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Become A Senior Manufacturing Engineer

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Working As A Senior 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

  • $86,442

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Manufacturing Engineer Do

A Senior Manufacturing Engineer works in a company’s production operations and is responsible for developing and improving manufacturing processes. They analyze and propose solutions to engineering problems.

How To Become A Senior Manufacturing 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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Senior Manufacturing Engineer Career Paths

Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Senior Design Engineer Engineering Supervisor Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineering Manager Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
General Manager Maintenance Technician Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Project Engineering Manager Engineering Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Marketing Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Manager Project Manager Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Operations Director
Senior Director, Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Program Manager Marketing Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Senior Project Manager Vice President, Technology
Vice President Of Global Operations
15 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Manager Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • German

  • French

  • Mandarin

  • Russian

  • Chinese

  • Italian

  • Arabic

  • Portuguese

  • Japanese

  • Armenian

  • Carrier

  • Vietnamese

  • Korean

  • Cherokee

  • Indonesian

  • Zulu

  • Tahitian

  • Croatian

  • Tamil

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Real Senior Manufacturing Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 25, 2016 $160,000
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Finoric LLC Beasley, TX Oct 11, 2016 $158,000
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 21, 2015 $145,000
Senior Manager-Manufacturing Engineer BEI Sensors & Systems Company, Inc. Goleta, CA Feb 02, 2015 $141,327
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Mar 09, 2015 $140,000
SR. Staff Manufacturing Engineer, Advanced Stryker Corporation San Jose, CA Dec 13, 2016 $134,638
SR. Manufacturing Engineer The Fountain Group LLC Redwood City, CA Nov 09, 2016 $134,131
SR. Manufacturing Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Dec 12, 2016 $132,000 -
SR. Manufacturing Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Dec 20, 2016 $132,000 -
SR. Manufacturing Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Aug 17, 2016 $125,000 -
SR. Manufacturing Engineer The Fountain Group LLC Redwood City, CA Nov 09, 2015 $121,943
SR. Manufacturing Engineer The Fountain Group LLC Redwood City, CA Sep 11, 2015 $121,943
Senior Manufacturing Engineer-Opex Leader Covidien LP Mansfield, MA Oct 01, 2015 $106,725
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Rotuba Extruders Linden, NJ Nov 04, 2016 $106,683
SR. Manufacturing Engineer Stryker Endoscopy, A Division of Stryker Corporation San Jose, CA May 12, 2016 $105,000
SR. Manufacturing Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA May 16, 2016 $105,000 -
SR. Manufacturing Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Aug 31, 2016 $105,000 -
SR. Cell Manufacturing Engineer Eocell, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 20, 2016 $105,000
SR. Manufacturing Engineer Medtronic, Inc. Tempe, AZ Apr 09, 2016 $104,887
SR. Manufacturing Engineer Medtronic, Inc. Brooklyn Park, MN Jun 13, 2016 $93,725 -
Senior Manufacturing Engineer L&T Technology Services Limited Edison, NJ Aug 25, 2016 $92,747
SR. Manufacturing Engineer Medtronic, Inc. Danvers, MA Jun 10, 2016 $92,450
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Smith & Nephew, Inc. TN Jul 12, 2015 $92,000
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Saia-Burgess Automotive Actuators LLC Springfield, TN Apr 27, 2015 $92,000 -
SR. Manufacturing Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Aug 31, 2016 $90,875
Senior Manufacturing Engineer General Motors Company Pontiac, MI Jul 31, 2015 $90,584

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Top Skills for A Senior Manufacturing Engineer


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Top Senior Manufacturing Engineer Skills

  1. New Product Development
  2. Test Procedures
  3. Product Lines
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Design of automated equipment and fixtures for manufacturing improvements, and supporting new product development.
  • Documented dozens of Preventive maintenance test procedures for variety of capital equipment.
  • Result: 50% reduction in manufacturing costs and 48% reduction in manpower for primary product lines.
  • Managed resolution of quality issues and process improvements.
  • Eliminated safety concerns and improved productivity by 15%.

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