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Working As A Manufacturing Project 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

  • $85,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Manufacturing Project 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 Project 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 Project Engineer Career Paths

Manufacturing Project Engineer
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 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
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Development Manager Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineering Manager Project Engineering Manager
Plant Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineering Manager Manufacturing Manager
Manufacturing Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Manufacturing Manager
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Engineering Operations Manager
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Process Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Product Engineer Product Development Engineer
Lead Product Developer
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Lead Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Project Engineering Manager Plant Engineering Manager Industrial Engineering Manager
Factory Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Design Development Engineer Production Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Engineering Manager Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Manufacturing Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Product Engineer Product Engineering Manager
New Product Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Section Manager Production Superintendent
Launch Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Senior Product Engineer Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Production Manager Continuous Improvement Manager
Manager Of Operations Excellence
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Process Engineer 3.4 years
Top Careers Before Manufacturing Project Engineer
Engineer 2.9%
Internship 1.9%
Top Careers After Manufacturing Project Engineer
Consultant 3.3%
Engineer 2.8%

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Manufacturing Project Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

82.5%

Female

10.3%

Unknown

7.2%
Ethnicity

White

58.6%

Hispanic or Latino

16.2%

Asian

11.8%

Black or African American

8.9%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.6%

Chinese

8.3%

Mandarin

4.2%

Portuguese

4.2%

German

4.2%

Carrier

2.8%

Italian

2.8%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Cherokee

1.4%

Hindi

1.4%

Welsh

1.4%

French

1.4%

Bengali

1.4%

Russian

1.4%

Thai

1.4%

Cantonese

1.4%

Hebrew

1.4%

Urdu

1.4%

Xiang

1.4%

Japanese

1.4%
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Manufacturing Project Engineer Education

Schools

Purdue University

9.9%

University of Phoenix

8.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

7.1%

Ferris State University

5.5%

San Jose State University

5.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.9%

Iowa State University

4.9%

University of South Florida

4.4%

Kettering University

4.4%

Arizona State University

4.4%

Ohio State University

4.4%

Marquette University

4.4%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.4%

Michigan Technological University

3.8%

Ohio University -

3.8%

University of Wisconsin - Platteville

3.8%

University of Cincinnati

3.8%

Tennessee Technological University

3.8%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.8%

Bradley University

3.8%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

28.1%

Business

13.3%

Industrial Engineering

9.5%

Manufacturing Engineering

6.4%

Industrial Technology

6.3%

Electrical Engineering

5.3%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

4.7%

Engineering And Industrial Management

4.4%

Chemical Engineering

3.4%

Management

2.6%

Project Management

2.6%

Engineering

2.5%

Engineering Technology

1.9%

Drafting And Design

1.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Aerospace Engineering

1.3%

Systems Engineering

1.2%

Finance

1.2%

Materials Science And Engineering

1.1%

Marketing

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.0%

Masters

29.5%

Other

9.2%

Associate

4.9%

Certificate

1.9%

Doctorate

1.1%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
$85,000
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$69,000
Min 10%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
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$85,000
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Median 50%
$104,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.7 years
How much does a Manufacturing Project Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Manufacturing Project Engineer in the United States is $85,176 per year or $41 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $69,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $104,000.

Real Manufacturing Project Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Project Manufacturing Engineer Jabil Circuit Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 30, 2015 $125,632
Manufacturing Project Engineer Caterpillar Inc. East Peoria, IL Sep 17, 2016 $119,152
Manufacturing Project Engineer Caterpillar Inc. East Peoria, IL Sep 27, 2016 $119,152
Manufacturing Project Engineer Caterpillar Inc. Montgomery, IL Sep 16, 2016 $115,620
Manufacturing Project Engineer Caterpillar Inc. Montgomery, IL Sep 16, 2014 $111,120
Project Manufacturing Engineer Jabil Circuit, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 27, 2015 $109,200
Project Manufacturing Engineer Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. Coopersburg, PA Sep 29, 2015 $108,000
Project Manufacturing Engineer Jabil Circuit, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 27, 2013 $106,000
Project Manufacturing Engineer Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. Coopersburg, PA Oct 10, 2016 $104,350
Manufacturing Project Engineer 1 Caterpillar Inc. East Peoria, IL Aug 13, 2015 $97,668
Manufacturing Project Engineer Parker Hannifin Corporation Contra Costa Centre, CA Oct 21, 2013 $96,700 -
$101,700
Manufacturing Project Engineer Parker Hannifin Corporation Contra Costa Centre, CA Nov 08, 2013 $96,700 -
$101,700
Project Engineer, Manufacturing Operations Astrazeneca LP Westborough, MA May 17, 2010 $93,500
Manufacturing/Project Engineer Magna Composites, LLC Salisbury, NC Oct 04, 2010 $92,500
Manufacturing Project Engineer Caterpillar Inc. East Peoria, IL Oct 01, 2014 $91,049
Manufacturing Project Engineer 1 Caterpillar Inc. Sanford, NC Jun 14, 2013 $90,168
Project Engineer, Manufacturing Operations Astrazeneca LP Westborough, MA Jun 23, 2008 $86,000
Manufacturing Project Engineer 1 (Drivetrain & Lower Powertrain) Caterpillar Inc. Dyersburg, TN Jul 10, 2015 $85,500 -
$128,256
Manufacturing Project Engineer 1 (Advanced Manufacturing) Caterpillar Inc. East Peoria, IL Jan 16, 2015 $85,500 -
$128,256
Manufacturing Project Engineer Lytron, Inc. Woburn, MA Dec 01, 2010 $78,000 -
$86,000
Project Engineer-Manufacturability Improvement Geospace Technologies Corporation Houston, TX Nov 04, 2016 $71,500
Manufacturing Project Engineer Populus Group Kalamazoo, MI Sep 09, 2015 $70,958
Corporate Manufacturing Project Engineer V-T Industries Inc. Holstein, IA Mar 12, 2016 $70,000
Project Engineer-Manufacturing EASI LLC Rossville, IL Nov 23, 2015 $70,000
Project Engineer-Manufacturing Automotive Robotics, Inc. East Peoria, IL Sep 16, 2015 $70,000
Corporate Manufacturing Project Engineer V-T Industries Inc. Holstein, IA Dec 03, 2016 $70,000
Corporate Manufacturing Project Engineer V-T Industries Inc. Holstein, IA May 09, 2016 $68,738

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Top Skills for A Manufacturing Project Engineer

  1. Assembly Line
  2. Product Quality
  3. Process Improvement
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  • Provided engineering direction on Automotive Seat Recliner assembly line tooling and cell nest setup.
  • Designed and developed quality control gauges to assist production in detecting non-conformance, allowing early product quality alerts.
  • Implemented process improvement projects and obtained over $75K annual benefit by reducing manufacturing rejects and reworks.
  • Audited manufacturing process and quality inspections operations to assure compliance with procedures and quality system requirements.
  • Recommended technical ideas to achieve team goals in quality, cost savings, on-time delivery, morale, and safety.

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