Manufacturing Engineer

Job Description

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.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Evaluate manufacturing processes and workflows to identify opportunities for improvement
  • Apply a working knowledge of product design and assembly to the manufacturing process
  • Create processes and procedures to help the company meet budgetary and performance goals
  • Alongside the creative team, design and develop new products and product mock-ups
  • Participate in cross-departmental meetings to ensure collaboration
  • Establish effective and efficient work sequences
  • Solve existing manufacturing problems
  • Develop standardized design criteria for all products

Education and Background

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, process engineering, or a related field.

Some employers prefer a master’s degree or Ph.D. for certain positions or career advancement.

Skills and Competencies

  • Analytical, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills
  • Teamwork and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong technical writing ability
  • Expertise in working with engineering and computer-assisted design software
  • Demonstrated skill in solving highly technical problems
  • Advanced knowledge of production machinery and processes
  • Proficiency in computer technology and systems operations

Compensation

According to Payscale the median annual salary of a Manufacturing Engineer with

1 year of experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $60,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $70,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $65,000
  • Miami, Florida: $70,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $73,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $72,000
  • Houston, Texas: $75,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $72,000
  • New York, New York: $70,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $80,000
  • Overall: $74,000

5 years of experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $75,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $76,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $76,000
  • Miami, Florida: $80,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $85,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $84,000
  • Houston, Texas: $90,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $85,000
  • New York, New York: $88,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $90,000
  • Overall: $85,000

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Career Path

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, process engineering, or a related field. Some employers prefer a master’s degree or Ph.D. for certain positions or career advancement. Job candidates can make themselves more attractive to employers by obtaining a certification such as Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE) from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), especially when it comes to career advancement into supervisory or management positions.

Position Trends

According to the industry website Industry Today, one major trend in the Manufacturing Engineering field is the increased use of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI). This technology will allow companies to gather more data about production processes and offer many opportunities to improve manufacturing efficiency. Another trend in manufacturing is distributed manufacturing, the process of assembling and packaging end products near their final destination. This concept will help companies save on shipping costs and increase customer responsiveness. 

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Industrial Engineering field (which includes Manufacturing Engineers) is expected to grow by eight percent between 2018 and 2028. That’s faster than average.

Typical Hours

The typical work hours for a Manufacturing Engineer are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, some Manufacturing Engineers may work non-traditional hours, depending on the needs of their company.

Where You Can Find Jobs

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  • Glassdoor
  • Indeed
  • LinkedIn
  • Monster 
  • Zip Recruiter
  • Engineering.com
  • Engineering Jobs
  • National Society of Professional Engineers

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