Product lifecycle management, or PLM, consists of many differing concepts and takes into consideration the effective management and collection of information related to the processes and data necessary to design, produce, validate, support, maintain and the disposal of engineering products, (in this context.)
PLM is often used as something of an ‘umbrella’ term as it includes engineering CAD and a process, designed to streamline both collaboration and communication between stakeholders, engineers, designers, manufacturers, quality control as well as other key disciplines.
Necessary disciplines for moving into Lifecycle Management
Being in ‘PLM’ means that you would help to track information which is related to the safety and control of engineering components, especially in the aerospace industries. A working knowledge of configuration management (CM), electronic data management systems (EDMS), and product data management (PDM) would be useful.
For you to create a robust PLM framework, which would improve the development and management of Engineering Bill of Materials (EBOM), Manufacturing Bill of Materials (MBOM), you would need good management skills; the ability to source; create effective document storage, be able to collaborate well and create a good workflow – these are all areas which are essential to product development.
PLM covers a product's lifecycle, and also integrates cross-discipline product development, as well as manufacturing and field service, and so it’s necessary to enable good collaboration as well as flexible processes across the enterprise. The ability to communicate well is essential as you would be speaking with suppliers, customers, service/maintenance as well as other interested stakeholders.
What kind of jobs can I move into?
There are a variety of interesting positions available within the umbrella of PLM, including such positions as:
|Helicopter Records / Lease Consultant - this role would require the following skills:
|Planning Engineer - This role would require that you can understand and properly implement processes and procedures.
Key responsibilities include:
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