Manufacturing EngineerJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends
A manufacturing engineer develops, evaluates, and improves manufacturing processes, ensuring that products meet the correct specifications. The job requires knowledge of product design, fabrication, assembly, tooling, and materials. Manufacturing engineers also design testing methods to ensure product and process quality.
Manufacturing engineers need to be skilled at planning and analytical thinking. They have to calculate production, labor, and material costs, as well as estimate future needs in those areas. Manufacturing engineers are also responsible for coordinating maintenance for the equipment involved in the production process.
Sample job description #1
Responsible for developing and improving effective manufacturing processes at the company, in line with the company strategic planning, quality policy, and the quality management system, including, defect prevention, inspection, process control and all regulatory activities such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and TS 16949. This position is also responsible for productivity improvements within our operations department, as well as new product launch support.
Drives and creates continuous improvement activities
Develops, prepares, and/or maintains documentation pertaining to manufacturing processes, systems operation, product development, and other technical processes
Develops and drives implementation of best practices, routines, and innovative solutions to improve production rates and quality of output. Scope includes but is not limited to scrap reduction, cycle time reduction, downtime reduction, FPY increase, OEE increase, 0km and warranty ppm reduction, etc.
Gathers and collects data from production lines to aid in decision making and process improvement effort prioritization
Researches, reviews, and collects available technical information as a basis for documentation
Supports quality initiatives and work with team to develop the necessary poke yokes to improve quality
Designs, implements, and maintains procedures relating to efficient manufacturing practices for the molding and stamping area with a focus toward Lean initiatives
Creates new documentation or updates existing documentation to accurately reflect changes in a product or process
Assists in the development of manufacturing work flow, line layouts, or floor plans
Documents procedures and ensures standard work is being followed
Tracks process parameters and ensures standard work is up to date and being followed
Performs all other duties as assigned
Skills, Abilities and Other Requirements:
Ability to work with minimal supervision
Ability to read and interpret drawings
Good understanding of drawing requirements and bills of material
Excellent computer skills
Strong communication skills, to include spoken, written, and presentation skills
Strong structured problem solving skills and critical thinking capability
Strong accuracy with attention to detail
Education and Experience:
College graduate with Bachelor’s degree required, with Engineering or Business degrees preferred
Solid business, financial, and project management skills
Good mix of commercial and leadership skills as well as ability to communicate easily at both the technical and non-technical level
Demonstrated record of building and maintaining effective working relationships with customers, peers, subordinates, and management
Physical demands and work environment
Must be able to stand, walk, sit, use hands to grasp, reach with arms, climb stairs, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk, and hear
Must be able to occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds Work environment is temperature controlled
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time and an air-conditioned and heated office. The noise level is moderate. The factory floor is in the same building as the main office.
Sample job description #2
Integrate new tools, systems, and machines. Establishes and develops new processes through experimentation. Review, adjust, and troubleshoot existing equipment in Secondary and Molding. Improves manufacturing and value-added processes.
Make changes to a process or equipment to improve the overall efficiency
To stop any job that creates an unsafe condition
To stop any job that is running out of specification.
Ensure work instructions are clear and complete with regard to direction needed to complete the job
Check data and prints to ensure the job is completed efficiently
Assist in establishing work instructions and workflow diagrams
Assist on continuous improvement projects
Ensure clear direction is understood on all duties
Maintain a clean and safe personal work area
Complete time tickets accurately on a daily basis and turn in at the end of the week
Continue to upgrade skills in all facets of manufacturing and secondary operations
Other responsibilities as specified by the Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Assist in developing new processes for Manufacturing and Secondary operations
Establish and troubleshoot processes through planned experimentation
Improve overall efficiency of a process thorough lean manufacturing and scrap reduction
Assist in design for manufacturing meetings to help develop automation
Basic fixture design and review in Solidworks
Assist in reviewing prints to determine manufacturing feasibility
Assist in creating job set up instructions for all existing jobs
Establish and adjust programs for Wittmann and UR Robots
Participate in secondary, product, and tool design review as needed
Initiate action to prevent occurrence of releasing non-conforming data
Assist with maintaining CAD software and hardware upgrades as required
Assist in run off of automation and secondary equipment. (Examples: function, safety, etc.)
Assemble and disassemble secondary equipment as applicable to skill level
Assist in overall operations of the Manufacturing engineering area as needed in such areas as cleaning, organizing, or other duties that may not be related to Engineering
Use Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
Use JMP or Minitab Statistical Software
Use Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator graphics software
Other duties as specified by the Manufacturing Engineering Manager or his designate
Sample job description #3
We are searching for a contract team member to fill a manufacturing engineering role. We do not have approval to hire yet because this is typically our slow time of year; however, we are extremely busy. If the sales stay strong we could potential hire this person sometime next year. I have attached the job duties and job description. Someone that just finished school that wants experience will be perfect. You can go the intern route or temp to hire route.
Lead manufacturing engineering, tooling department and maintenance functions in evaluating, improving, and controlling the plant efficiency and cost effectiveness of manufacturing operations through the effective use of facilities and equipment.
Duties and responsibilities
Recommend and/or approve changes for improved plant layout to ensure the most efficient flow of materials and traffic
Support manufacturing with routers, raw materials, and accurate costs for assigned products
Analyze production efficiencies, recommend, and approve improvements in equipment, design, and methods
Identify and implement plans for continuous flow manufacturing operations
Evaluate, plan, recommend, and approve the physical organization of production and warehouse areas
Compile information necessary for capital expenditures and budget preparations
Evaluate alternative production methods, determines and approves proper machine, human resources, training, and communication systems requirements.
Administer direct supervisory responsibilities for personnel including selection, hiring, training, performance evaluations, promotional recommendations, and work schedules
Provide guidance and personal counseling and keeps employees informed of policies, procedures, and operational changes
Perform all operational according to prescribed safety principles
Develop engineering team to become self-directed towards company goals and objectives
Perform all other duties as assigned
Process improvement, Design, Engineering
Additional skills & qualifications
Manufacturing Engineering technical degree
Average salary and compensation
The average salary for a manufacturing engineer is $70,100 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.
Los Angeles, California
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
New York City, New York
Sample interview questions
What is the role of a manufacturing engineer?
Can you describe a time when you executed a change and improved a specific product?
What was the least successful project you worked on?
How do you evaluate manufacturing processes?
What is value engineering?
How do you keep track of manufacturing activities and results?
How do you deal with employees who are reluctant to the changes you have made to a process?
Why do you want to work for us?
How do you ensure quality in the manufacturing process?
What is your biggest strength as a manufacturing engineer?
How do you keep up to date with manufacturing engineering trends?
What are the benefits and limitations of Six Sigma?
Do you have experience working with CNC machines?
What is lean manufacturing and how does it benefit an organization?
How do you ensure safety in the manufacturing plant?
Can you describe a typical day at work for you as a manufacturing engineer?
Can you explain what MES is and how it is used?
What challenges in the manufacturing process do you focus on for improvements you can design?
How do you calculate the cost of manufacturing work still in progress?
What is the difference between precision and accuracy?
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