Central to all production activity, Production Engineers are the preferred liaison point between management and operations. They see to it that objectives are reached by controlling costs, deadlines, volumes and quality. They are also responsible for introducing and enforcing operating procedures with due regard for safety rules and regulations and environmental requirements.
WHAT DOES THIS PERSON DO?
Keeps an eye on the entire production chain!
Production Engineers have multiple responsibilities and control production from start to finish. They help to set up budgets for production operations and ensure that the budget is followed. They coordinate and control the planning of each production step. They oversee the shift-to-shift handovers of operations and ensure that everyone uses the same work methods. When new equipment is needed in the production process, Production Engineers must make the suggestion and follow through on it.
Two catchwords: Safety and quality!
Production Engineers participate actively in their respective department’s approach to safety and security. They perform risk analyses and audits. They minimise the environmental impact of operations and introduce the corrective measures needed to do so. They set the direction for the continuous improvement of the process.
What are the essential qualities?
Attention to detail and sense of responsibility
In order to handle various types of problems, Production Engineers must have good analysis and synthesis skills. Assuming responsibility, often quickly, calls for initiative. They also set the example for Safety. Indeed, they are the go-to people if there are any questions about the standards for safety, hygiene, environment and regulations.
Likes working with others
Production Engineers work jointly with professionals from different sectors and various cultural settings.
The conventional path
After obtaining a fairly scientific bac, it is necessary to prepare for the competitive entrance exams for the conventional industrial engineering schools (e.g., Arts et Métiers) or for the generalist engineering schools. These schools are in France; however, it is possible to complete the qualifying courses in New Caledonia, at Lycée Jules-Garnier. This is followed by three years of studies at the engineering school.
Scientific bac => qualifying courses for the major schools => entrance competition for engineering school
The roads less travelled
There are other educational routes that lead to the profession of Production Engineer.
• One option is to earn a technical BTS (vocational training certificate) and from there complete qualifying courses for an ATS (senior technician adjustment), and from there write the entrance exam for an engineering school.
General or technical bac technique => BTS=> qualifying courses for ATS=> entrance competition for engineering school.
Note: qualifying courses for ATS are offered in New Caledonia, at Lycée Jules Garnier.
• University is another option, but it is recommended that students major in the sectors related to production management.
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