What does a Plant Engineer do?

Plant engineers oversee the electrical mechanical systems of a manufacturing plant, from installation to troubleshooting. They are called upon to improve the plant’s efficiency, upgrade to new technologies, repair equipment, increase production, and reduce manufacturing issues including bottlenecks. They conduct routine tests, evaluate plant machinery, and fix problems promptly. They must review operational plans to ensure the machinery and processes meet compliance regulations.

Plant engineers review project plans and interpret developments throughout the process, giving advice and guidance for necessary changes. They must ensure the facility complies with relevant regulations and conduct regular checkups to verify the machinery and operations are safe. They also develop operational plans for projects including renovation or construction or maintenance and machine installation. Plant engineers need a minimum bachelor's degree in mechanical, electrical, or industrial engineering.

What responsibilities are common for Plant Engineer jobs?
  • Assist in the development and implementation of the annual capital budget.
  • Communicate consistently with the project manager, client and contractor.
  • Compile plant data to generate reports in compliance with state and federal regulations for reporting
  • Coordinate plant treatment process control testing and proper calibration of online analytical equipment.
  • Perform independent research to optimize performance of water treatment, wastewater treatment processes.
  • Lead construction administration duties such as documenting activities and providing oversight.
  • Stay informed concerning new manufacturing technologies and equipment in order to manufacture and reduce cost through efficiencies.
  • Ensure vendors/subcontractors are manufacturing products according to product specifications.
  • Attend staff meetings, in-services and other campus activities as needed.
  • Maintain and develop plant drawings, standards and procedures as appropriate.
  • Manage, develop, trains, coaches, and evaluate direct reports.
  • Ensure that plant systems are maintained through the administration of a preventive maintenance system.
  • Maintain of tools and equipment to promotes safety and proper work habits by staff.
  • Serve as project or task manager for large scale projects with minimal support.
  • Prepare and revises chemical, material, and service contract specifications, reviews bids, recommends awarding of contracts, and acts as project manager representative of contracts.
  • Supervise and Direct plant engineers, civil engineers, first line supervisors, engineering assistants various plant staff and interns assigned to the facility.
  • Keep current with industry metering and measuring equipment. evaluate the need for new equipment to maintain plant proficiency and requisitions materials, tools, chemicals and equipment as required by the task for the plant.
  • Recommend allocation of budgeted funds and requests approval for major expenditures, authorizes petty cash outlays and payment requests upon approval, and initiates field purchase orders.
  • Assist with preparing the annual fiscal budget reports and various financial monthly and annual reports. participate in the long-range planning, organization and direction of activities relating to the operation and improvements to the plants and collection facilities/distribution facilities to maximize performance while minimizing cost and environmental impact.
What are the typical qualifications for Plant Engineer jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree or Graduate's Degree in an engineering discipline.
  • Advanced proficiency with AutoCAD and other CAD programs.
  • Demonstrated meticulous attention to detail and problem-solving abilities.
  • Confident in leadership capabilities.
  • Comfortable with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Basic understanding of Six Sigma principles.
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Plant Engineer make?

$107,212 /yr
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“If your salary equates to 18 dollars an hour by years end it will be 12 to 14.”

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