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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

  • $77,698

    Average Salary

What Does A Manufacturing 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 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 Engineer Career Paths

Manufacturing Engineer
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Manager Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Strategic Sourcing
13 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Application Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Project Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Production Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Quality Assurance Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Product Development Engineer Mechanical Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Manager Plant Manager Operations Director
Senior Director, Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Marketing Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Program Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Technical Director Vice President, Technology
Vice President Of Global Operations
15 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Quality Manager Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Product Engineer 3.5 years
Process Engineer 3.4 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 4.3%
Internship 4.1%
Machinist 3.9%
Top Employers After
Engineer 3.3%

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Manufacturing Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

85.8%

Female

11.8%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

74.5%

Asian

11.6%

Hispanic or Latino

10.9%

Unknown

2.4%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.3%

French

7.8%

German

7.3%

Chinese

6.4%

Mandarin

4.7%

Japanese

3.5%

Arabic

3.4%

Portuguese

2.8%

Italian

2.2%

Russian

1.6%

Cantonese

1.6%

Carrier

1.3%

Romanian

1.1%

Hindi

1.1%

Korean

1.0%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Filipino

0.6%

Polish

0.6%

Tamil

0.5%

Indonesian

0.5%
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Manufacturing Engineer Education

Schools

Purdue University

9.7%

Rochester Institute of Technology

9.1%

University of Phoenix

7.8%

Iowa State University

7.0%

Northeastern University

6.0%

Pennsylvania State University

5.8%

Clemson University

4.5%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

4.5%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

4.5%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.2%

San Jose State University

4.1%

Wichita State University

3.9%

Tennessee Technological University

3.9%

Arizona State University

3.7%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.6%

North Carolina State University

3.5%

Texas A&M University

3.5%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

3.5%

Western Michigan University

3.4%

Ferris State University

3.4%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

26.2%

Business

12.3%

Industrial Engineering

9.8%

Industrial Technology

8.6%

Electrical Engineering

7.7%

Manufacturing Engineering

5.3%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

4.9%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.8%

Engineering

3.0%

Chemical Engineering

2.7%

Management

2.5%

Drafting And Design

1.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Project Management

1.8%

Engineering Technology

1.8%

Aerospace Engineering

1.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.3%

Computer Science

1.1%

Finance

1.0%

Biomedical Engineering

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

52.5%

Masters

25.7%

Other

11.8%

Associate

6.2%

Certificate

2.3%

Doctorate

1.0%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.1%
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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
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 -
$150,000
Manufactoring Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 12, 2016 $134,000
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
Manufacturing Engineer Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 15, 2015 $130,000
Staff Manufacturing Engineer, Vehicle Assembly Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Apr 25, 2016 $130,000 -
$140,000
Staff Manufacturing Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Jun 06, 2016 $130,000 -
$140,000
Staff Manufacturing Engineer-Vehicle Assembly Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA May 07, 2016 $130,000 -
$140,000
Manufacturing Engineer II Terex USA LLC Redmond, WA Feb 26, 2016 $80,020 -
$100,020
Manufacturing Engineer Plexus Corp. Buffalo Grove, IL Sep 13, 2016 $80,000
Manufacturing Engineer, Tool and Die Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Aug 31, 2016 $80,000 -
$90,000
Manufacturing Engineer Inventory Management Micron Technology, Inc. Boise, ID Oct 27, 2016 $80,000
Manufacturing Engineer Humanscale Corporation Piscataway, NJ Jul 25, 2016 $80,000
Manufacturing Engineer Schulz Xtruded Products, LP MS Jun 09, 2016 $80,000
Manufacturing Engineer Medtronic, Inc. Littleton, MA Apr 06, 2015 $80,000
Manufacturing Engineer (Shop) The Heil Co. Fort Payne, AL Sep 17, 2016 $69,826 -
$76,000
Manufacturing Engineer Brasscraft Manufacturing Co Lancaster, TX Sep 18, 2015 $69,800
Manufacturing Engineer Ronbow Corporation Fremont, CA Sep 13, 2016 $69,706
Manufacturing Engineer Iron Systems, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 21, 2016 $69,706
Manufacturing Engineer Axis, Inc. Sumter, SC Jun 13, 2016 $69,680
Manufacturing Engineer Axis, Inc. Sumter, SC Nov 07, 2016 $69,680
Manufacturing Engineer Axis, Inc. Sumter, SC Jun 06, 2016 $69,680
Manufacturing Engineer Axis, Inc. Sumter, SC Jan 06, 2016 $69,680

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Top Skills for A Manufacturing Engineer

ContinuousImprovementProjectsProceduresSafetyProcessImprovementsProductLineCNCCADAssemblyLineCorrectiveActionKaizenSigmaCostReductionISOBOMFmeaShopFloorAssemblyProcessEngineeringSupportNewEquipmentProductQuality

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  1. Continuous Improvement Projects
  2. Procedures
  3. Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Implemented various continuous improvement projects leading to significant gains in quality, productivity, safety and equipment preservation.
  • -Determined required procedures to retrofit field units.
  • Supported Common Q APR1400 Hardware Configurations - Design Safety System cabinets using Westinghouse specific software for manufacturing.
  • Identified and implemented process improvements, developed assembly/test documentation and training.
  • Created MPI (Manufacturing Process Instructions) for warm product line.

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