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Become A Manufacturing Engineer

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Working As A Manufacturing 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

  • $67,747

    Average Salary

What Does A Manufacturing Engineer Do

A Manufacturing Engineer plans, designs, sets up, and monitors the manufacturing processes. They work in various sectors, such as plastics, oil, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology.

How To Become A Manufacturing Engineer

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


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.


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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141,803 Manufacturing Engineer jobs

Parker Hannifin Corp
Batesville, MS
Mfg Eng

$61,156 Estimated

Lisi Aerospace
Escondido, CA
MFG ENG / HSE Coordinator

$76,274 Estimated

Parker Hannifin Corp
Kalamazoo, MI
Mfg Eng I

$58,735 Estimated

Parker Hannifin Corp
Benton, AR
Mfg Eng Coop

$58,498 Estimated

Parker Hannifin Corp
Machesney Park, IL
Mfg Eng I

$57,645 Estimated

Parker Hannifin Corp
Olive Branch, MS
Lead Mfg Eng

$60,877 Estimated

Varian Medical Systems
Palo Alto, CA
Mfg Eng II

$84,000 Estimated

Minneapolis, MN
Manufacturing Engineer

$66,784 Estimated

Bowling Green, KY
Manufacturing Engineer Co-op

$60,446 Estimated

Normal, IL
Manufacturing Engineer

$52,238 Estimated

Kelly Services
Davenport, IA
Fabrication Manufacturing Engineer II

$61,747 Estimated

Parker Hannifin Corp
Ashley, IN
Manufacturing Eng Co-op For Fall 2018

$53,951 Estimated

Parker Hannifin Corp
Goodland, IN
Manufacturing Eng Co-op For Fall 2018

$60,000 Estimated

Parker Hannifin Corp
Ashley, IN
Manufacturing Eng Co-op For Fall 2018

$53,951 Estimated

Kelly Services
Moline, IL
Manufacturing Engineer II

$61,747 Estimated

Parker Hannifin Corp
Madison, MS
Lean Mfg Eng

$59,425 Estimated

Parker Hannifin Corp
Woodridge, IL
Mfg Project Eng

$78,700 Estimated

Fair Lawn, NJ
Mfg Engineer

$70,450 Estimated

Memphis, TN
Mfg Engineer

$61,750 Estimated

Westminster, CO
Mfg Engineer

$71,789 Estimated

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Real Manufacturing Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manufacturing Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Apr 25, 2016 $165,000
Manufacturing Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 08, 2016 $163,000
Manufacturing Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 01, 2015 $155,000
Manager, Manufacturing Engineering Stamping Faraday&Future Inc. Gardena, CA Aug 02, 2016 $145,000
Manufacturing Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 09, 2016 $141,128
Manufacturing Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jul 13, 2016 $140,000
Advisor, Manufacturing Engineer Intersect ENT, Inc. Menlo Park, CA May 26, 2015 $138,000 -
Manager, Manufacturing Engineering Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Jul 22, 2016 $135,000 -
Staff Manufacturing Engineer Arris Technology, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Apr 26, 2016 $132,454
Manufacturing Engineer Populus Group LLC Brooklyn Center, MN Aug 30, 2016 $131,481
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Top Skills for A Manufacturing Engineer


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Top Manufacturing Engineer Skills

  1. Product Quality
  2. Continuous Improvement Projects
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Authored all advanced product quality planning documentation, operator instructions, preventive maintenance, and provided training per QS9000 requirements.
  • Implemented various continuous improvement projects leading to significant gains in quality, productivity, safety and equipment preservation.
  • Maintain Operational Procedures and Work Instructions updated.
  • Supported Common Q APR1400 Hardware Configurations - Design Safety System cabinets using Westinghouse specific software for manufacturing.
  • Provide daily production floor support for Wafer trim and Circuit Trim product lines.

Top Manufacturing Engineer Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Manufacturing Engineer

  1. The Boeing Company
  2. Caterpillar
  3. Medtronic
  4. Lockheed Martin
  5. UTC Aerospace Systems
  6. John Deere
  7. General Electric
  8. GE Healthcare
  9. L-3 Communications
  10. United Technologies Corporation
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