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Working As A Manufacturing Systems 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

  • $83,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Manufacturing Systems 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 Systems 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 Systems Engineer Career Paths

Manufacturing Systems Engineer
Project Manager Quality Manager Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Quality Manager
Supplier Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Quality Manager Manufacturing Manager
Senior Manufacturing Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Quality Assurance Engineer
Quality Assurance Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Operations
12 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager Business Process Manager
Senior Process Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Engineer Production Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Quality Assurance Engineer Senior Quality Engineer
Manufacturing Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Principal Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Factory Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Lead Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Principal Engineer Research And Development Manager
New Product Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Project Manager-Manufacturing
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Project Engineering Manager Engineering Program Manager
Manufacturing Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Senior Project Engineer Product Engineering Manager
New Product Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Production Supervisor Production Superintendent
Launch Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Manufacturing Manager Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Value Engineer 2.7 years
Graduate Engineer 1.2 years
Top Careers Before Manufacturing Systems Engineer
Engineer 4.6%
Internship 3.3%
Top Careers After Manufacturing Systems Engineer
Manager 4.0%
Consultant 2.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$83,000
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$63,000
Min 10%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Nanometrics
Highest Paying City
Kent, WA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a Manufacturing Systems Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Manufacturing Systems Engineer in the United States is $83,553 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $63,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $109,000.

Real Manufacturing Systems Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manufacturing Execution System Engineer Perkinelmer Holdings, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 30, 2013 $117,146 -
$118,271
Senior Manufacturing Systems Engineer TYCO Electronics Corporation, A Te Connectivity LT Middletown, PA Aug 18, 2014 $115,000
Industrial Manufacturing and Systems Engineer Bloom Energy Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Jan 12, 2015 $112,000
SR. Manufacturing Systems Engineer Nexteer Automotive Saginaw, MI Aug 08, 2016 $110,000
Manufacturing Execution System Engineer Perkinelmer Holdings, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 01, 2010 $106,309 -
$108,711
SR. Manufacturing Business Systems Engineer Lumileds Lighting LLC San Jose, CA Dec 25, 2012 $99,653 -
$119,000
Senior Manufacturing Systems Engineer Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. Hopkinton, MA Feb 09, 2016 $96,782 -
$111,924
Manufacturing Systems Engineer Actavis, Inc. Elizabeth, NJ Jul 29, 2016 $89,565
SR. MFG. Systems Engineer Alcon Research, Ltd. Johns Creek, GA Jul 27, 2015 $88,941
Manufacturing Systems Engineer Pennsylvania MacHine Works, Inc. Aston, PA Oct 01, 2015 $86,220
Manufacturing Systems Engineer Clarion Laminates LLC Shippenville, PA Mar 01, 2012 $86,000 -
$101,543
Manufacturing Systems Engineer Clarion Laminates LLC. Shippenville, PA Mar 01, 2012 $86,000 -
$101,543
SR. Manufacturing Systems Engineer Spansion LLC Austin, TX Dec 12, 2012 $86,000
Manufacturing Execution System Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 01, 2011 $85,904 -
$105,123
Manufacturing Execution System Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA May 21, 2011 $85,904 -
$105,123
Manufacturing Execution Systems Application Archit United States Steel Corporation Pittsburgh, PA Aug 18, 2014 $83,148
Manufacturing Systems Engineer Catch The Wind, Inc. Chantilly, VA Nov 14, 2011 $83,000
Manufacturing Systems Engineer (Principal Consulta Oracle America, Inc. Irving, TX Oct 31, 2011 $82,000
Manufacturing Systems Engineer Clarion Laminates LLC Shippenville, PA Mar 01, 2012 $80,006 -
$101,543
Manufacturing Systems Engineer(Principal Consultan Oracle America, Inc. Chicago, IL Nov 01, 2010 $80,000 -
$103,970
Manufacturing Engineer, Application Systems Gowan Company, LLC Yuma, AZ Sep 03, 2014 $75,858
Manufacturing Systems Engineer 2 Spansion LLC Austin, TX Dec 12, 2009 $74,995
Senior Manufacturing Systems Engineer Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. Hopkinton, MA Sep 01, 2013 $73,800 -
$104,094
Global Manufacturing Systems Engineer Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Nov 13, 2014 $73,549 -
$83,000
Manufacturing Systems Engineer Pennsylvania MacHine Works, Inc. Aston, PA Oct 01, 2012 $72,920
Manufacturing Systems Engineer Actavis Elizabeth LLC Elizabeth, NJ Jun 05, 2016 $72,010 -
$82,244
Manufacturing Systems Engineer Caterpillar Inc. Athens, GA Feb 01, 2015 $72,000
Manufacturing Systems Engineer Pennsylvania MacHine Works, Inc. Aston, PA Oct 01, 2011 $71,074

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Top Skills for A Manufacturing Systems Engineer

  1. Engineering Department
  2. Raw Materials
  3. Process Improvement
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked with the production and engineering departments to create job routings for operators to following.
  • Lead on the 2005 and 2006 Costing Project of all Finished Goods, Intermediate and Raw Materials.
  • Manage multiple cargo systems process improvement projects such as the cargo floor latch redesign and sidewall lining locating tool redesign.
  • Collaborated with internal company users to manage software and database improvements.
  • Optimized manufacturing processes resulting in increasingly higher production yields and measurable (above 10%) cost savings.

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Top 10 Best States for Manufacturing Systems Engineers

  1. Washington
  2. Texas
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Colorado
  5. Arizona
  6. California
  7. Rhode Island
  8. New Hampshire
  9. Wyoming
  10. Maryland
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Manufacturing Systems Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

77.3%

Female

13.3%

Unknown

9.4%
Ethnicity

White

59.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Asian

13.7%

Black or African American

9.5%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

27.3%

Mandarin

9.1%

Hakka

4.5%

Chinese

4.5%

Vietnamese

4.5%

German

4.5%

Marathi

4.5%

Cantonese

4.5%

Malay

4.5%

French

4.5%

Kannada

4.5%

Serer

4.5%

Hindi

4.5%

Konkani

4.5%

Korean

4.5%

Japanese

4.5%
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Manufacturing Systems Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.2%

Purdue University

9.1%

Bradley University

6.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.7%

Pennsylvania State University

5.7%

Arizona State University

4.5%

Drexel University

4.5%

Wayne State University

4.5%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.5%

Iowa State University

4.5%

Texas A&M University

4.5%

San Jose State University

4.5%

Eastern Michigan University

3.4%

Central Connecticut State University

3.4%

Wright State University

3.4%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.4%

Kettering University

3.4%

Wichita State University

3.4%

University of Wisconsin Extension

3.4%
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Majors

Business

16.8%

Industrial Engineering

15.2%

Mechanical Engineering

13.5%

Electrical Engineering

8.1%

Industrial Technology

6.8%

Engineering And Industrial Management

4.5%

Computer Science

4.2%

Systems Engineering

3.2%

Manufacturing Engineering

3.2%

Chemical Engineering

3.2%

Computer Engineering

2.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.6%

Management

2.3%

Engineering

2.3%

Information Technology

2.3%

Computer Information Systems

1.9%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.9%

Project Management

1.9%

Engineering Technology

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.6%

Masters

36.7%

Other

10.6%

Associate

5.2%

Certificate

2.8%

Doctorate

1.3%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.3%
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