Plant Layout Designer

Plant Layout Designers Optimize Facilities for Safe and Effective Flow of Work

Two Men Walking in a Manufacturing PlantOne of the important aspects to any successful manufacturing operation is the capability to generate high-volume outputs in the shortest possible time; the sooner their products are on the market/sold, in the largest quantity/number of units, the greater the revenue.

Although this may seem like a rather straightforward business process to the uninitiated, it is not as easy as setting up a production/assembly line, feeding in the raw materials or connecting the appropriate parts, packaging the finished products, and shipping them to the distributor, retailer, or end-user. There is much more to the flow of a manufacturing process than one might imagine or observe; in fact, without the input of a plant layout designer, the production or assembly process may more closely resemble the erratic or disjointed motions of carnival bumper cars or pinball machines.

A plant layout designer has the important responsibility of planning/organizing a facility or factory to optimize production process efficiencies with respect to:

  • Cost
  • Time
  • Safety

Consequently, an effective plant layout ensures the smooth flow of work by planning and positioning the following in the most effective manner:

  • Staff
  • Materials
  • Machinery
  • Information
  • Support Systems

Some of the specific considerations that are often encompassed within the role of a plant layout designer will include:

  • Materials Flow – eliminate backtracking or bottlenecks to save time/money
  • Materials Management – ease-of-access for systematic and simple handling
  • Production Flexibility – ability to easily change set-ups for different products
  • Space Utilization – e.g. proper width of traffic lanes, full use of vertical space
  • Communication – systematic location of departments to facilitate interactions
  • Shipping and Receiving – inclusion of satisfactory space to operate efficiently
  • Employee Morale – plant must adhere to occupational health/safety standards
  • Long-Range Planning relative to future expansion or changing business needs

Educational requirements for the role of plant layout designer are typically an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in engineering technology or related technical field. A proficiency in computer-aided design software applications (AutoCad) would be of particular benefit in this role.

Placement Specialist Can Help Direct the Search for a Plant Layout Designer Job

Two Men Walking in a Manufacturing PlantFor those in search of first-time entry into the field of plant layout design, apprenticeship opportunities can play a pivotal role in establishing the level of knowledge and practical experience necessary for ultimate success in this role; this avenue might be available as part of post-secondary programs or offered by employers as part of on-the-job training.

In these cases, the prospects of obtaining an apprenticeship position can be enhanced by collaborating with the professional placement consultants from Winters Technical Staffing in Toronto, a leading staffing agency for the engineering sector for over 40 years. These specialists have developed and maintained an extensive network of contacts throughout this sector, and thus will often have knowledge of apprenticeship opportunities that may not be advertised and/or available to candidates seeking such roles by their own means.

Supported by this networking, and by the direction/support offered by the consultants at Winters Technical Staffing, candidates for plant layout designer jobs can strengthen their overall search efforts, including refining their resume content and interview preparations, and thereby increase their probability of success.

For the past four-plus decades, Winters Technical Staffing has been helping candidates in search of engineering-related jobs, including plant layout designer positions, best suited to their skill set, experience, and career aspirations. For additional information on the specialization of Winters Technical Staffing in relation to engineering jobs, please go to.

Contact Winters Today

If you are looking to establish or further your experience as a plant layout designer, call the job placement professionals at Winters Technical Staffing at 416-495-7422 today to arrange a consultation on how we can help support your search efforts.