|Research and Development
Many manufacturing enterprises will conduct research and development (R and D) into product and process development and improvement, and some may have a dedicated team to do so. The type of work carried out by an R and D team will vary depending on the manufacturing venture. Research and development workers and researchers will generally carry out work under the supervision of an R and D manager. Research and development managers plan, administer and review the research and development program and activities of an organisation. Working for a manufacturing organisation, an R and D manager will usually head up a team of researchers and others developing new products and processes. Those working in R and D may work in almost any sector of manufacturing,
Research and development managers may…
Research and development workers and managers usually work indoors in an office environment within their own organisations. Their work may also involve working on the factory floor or ‘on site'. Their working hours are usually ‘regular' although they may be long when working to deadlines or on special projects.
To work in entry-level occupations in research and development you will usually require a qualification such as a Diploma of Engineering (Technical) or an Advanced Diploma of Engineering. A research and development manager will usually need to have completed a Degree.
Of course, with experience, and possibly further training, you can continue to progress further along a career pathway that could see you in a number of senior management positions.
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