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Working As A Manufacturing Engineering Technician

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • $60,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Manufacturing Engineering Technician Do

Industrial engineering technicians help industrial engineers implement designs to use personnel, materials, and machines effectively. They prepare machinery and equipment layouts, plan workflows, conduct statistical production studies, and analyze production costs.

Duties

Industrial engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Suggest revisions to methods of operation, material handling, or equipment layout
  • Interpret engineering drawings, schematic diagrams, and formulas
  • Confer with management or engineering staff to determine quality and reliability standards
  • Recommend changes to production standards in order to achieve the best quality within the limits of the capabilities of the equipment
  • Help plan work assignments, taking into account workers’ performance, the capabilities of machines, and production schedules
  • Prepare charts, graphs, and diagrams to illustrate workflow, routing, floor layouts, how materials are handled, and how machines are used
  • Collect data to assist in process improvement activities

Industrial engineering technicians study the time and steps workers take to do a task (time and motion studies). To set reasonable production rates, they consider how workers perform operations such as maintenance, production, and service.

They also observe workers to make sure that equipment is being used and maintained according to quality assurance standards. They then evaluate the resulting data to recommend or justify changes to the operations or to the standards for improving quality and efficiency.

Industrial engineering technicians’ versatility allows them to be useful in a variety of projects. For example, they work in supply chain management to help businesses minimize inventory costs, in quality assurance to help businesses keep their customers satisfied, and in the growing field of project management to control costs and maximize efficiencies.

Industrial engineering technicians generally work in teams under the supervision of industrial engineers.

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How To Become A Manufacturing Engineering Technician

Industrial engineering technicians typically need an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate. Community colleges and technical institutes generally offer associate’s degree programs, and vocational–technical schools offer certificate programs.

Education

High school students interested in becoming industrial engineering technicians should take courses in math, science, and drafting, where available. Courses that help students develop computer skills are helpful when the students later need to learn computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing software, known as CAD/CAM.

Postsecondary programs in industrial engineering are offered at vocational–technical schools, technical institutes, and community colleges. Vocational–technical schools and technical institutes serve local students and emphasize training needed by local employers. These programs generally award a certificate. Community colleges offer programs similar to those in technical institutes, but usually include more theory-based and liberal arts courses. Students who complete these programs earn associate’s degrees.

ABET accredits engineering and engineering technology programs.

Generally, prospective industrial engineering technicians should major in applied science, industrial technology, or industrial engineering technology.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Industrial engineering technicians must be able to help industrial engineers figure out how systems should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Communication skills. Industrial engineering technicians receive instructions from industrial engineers. They must be able to clearly understand and follow instructions and communicate problems to their supervisors.

Critical-thinking skills. Industrial engineering technicians must be able to help industrial engineers figure out why certain processes or operations are not working as well as they might. They must ask the right questions to identify and correct weaknesses.

Detail oriented. Industrial engineering technicians must gather and record measurements and observations needed by industrial engineers.

Math skills. Industrial engineering technicians use the principles of mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Observational skills. These technicians spend much of their time evaluating the performance of other people or organizations and then make suggestions for improvements or corrective action. They must gather and record information without interfering with workers in their environments.

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Manufacturing Engineering Technician Career Paths

Manufacturing Engineering Technician
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Senior Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Director Of Quality & Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Technician Process Engineer Facility Engineer
Facilities/Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Manufacturing Engineer Plant Manager
Manufacturing Consultant
13 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Production Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Maintenance Technician Manufacturing Technician
Manufacturing Lead Technician
5 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Operations/Quality Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Technician Engineering Technician Production Supervisor
Plant Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Manufacturing Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Principal Design Engineer
12 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Project Engineer Senior Electrical Engineer
Principal Electrical Engineer
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Principal Mechanical Engineer
14 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Design Specialist User Experience Designer
Product Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Numerical Control Programmer Process Engineer Research And Development Engineer
Research And Development Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Numerical Control Programmer Design Drafter
Senior Drafter
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Design Engineer Process Engineer
Senior Manufacturing Process Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Engineer Senior Engineer
Staff Engineer
5 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Manufacturing Engineering Technician
Technician 6.5%
Machinist 5.4%
Top Careers After Manufacturing Engineering Technician
Technician 3.3%
Owner 2.7%

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Manufacturing Engineering Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

87.1%

Female

10.7%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

62.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.1%

Black or African American

8.5%

Asian

8.4%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.5%

Chinese

5.0%

German

5.0%

Carrier

5.0%

Hindi

5.0%

Portuguese

2.5%

Indonesian

2.5%

Vietnamese

2.5%

Hakka

2.5%

Hebrew

2.5%

Japanese

2.5%

French

2.5%

Urdu

2.5%

Serbian

2.5%

Russian

2.5%

Mandarin

2.5%

Gujarati

2.5%

Italian

2.5%
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Manufacturing Engineering Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.6%

