engineering manager works regular business hours in some situations; however, some organizations prefer to have at least one maintenance and engineering manager on duty during all plant operating hours. Thus, for companies performing three-shift production runs over 24 hours, the manager may be required to work any of those shifts as necessitated by the employer.
Maintenance and Engineering Manager Tasks
- Oversee safety and appearance of facilities and equipment.
- Determine priorities and equipment needs for maintenance and repairs.
- Train and enforce safety procedures and all applicable regulations.
- Supervise the maintenance staff and schedule for preventative and critical tasks.
- Track and document all maintenance, upgrades, and repairs, including budget.