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Working As A Manufacturing Test 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 Test 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.


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 Test 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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Manufacturing Test Engineer Career Paths

Manufacturing Test Engineer
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Test Engineer Quality Assurance Lead Quality Assurance Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Test & Development Engineer Senior Test Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Factory Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Test Engineer Project Manager Product Manager
Global Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Engineering Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Engineer Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Systems Engineer Product Manager
Product Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Test & Development Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager
Research And Development Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Operations Director
Senior Director, Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Manufacturing Manager
Senior Manufacturing Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Engineer Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Senior Quality Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Engineer Quality Assurance Manager Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Product Manager Director Of Product Development
Vice President Product Development
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Engineer 4.3 years
Product Engineer 3.6 years
Process Engineer 3.5 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Test Engineer 3.0 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 2.7%
Top Employers After
Engineer 4.2%

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Manufacturing Test Engineer Education


Northeastern University


Purdue University


University of Massachusetts - Lowell


San Jose State University


Georgia Institute of Technology -


University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez


University of Central Florida


Wentworth Institute of Technology


Rochester Institute of Technology


University of Phoenix


Kettering University


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Santa Clara University


New Mexico State University


University of Texas at Dallas


Clemson University


University of Texas at Austin


Southern New Hampshire University


University of Massachusetts - Boston


North Carolina State University

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Electrical Engineering Technology




Computer Science


Mechanical Engineering


Computer Engineering


Project Management


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Computer Information Systems


Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians


Engineering And Industrial Management


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Real Manufacturing Test Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manufacturing Test Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 17, 2016 $155,000
Manufacturing Test Engineer Pure Storage, Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 17, 2016 $150,000
Manufacturing Test Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 13, 2014 $150,000
Manufacturing Test Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 05, 2016 $150,000
Manufacturing Test Engineer Netpolarity, Inc. Fremont, CA Apr 01, 2016 $135,655
Manufacturing Test Engineer A2Z Development Center, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 09, 2016 $129,500
RF Manufacturing Test Engineer Litepoint Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Feb 01, 2011 $120,000
Manufacturing Engineer In Test II Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Nov 11, 2014 $120,000
Manufacturing Test Engineer A2Z Development Center, Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 05, 2013 $111,842 -
Manufacturing Test Engineer II A2Z Development Center, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Mar 21, 2016 $110,700
Manufacturing Test Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 01, 2010 $110,000
Manufacturing Test Engineer Manager Unigen Corporation Fremont, CA Aug 21, 2015 $108,702
Manufacturing Test Engineer II A2Z Development Center, Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 08, 2013 $108,000
Manufacturing Test Engineer Arista Networks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Dec 08, 2014 $101,000 -
Manufacturing Test Engineer Cisco Systems, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 23, 2013 $94,224 -
Principle Staff Manufacturing Test Engineer Motorola, Inc. Horsham, PA Jan 12, 2010 $91,541 -
Manufacturing Test Engineer II A2Z Development Center, Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 28, 2013 $90,000
Manufacturing Engineering Test Engineer Tektronix, Inc. Beaverton, OR Jun 04, 2010 $89,479
Manufacturing Test Engineer Casa Systems Inc. Andover, MA Jan 28, 2015 $89,294
Manufacturing Test Engineer Juniper Networks, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jun 23, 2015 $88,254 -
Test Manufacturing Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Jan 10, 2016 $88,000 -
Manufacturing Test Engineer Juniper Networks, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Nov 15, 2012 $82,930 -
Manufacturing Test Engineer Aruba Networks, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 13, 2014 $82,000
Manufacturing Test Engineer Casa Systems, Inc. Andover, MA Jan 10, 2016 $81,700 -
Test Engineer III-Manufacturing Echostar Technologies LLC Englewood, CO Jun 05, 2016 $81,266
Manufacturing Test Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 01, 2015 $80,000 -
Manufacturing Test Engineer Unigen Corporation Fremont, CA Nov 09, 2016 $80,000
Manufacturing Test Engineer Echostar Technologies LLC Englewood, CO Jul 01, 2015 $78,728 -

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Top Skills for A Manufacturing Test Engineer


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Top Manufacturing Test Engineer Skills

  1. Product Design
  2. Test Hardware
  3. Test Equipment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinated Engineering and Production for product design changes and system modifications.
  • Worked with ATE and bench equipment to fine tune test hardware and software and excellent soldering and hand tools skills.
  • Performed troubleshooting and repair of legacy test equipment.
  • Perform qualification of test fixtures and test equipment to ensure test systems are capable of providing accurate and reliable test results.
  • Established testing lab and instrumented 300+ MW turbine during two year international assignment.

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