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Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

EMPLOYED

39,400

PART-TIME SHARE

6%

FEMALE SHARE

4%

MEDIAN WEEKLY EARNINGS

$2,151

MEDIAN AGE

37

ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT GROWTH

700

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers design, organise and oversee the construction, operation and maintenance of mechanical and process plant and installations, establish programs for the coordination of manufacturing activities, and ensure usage of resources is cost effective.

  • Studying functional statements, organisational charts and project information to determine functions and responsibilities of workers and work units and to identify areas of duplication
  • Establishing work measurement programs and analysing work samples to develop standards for labour utilisation
  • Analysing workforce utilisation, facility layout, operational data and production schedules and costs to determine optimum worker and equipment efficiencies
  • Designing mechanical equipment, machines, components, products for manufacture, and plant and systems for construction
  • Developing specifications for manufacture, and determining materials, equipment, piping, material flows, capacities and layout of plant and systems
  • Organising and managing project labour and the delivery of materials, plant and equipment
  • Establishing standards and policies for installation, modification, quality control, testing, inspection and maintenance according to engineering principles and safety regulations
  • Inspecting plant to ensure optimum performance is maintained
  • Directing the maintenance of plant buildings and equipment, and coordinating the requirements for new designs, surveys and maintenance schedules
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    Earnings and Hours

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)
    Source: Share of workers who work full-time hours: ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2023, four-quarter average, customised report.
    Average full-time hours worked per week: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Median full-time earnings per week and Median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2023, customised report.
    Earnings and Hours Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers All Occupations
    Share of workers who work full-time hours 94% 70%
    Average full-time hours worked per week 43 hours 44 hours
    Median full-time earnings per week $2,151 $1,697
    Median hourly earnings $58 $43

    Industries

    Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers work in industries like:

    Source: Ranked using ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2023, four-quarter average data, custom report.

    States and territories

    New South Wales

    25.5%

    Victoria

    34.2%

    Queensland

    15.0%

    South Australia

    6.4%

    Tasmania

    1.4%

    Northern Territory

    0.4%

    Australian Capital Territory

    0.9%

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Detailed, February 2024, Jobs and Skills Australia trend data.

    Age and gender

    Age and Gender Profile
    Source: ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2023, four-quarter average, customised report.
    Age and Gender Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers All Occupations
    Median age 37 years 39 years
    Female share of employment 4% 48%
    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Age Profile (% Share) All Occupations Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers
    15–19 5.2 0.3
    20–24 9.1 6.0
    25–34 22.7 34.0
    35–44 22.3 27.3
    45–54 20.4 17.0
    55–59 8.8 6.6
    60–64 6.5 4.8
    65 and Over 4.9 4.1

    Education

    Registration may be required in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.

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    • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Highest Level of Educational Attainment (% Share) All Occupations Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 12.2 23.4
    Bachelor degree 23.2 56.1
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma 11.1 7.4
    Certificate III/IV 19.5 7.3
    Year 12 15.9 3.0
    Year 11 4.0 0.2
    Year 10 and below 9.7 0.5
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