Purdue University

8.0%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

7.2%

Arizona State University

7.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

7.2%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

4.8%

Portland Community College

4.8%

University of New Hampshire

4.0%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

4.0%

Ferris State University

3.2%

San Jose State University

3.2%

Saint Louis Community College

3.2%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

3.2%

Kirkwood Community College

3.2%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.2%

Texas A&M University

3.2%

Community College of the Air Force

3.2%

Palomar College

3.2%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

3.2%

Northeastern University

3.2%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

22.3%

Business

12.2%

Mechanical Engineering

10.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

9.5%

Industrial Technology

5.0%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

4.9%

Drafting And Design

4.6%

Industrial Engineering

4.1%

Engineering Technology

3.4%

Management

3.1%

Engineering

3.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.9%

Computer Science

2.6%

Manufacturing Engineering

2.6%

Computer Information Systems

1.8%

Education

1.7%

Project Management

1.7%

Precision Metal Working

1.4%

Biology

1.4%

Information Technology

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.3%

Other

23.7%

Associate

22.9%

Masters

8.8%

Certificate

6.2%

Diploma

1.7%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Real Manufacturing Engineering Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manufacturing Engineering Technician Covestro LLC NJ Sep 09, 2016 $119,933
MFG ENG. Technologist V Baker Hughes, Inc. The Woodlands, TX Mar 04, 2015 $119,142
MFG Engineer Technologist V Baker Hughes Incorporated The Woodlands, TX Sep 20, 2015 $98,993
Manufacturing Engineering Technician Covestro LLC Baytown, TX Sep 13, 2016 $95,000
Manufacturing Engineering Technologist Rapid Precision Mfg., Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 07, 2016 $93,995
MFG ENG. Technologist V Baker Hughes Incorporated The Woodlands, TX Sep 09, 2014 $93,539
Technology Manufacturing Engineer Techxact Group Corporation Rockville, MD Sep 30, 2016 $88,566
Surface Mount Technology(Smt)Manufacturing ENG. Honeywell International Golden Valley, MN Dec 13, 2007 $85,000
MFG Engineer Technologist III Baker Hughes Incorporated Houston, TX Sep 02, 2015 $85,000
Technical Manufacturing Engineer NCS Energy Services LLC Houston, TX Oct 01, 2014 $83,500
Product Quality/Manufacturing Engineering Technologist The Fountain Group LLC Santa Clara, CA Mar 30, 2015 $83,480
Manufacturing Engineering Technologist Summit Screw & MacHine Corp Milford, CT Jan 09, 2016 $80,000
Manufacturing Engineering Technologist Solarsilicon Recycling Services, LLC CA Jul 27, 2015 $78,270
Manufacturing Engineering Technologist SL Alabama, LLC. Alexander City, AL Aug 17, 2015 $69,000
ERP IT Manufacturing-Engineering Cummins Inc. Whitakers, NC May 19, 2011 $67,900 -
$89,100
Manufacturing Engineering Technologist Unigen Corporation Fremont, CA Dec 01, 2016 $67,500
Manufacturing Engineering Technologist Unigen Corporation Fremont, CA Jan 12, 2013 $63,860
Manufacturing Engineering Technologist Christopher Designs Inc. NY Mar 11, 2015 $63,315
Manufacturing Engineering Technologist Christopher Designs Inc. New York, NY Apr 13, 2016 $63,315
Manufacturing Engineering Technologist Solarsilicon Recycling Services, LLC CA Aug 30, 2016 $63,045
Manufacturing Engineering Technologist Guyoungtech USA, Inc. Evergreen, AL Jul 24, 2015 $51,150
Manufacturing Engineering Technologist World Transload & Logistics LLC New Hope, MN Sep 01, 2014 $50,981
Manufacturing Engineering Technologists Samson Technologies Corp Hauppauge, NY Aug 09, 2016 $50,088
Manufacturing Engineer Technologist Valtra, Inc. Pico Rivera, CA Sep 01, 2015 $50,000
Manufacturing Engineering Technologist Texas First Industrial Corp. Brookshire, TX Apr 25, 2016 $50,000
Manufacturing Engineering Technologist Disanto Technology Shelton, CT Sep 15, 2015 $49,566
Manufacturing Engineering Technologist Disanto Technology Shelton, CT Sep 09, 2015 $49,566
Manufacturing Engineering Technologist Ja Oilfield Manufacturing, Inc. Oklahoma City, OK Sep 11, 2014 $49,000

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Manufacturing Engineering Technician

Average Yearly Salary
$60,000
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$42,000
Min 10%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Raytheon
Highest Paying City
Kent, WA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
4.6 years
How much does a Manufacturing Engineering Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Manufacturing Engineering Technician in the United States is $60,420 per year or $29 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $42,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $85,000.

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Top Skills for A Manufacturing Engineering Technician

  1. Production Equipment
  2. Test Cases
  3. Process Improvement
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  • Design, manufacture parts and implement continuous improvement projects for prototype and production equipment.
  • Provided Quality Assurance Department technical information and recommendations on inspections, improving manufacturing parts and process improvements.
  • Provided direct Manufacturing Engineering support for high volume automated assembly line.
  • Engineer - Prepared specifications and AutoCAD drawings for expansion of automated production line.
  • Work with engineering departments to implement manufacturing operations and procedures.

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  4. Oklahoma
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