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Working As A Machining Engineer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • $102,144

    Average Salary

What Does A Machining Engineer Do

Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes. They devise efficient systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.

Duties

Industrial engineers typically do the following:

  • Review production schedules, engineering specifications, process flows, and other information to understand methods that are applied and activities that take place in manufacturing and services
  • Figure out how to manufacture parts or products, or deliver services, with maximum efficiency
  • Develop management control systems to make financial planning and cost analysis more efficient
  • Enact quality control procedures to resolve production problems or minimize costs
  • Design control systems to coordinate activities and production planning in order to ensure that products meet quality standards
  • Confer with clients about product specifications, vendors about purchases, management personnel about manufacturing capabilities, and staff about the status of projects

Industrial engineers apply their skills to many different situations, from manufacturing to healthcare systems to business administration. For example, they design systems for

  • moving heavy parts within manufacturing plants
  • delivering goods from a company to customers, including finding the most profitable places to locate manufacturing or processing plants
  • evaluating job performance
  • paying workers

Industrial engineers focus on how to get the work done most efficiently, balancing many factors, such as time, number of workers needed, available technology, actions workers need to take, achieving the end product with no errors, workers’ safety, environmental concerns, and cost.

To find ways to reduce waste and improve performance, industrial engineers study product requirements carefully. Then they use mathematical methods and models to design manufacturing and information systems to meet those requirements most efficiently.

Their versatility allows industrial engineers to engage in activities that are useful to a variety of businesses, governments, and nonprofits. For example, industrial engineers engage in supply chain management to help businesses minimize inventory costs, conduct quality assurance activities to help businesses keep their customer bases satisfied, and work in the growing field of project management as industries across the economy seek to control costs and maximize efficiencies.

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How To Become A Machining Engineer

Industrial engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value experience, so cooperative education engineering programs at universities are also valuable.

Education

Industrial engineers need a bachelor’s degree, typically in industrial engineering. However, many industrial engineers have degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering technology, or general engineering. Students interested in studying industrial engineering should take high school courses in mathematics, such as algebra, trigonometry, and calculus; computer science; and sciences such as chemistry and physics.

Bachelor’s degree programs include lectures in classrooms and practice in laboratories. Courses include statistics, production systems planning, and manufacturing systems design, among others. Many colleges and universities offer cooperative education programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education.

A few colleges and universities offer 5-year degree programs in industrial engineering that lead to a bachelor’s and master’s degree upon completion, and several more offer similar programs in mechanical engineering. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as a professor at a college or university or to engage in research and development. Some 5-year or even 6-year cooperative education plans combine classroom study with practical work, permitting students to gain experience and to finance part of their education.

Programs in industrial engineering are accredited by ABET.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Industrial engineers use creativity and ingenuity to design new production processes in many kinds of settings in order to reduce the use of material resources, time, or labor while accomplishing the same goal.

Critical-thinking skills. Industrial engineers create new systems to solve problems related to waste and inefficiency. Solving these problems requires logic and reasoning to identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to the problems.

Listening skills. These engineers often operate in teams, but they also must solicit feedback from customers, vendors, and production staff. They must listen to customers and clients in order to fully grasp ideas and problems the first time.

Math skills. Industrial engineers use the principles of calculus, trigonometry, and other advanced topics in mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Problem-solving skills. In designing facilities for manufacturing and processes for providing services, these engineers deal with several issues at once, from workers’ safety to quality assurance.

Speaking skills. Industrial engineers sometimes have to explain their instructions to production staff or technicians before they can make written instructions available. Being able to explain concepts clearly and quickly is crucial to preventing costly mistakes and loss of time.

Writing skills. Industrial engineers must prepare documentation for other engineers or scientists, or for future reference. The documentation must be coherent and explain their thinking clearly so that the others can understand the information.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as an industrial engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education in order to keep their licenses. Most states recognize licenses from other states, as long as the other state’s licensing requirements meet or exceed their own licensing requirements.

Advancement

Beginning industrial engineers usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers. In large companies, new engineers also may receive formal training in classes or seminars. As beginning engineers gain knowledge and experience, they move on to more difficult projects with greater independence to develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions.

Eventually, industrial engineers may advance to become technical specialists, such as quality engineers or facility planners. In that role, they supervise a team of engineers and technicians. Obtaining a master’s degree facilitates such specialization and thus advancement.

