Production Engineer

Some experiences in Skill Assessment for the Production Engineer occupation.

Recently, unit occupation group 2335, including Industrial, Mechanical, and Production Engineers, has been added to NSW Skilled Occupation List and considered as Priority Occupations. Hence, we would like to share with you some experiences in Skill Assessment for the Production Engineer occupation.

👉Production or Plant Engineer (ANZSCO 233513) can also be known as Production Engineer. They oversee the planning, directing, and coordinating of the design, construction, modification, continued performance, and maintenance of equipment and machines in production plants.

👉The Production Engineer is also responsible for managing and planning manufacturing activities to meet product requirements for businesses and clients in the requested periods.

Thus, the difference between a Production Engineer and a Mechanical Engineer or an Industrial Engineer is that the Production manages and plans manufacturing activities to ensure optimal production processes at industrial plants. Furthermore, the occupation requires candidates to have relevant experience in working in the industrial production process to meet competency requirements.  

 This also means that studying for an accredited engineering degree does not guarantee qualifying Production Engineer’s competency, although this occupation is categorized in the same unit group as Mechanical Engineer and Industrial Engineer. Hence, the CDR pathway is more viable for obtaining positive skill assessment as a Production Engineer.

  1. Unit Group 2335 – Mechanical and Industrial Engineers are categorized in the same group as Production Engineer occupations. Mechanical Engineers with backgrounds in equipment operations and technical maintenance for production equipment at industrial plants can qualify as Production engineers.
  2. Unit Group 2331 – Chemical and Material Engineer: this is the pathway for candidates working in chemical, pharmaceutical, oil refinery, and food production processes. A specific example includes an engineer working in the petroleum cracking process to produce fuel and lubricant by applying chemical engineering knowledge in production processes. The second example comes from a client working in pharmaceuticals’ quality control/quality assurance section to ensure the production process meets the client’s specifications.
  3. Unit Group 2333 – Electrical Engineer: one of our clients has filed 15 years of work experience in manufacturing and operating electronic equipment in the process, from selecting raw materials to assembly operations, inspecting, and maintaining electrical equipment and systems for the related production equipment.
  1. Unit Group 2332 – Civil Engineering Professional. Civil Engineers work on civil engineering projects such as public transport, irrigation, water, sewerage systems, etc. Therefore, the production factor is less prominent for these groups.
  1. Unit Group 2633 – Telecommunications Engineering Professionals. They mostly plan, design, build, configure, and commission telecommunication devices, networks, and systems to improve communications. The production factor is less prominent in this group.  
  1. Unit Group 2339 – Other Engineering Professional includes Aeronautical Engineers, Agricultural Engineers, Biomedical Engineers, Engineering Technologists, Environmental Engineers, and Naval Architects. Most occupations in this unit group have specific professional experiences in aviation, healthcare, environment, and marine. Furthermore, these engineers have unique methods to solve their particular engineering problems.  Thus, the production factor is less relevant in these groups.

Liam – Technical Writer – Skill Direct

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