Production and Process Engineers

Production and process engineers advise on and direct technical aspects of production programmes to ensure cost-effectiveness and efficiency. This unit group incorporates: planning and quality control engineers who plan production schedules, work sequences, and manufacturing and processing procedures to ensure accuracy, quality and reliability; and chemical engineers who undertake research on commercial scale chemical processes and processed products, design and provide specifications and direct the construction, operation, maintenance and repair of chemical plants and control systems.


New workers

New workers start around £24,582. Normal pay is £41,795 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £62,932.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 39,003 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Designs, controls and constructs process plants to manufacture products.

  • Undertakes research and develops processes to achieve physical and/or chemical change for oil, pharmaceutical, synthetic, plastic, food and other products.

  • Liaises with materials buying, storing and controlling departments to ensure a steady flow of supplies.

  • Advises management on and ensures effective implementation of new production methods, techniques and equipment.

  • Investigates and eliminates potential hazards and bottlenecks in production.

  • Devises and implements production control methods to monitor operational efficiency.

  • Recommends optimum equipment and layout and prepares drawings and specifications.

  • Studies existing and alternative production methods, regarding work flow, plant layout, types of machinery and cost.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Project Management

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Boilers

  • Process Engineering

  • Auditing

  • Manufacturing Processes

  • Electrical Engineering

  • Field Service Management

  • Machinery

  • New Product Development

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Problem Solving

  • Management

  • Customer Service

  • Operations

  • Planning

  • Detail Oriented

  • Innovation

  • Leadership

  • Self-Motivation

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.