Many industrial engineers move into management positions because the work they do is closely related to the work of managers. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

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Machining Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

86.8%

Female

8.2%

Unknown

4.9%
Ethnicity

White

74.1%

Asian

15.8%

Hispanic or Latino

7.1%

Unknown

2.6%

Black or African American

0.4%
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Languages Spoken

German

33.3%

Arabic

33.3%

French

33.3%

Machining Engineer Education

Schools

Purdue University

13.2%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

7.9%

Michigan Technological University

5.3%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

5.3%

Arizona State University

5.3%

Youngstown State University

5.3%

Georgetown College

5.3%

Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne

5.3%

Oklahoma State University

5.3%

Rock Valley College

5.3%

University of Oklahoma

5.3%

Weber State University

5.3%

Gateway Community College

5.3%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.3%

Trine University

2.6%

Central Washington University

2.6%

Texas A&M University

2.6%

Eastern Michigan University

2.6%

University of the Sciences

2.6%

Community College of Vermont

2.6%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

23.7%

Electrical Engineering

17.5%

Business

7.9%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

6.1%

Computer Science

6.1%

Industrial Engineering

4.4%

Engineering

3.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.5%

Computer Engineering

3.5%

Manufacturing Engineering

2.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.6%

Precision Metal Working

2.6%

Physics

2.6%

Automotive Technology

2.6%

Engineering Technology

1.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.8%

Mathematics

1.8%

Elementary Education

1.8%

Industrial Technology

1.8%

Drafting And Design

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.8%

Masters

24.8%

Other

21.4%

Associate

7.6%

Doctorate

6.9%

Certificate

2.8%

Diploma

2.8%
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Real Machining Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Machine Learning Engineer Spotify USA Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $180,000
Machine Learning Engineer Spotify USA Inc. New York, NY Nov 19, 2015 $180,000
Virtual Machine Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Mar 29, 2016 $170,000 -
$187,200
Machine Learning Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 21, 2016 $165,000 -
$233,900
Machine Learning Engineer Slice Technologies, Inc. San Mateo, CA Aug 01, 2016 $160,000
Machine Learning Engineer II Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Nov 07, 2013 $160,000
Machine Learning Engineer Slice Technologies, Inc. San Mateo, CA Jan 08, 2016 $160,000
Machine Learning Engineer II Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Jul 11, 2013 $160,000
Senior Machine Learning Engineer Intertrust Technologies Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Apr 21, 2014 $150,000
Machine Learning Engineer Baidu USA LLC Sunnyvale, CA Sep 07, 2015 $150,000
Machine Learning Platform Engineer Roam Analytics, Inc. San Mateo, CA Nov 28, 2016 $150,000
Machine Learning Engineer Vungle, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 28, 2016 $147,000
Machine Learning Engineer Baidu USA LLC Sunnyvale, CA Jan 08, 2016 $145,000
Senior Machine Vision Engineer Miasole Hi-Tech Corp Santa Clara, CA Dec 08, 2014 $133,000
Senior Machine Learning Engineer Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. Belmont, CA Jan 02, 2016 $130,000
Algorithms and Machine Learning Engineer Apple Inc. Portland, OR Feb 19, 2015 $130,000 -
$150,000
Machine Learning ENG Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 26, 2016 $130,000 -
$150,000
Machine Learning Engineer Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Jul 20, 2015 $129,600
Machine Learning Engineer Spotify USA Inc. New York, NY Sep 02, 2014 $125,000
Machine Learning Engineer Spotify USA Inc. New York, NY Sep 13, 2013 $125,000
Machine Learning Engineer Vungle, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 19, 2015 $105,000 -
$125,000
Human Machine Interface Engineer Apple Inc. Austin, TX Sep 01, 2013 $105,000 -
$125,000
Engineer, Machine Learning AJJK, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 09, 2016 $105,000 -
$115,000
Machine Learning ENG Apple Inc. Austin, TX Apr 08, 2016 $105,000 -
$125,000
Senior Machine Learning Engineer Belkin International Inc. Seattle, WA Jun 01, 2015 $105,000
Machine Learning Engineer Spotify USA Inc. New York, NY Sep 02, 2015 $105,000 -
$155,000
Machine Learning Engineer Red Beacon, Inc. Foster City, CA Jan 08, 2013 $100,755 -
$114,878

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Top Skills for A Machining Engineer

CNCProductionLinesMachineLearningAlgorithmsMachineVisionApplicationsManualLathesPLCCamPpapPlatformMatlabPythonToyotaKaizenMachineShopC/C++AutocadTroubleshootRDeepLearningCostReduction

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Top Machining Engineer Skills

  1. CNC
  2. Production Lines
  3. Machine Learning Algorithms
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Set up and programming of CNC Machining cells utilizing Lean Manufacturing method, single piece flow, best practices.
  • Write compliance matrix for laser machines that are needed for production lines.
  • Incorporated and programmed PLCs, light curtains, and various I/O devices for semi automatic leak tester.
  • Convert CAD 3D drawings into CAM programs for the shop.
  • Experienced in QS9000, PPAP, FMEA, APQP, etc.

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