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

Position summary:

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.

Essential functions:

  • 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

Role qualifications

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

Physical Demands:

  • 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

Work Environment:

  • 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

Job purpose

  • 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.

Job authority

  • 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

Key duties

  • 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.

Essential function

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

Experience level

Entry Level

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.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$69,700$94,300
Los Angeles, California$78,650$106,400 
Denver, Colorado$65,550$88,700
Washington, DC$79,850$108,000
Miami, Florida$65,250 $88,250 
Orlando, Florida$60,200$81,400 
Tampa, Florida$60,800 $82,250
Atlanta, Georgia$63,750 $86,250 
Chicago, Illinois$73,300 $99,150
Boston, Massachusetts$79,250$107,200 
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$63,150 $85,450 
New York City, New York$83,400 $112,850 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$67,950 $91,900
Dallas, Texas$66,150 $89,500 
Houston, Texas$65,550$88,700
Seattle, Washington$76,250 $103,200 
National Average$59,600$80,600 

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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