Reports to: Engineering Manager; General Manager; Factory/Manufacturing Manager

Main objectives: Carries out research on, and designs and advises on mechanically functioning plant and equipment. Plans and supervises their development, maintenance, construction, installation, operation and repair.

Typical functions and responsibilities:

  • Study operating requirements for mechanically functioning plant and equipment, and engage in research and development work.
  • Design plant and equipment, prepares working drawings (by means of conventional draughting machines or computer aided design (CAD) equipment), specification, instruction and parts manuals and procurement advice and may supervise technical aspects of manufacturing processes.
  • Develop specifications for manufacture, and determine materials, equipment, piping, material flows, capacities and layout of plant and systems.
  • Ensure compliance with all statutory and regulatory requirements as to safe operation, noise, pollution or other environmental factors.
  • Analyse workforce utilisation, facility layout, operational data and production schedules and costs to determine optimum worker and equipment efficiencies.
  • Examine, analyse and report on malfunction, breakdown or failures of mechanical plant or components to determine cause and remedy.
  • Direct the maintenance and repair of mechanically functioning plant and equipment, and coordinate the requirements for new designs, surveys and maintenance schedules.
  • Establish standards and policies for installation, modification, quality control, testing, inspection and maintenance according to engineering principles and safety regulations.

Typical qualifications and experience: Three to four year university degree in Mechanical Engineering or recognised and approved equivalent qualifications and/or registration. Design, mechanical, organisational, problem-solving skills.