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Working As A Manufacturing Development 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

  • $84,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Manufacturing Development 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 Manufacturing Development 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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Manufacturing Development Engineer Career Paths

Manufacturing Development Engineer
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Project Manager Quality Manager
Supplier Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager Manufacturing Manager
Senior Manufacturing Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Project Engineer Quality Assurance Engineer
Quality Assurance Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Production Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineering Manager Production Manager Processing Manager
Senior Process Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Project Manager Quality Manager
Director Of Quality & Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Process Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Consultant Production Manager Manufacturing Manager
Manufacturing Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Industrial Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Industrial Engineer Industrial Engineering Manager
Factory Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Industrial Engineer Manufacturing Manager Research And Development Manager
New Product Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Manufacturing Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Production Engineer Production Superintendent
Launch Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Senior Project Engineer Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Engineer Quality Engineer Continuous Improvement Manager
Manager Of Operations Excellence
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Product Engineer 3.5 years
Process Engineer 3.4 years
Top Careers Before Manufacturing Development Engineer
Engineer 3.9%
Top Careers After Manufacturing Development Engineer
Consultant 5.1%
Engineer 3.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$84,000
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$65,000
Min 10%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$108,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Boeing
Highest Paying City
Menlo Park, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
4.5 years
How much does a Manufacturing Development Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Manufacturing Development Engineer in the United States is $84,531 per year or $41 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $66,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $108,000.

Real Manufacturing Development Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manufacturing Development Engineer Lead Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Nov 26, 2014 $122,745 -
$127,745
Manufacturing Engineering and Development Team LEA Depuy Spine Inc. Mountain View, CA Dec 01, 2009 $110,268
Manufacturing Development Engineer (Process Engine Philips Lumileds Lighting Company, LLC. San Jose, CA Mar 24, 2011 $96,839
Wet Process Manufacturing Development Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Boise, ID Jan 09, 2016 $95,700
Wet Process Manufacturing Development Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Boise, ID Feb 29, 2016 $95,700
Senior Manufacturing Development Engineer Daimler Trucks North America LLC Portland, OR Jan 01, 2012 $92,000
Manufacturing & Development Engineer Applied Bolting Technology Products, LLC Bellows Falls, VT Dec 15, 2016 $89,500
Manufacturing and Development Engineer Hermes Microvision, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 19, 2015 $88,000
Manufacturing and Development Engineer Hermes Microvision, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 09, 2016 $83,886
Manufacturing & Development Engineer Applied Bolting Technology Products, LLC Bellows Falls, VT Nov 16, 2016 $80,700
Principal Manufacturing Development Engineer KOYO Bearings USA LLC Greenville, SC Oct 01, 2011 $80,000
Manufacturing Development Engineer TYCO Electronics Corporation Winston-Salem, NC Sep 11, 2015 $77,935
Manufacturing Development Engineer TYCO Electronics Corporation Winston-Salem, NC Oct 22, 2015 $75,109
Cmp/Backgrind Manufacturing Development Engineer Avago Technologies Us Inc. Fort Collins, CO Jan 10, 2014 $74,318 -
$105,000
Manufacturing Development Engineer-Bonding Avago Technologies Us Inc. Fort Collins, CO Jun 08, 2014 $66,643 -
$93,000
Manufacturing Development Engineer Parker Hannifin Corporation Olive Branch, MS Dec 17, 2011 $65,000 -
$70,000
Manufacturing & Development Engineer Applied Bolting Technology Products, Inc. Bellows Falls, VT Sep 08, 2015 $62,962 -
$80,700
Manufacturing Development Engineer TYCO Electronics Corporation, A Te Connectivity LT Winston-Salem, NC Sep 03, 2014 $62,422
Manufacturing Development Program Engineer Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Apr 06, 2015 $62,000 -
$75,300
Manufacturing Development Program Engineer Cummins Inc. Neillsville, WI Aug 01, 2015 $62,000 -
$75,300
Manufacturing Development Program Engineer Cummins Emission Solutions Inc. Nashville, TN Aug 01, 2015 $62,000 -
$75,300
Manufacturing Development Program Engineer Cummins Emission Solutions Inc. Whitakers, NC Aug 01, 2015 $62,000 -
$75,300
Manufacturing Development Program Engineer Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Jul 29, 2014 $60,000 -
$74,300
Manufacturing Development Program Engineer Cummins Inc. Nashville, TN Jul 29, 2014 $60,000 -
$74,300
Manufacturing Development Program Engineer Cummins Inc. Whitakers, NC Jul 29, 2014 $60,000 -
$74,300
Manufacturing Development Program Engineer Cummins Inc. Mineral Point, WI Jul 29, 2014 $60,000 -
$74,300
Manufacturing Development Program Engineer Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Sep 02, 2011 $59,301 -
$68,000
Manufacturing Development Program Engineer Cummins Inc. Whitakers, NC Sep 02, 2011 $59,301 -
$68,000
Manufacturing Development Program Engineer Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Dec 01, 2010 $59,301 -
$68,000
Manufacturing Development Program Engineer Cummins Inc. Lakewood, NY Sep 02, 2011 $59,301 -
$68,000

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Top Skills for A Manufacturing Development Engineer

  1. New Product Development
  2. Process Improvement
  3. Assembly Line
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked with design engineering on new product development and successfully transferred designs to manufacturing.
  • Executed Statistical Process Improvements for a Drilling Process on Engine Hardware that Virtually Eliminated Rejects.
  • Supported multiple assembly lines simultaneously, interfacing with multiple support groups and prioritizing tasks and problem resolutions.
  • Developed multiple VBA macros that automated repetitive task related to data entry of engine control module programming parameters and others.
  • Provide continuous improvement efforts for customer product lines.

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Top 10 Best States for Manufacturing Development Engineers

  1. Virginia
  2. Alabama
  3. New Mexico
  4. District of Columbia
  5. Idaho
  6. Maryland
  7. Texas
  8. Minnesota
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Washington
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Manufacturing Development Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

76.7%

Female

15.2%

Unknown

8.1%
Ethnicity

White

60.7%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Asian

12.0%

Black or African American

7.6%

Unknown

5.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.0%

Chinese

15.0%

French

10.0%

Mandarin

10.0%

Arabic

10.0%

Portuguese

5.0%

Dutch

5.0%
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Manufacturing Development Engineer Education

Schools

Purdue University

11.7%

Oregon State University

6.3%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

6.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.3%

San Jose State University

5.5%

University of Washington

5.5%

Northeastern University

5.5%

University of California - Santa Barbara

4.7%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.7%

University of Phoenix

4.7%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4.7%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.7%

University of Connecticut

3.9%

University of California - San Diego

3.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.9%

University of Idaho

3.9%

Brigham Young University

3.9%

Iowa State University

3.9%

University of Florida

3.1%

North Carolina State University

3.1%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

23.8%

Business

14.5%

Electrical Engineering

9.3%

Industrial Engineering

8.2%

Industrial Technology

5.4%

Chemical Engineering

4.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

4.1%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.9%

Manufacturing Engineering

2.9%

Engineering

2.9%

Computer Science

2.7%

Management

2.5%

Chemistry

2.5%

Biomedical Engineering

2.5%

Physics

2.0%

Project Management

1.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Materials Science And Engineering

1.6%

Finance

1.6%

Operations Management

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.7%

Masters

33.0%

Other

7.9%

Associate

4.9%

Certificate

4.0%

Doctorate

3.0%

Diploma

0.4%
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