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How to Become a

Manufacturing Engineer

Also Known as:
Manufacturing Director, Advanced Manufacturing Vice President, Plant Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Facility Engineer, Process Improvement Engineer, Advanced Manufacturing Engineer, Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Process Engineer, Manufacturing Engineering Director

What is a

Manufacturing Engineer

Manufacturing Engineers evaluate the process of manufacturing in a company, identify potential improvements, and create and implement solutions. They can work in many different types of facilities in any industry that manufactures products. Manufacturing Engineers' job duties may vary depending on the organization. Key job duties may include creating and overseeing standardized production procedures; maintaining all documentation for products, such as work instructions and revision drawings; and determining ways to minimize operating costs, such as equipment justification to enhance performance. Manufacturing process engineers may collaborate with colleagues on issues like cost projections and reduction, as well as run times. They may also interface with suppliers regarding the manufacturing process.
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Why Become

Manufacturing Engineer

U.S. Employment Demand Metrics
2018:
157,800
2028:
163,500
Percent Change:
4%
Projected Annual Job Openings:
11,700

Skills Needed

General Skills:
Complex Problem Solving Mathematics Reading Comprehension Active Listening Judgment and Decision Making
Technical Skills:
Analytical or scientific software Computer aided design CAD software Data base user interface and query software Electronic mail software Industrial control software

What Will You Do as a

Manufacturing Engineer

Determine causes of operational problems or failures. Resolve operational performance problems. Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes or products. Implement design or process improvements. Develop technical methods or processes. Determine operational methods. Provide technical guidance to other personnel. Design industrial processing systems.
U.S. Employment Demand Metrics
2018:
157,800
professionals
2028:
163,500
professionals
Percent Change:
4%
Projected Annual Job Openings:
11,700

How Much Can You Earn?

Average Yearly Salary
$79,040
Salary graph visually displaying average yearly salary.
$60,180
$79,040
$128,830

What Education Do You need?

People starting in this career usually have
Less than High School Diploma
0
%
High School Diploma or Equivalent
3
%
Some College, but No Degree
8
%
Associate's Degree
7
%
Bachelor's Degree
47
%
Masters Degree
27
%
Doctorate or Professional Degree
7
%

Common Past Positions

Industrial Engineering Technician Logistics Engineers

Common Next Positions

Mechanical Designer Aerospace Engineers Industrial Engineering Manager
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