Plant Engineer Salary
Job Description for Plant Engineer
A plant engineer works at the manufacturing or assembly facility in a management and supervisory position. They generally oversee operations and - depending on their company and whether it employs a senior plant engineer - may have the final say on how relevant manufacturing plant functions are performed.Read More...
The plant engineer works constantly with all machinery and robotics used in the manufacturing process to ensure they work at peak efficiency and safety. They monitor performance of this equipment and ensure that maintenance engineering personnel keep it operating properly. Plant engineers also monitor employee performance metrics and adjust staffing as necessary, as well as make any needed changes to the processes and procedures to ensure peak efficiency in the plant. Additionally, the plant manager works with the various departments in the facility (such as quality control, design, logistics, and maintenance) to ensure that all products manufactured in the plant adhere to company and product standards. Plant managers normally work during regular business hours in the assembly or manufacturing center they supervise. For large operations that do multishift assembly (such as automotive assembly operations), the plant manager may be assigned to evening or overnight shifts.
To be a plant engineer, a person must have a bachelor’s degree in mechanical, electrical, or industrial engineering. Large plants and facilities - or for positions in which the plant manager is given full authority over a facility - likely require post-baccalaureate education as well. Additionally, this position normally requires on-the-job experience in middle management in manufacturing facilities.
Plant Engineer Tasks
- Trains and assists plant personnel in safety and quality control procedures.
- Reviews project plan including cost estimates, timelines, and blueprints; interpret and recommend changes to plans.
- Ensures facility compliance with regulatory requirements, and continuous and relation operation.
- Develops operational plans for facility projects; such as construction or renovation, HVAC, maintenance and machine installation.
Common Career Paths for Plant Engineer
Although it's unusual, some Plant Engineers transition into jobs as Manufacturing Engineering Managers. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $95K per year, though. Many Plant Engineers choose to become Mechanical Engineers and Maintenance Managers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $18K less and $22K less, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Plant Engineer
Plant Engineers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Budget Management, Project Management, and autodesk autocad are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Engineering Design. Those familiar with Plant Maintenance also tend to know Budget Management and Engineering Design.
Pay by Experience Level for Plant Engineer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $70K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $86K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $97K in this role. Plant Engineers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $92K.