What does a Production Engineer do?

Production engineers supervise and improve production throughout plants or factories by supporting engineering teams, drafting safety protocols, reporting issues to management, and creating strategies that will enhance efficiency and profits. They supervise staff at the plant or factory and ensure all health and safety codes are followed throughout a shift. They train workers and how to use machinery and identify issues in a production line responsibly. When necessary, they will troubleshoot equipment.

Production engineers also complete administrative tasks including scheduling meetings with relevant departments and stakeholders, drawing production schedules and project budgets, and documenting and reporting unsafe practices. They supervise the process and ensure quality work is being done safely and efficiently, and diagnose issues on a production line while providing recommendations and training to remedy the problem. They stay apprised of advancements in engineering and production and share their knowledge willingly with coworkers. Production engineers need a degree in engineering and relevant licensing as well as experience with CAD software.

EducationBachelor's Degree
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Production Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$3,250 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $3K
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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a production engineer

When working as a production engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are FLEXSIM, Security Clearance, Delmia, CAD Software and Autonomous Systems.

The most similar professions to production engineer are:
  • Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Product Engineer

The most common qualifications to become a production engineer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.