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Become A Supervisor, Manufacturing Engineer

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Working As A Supervisor, 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

  • $83,460

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Supervisor, Manufacturing Engineer does

  • Led employee daily activities and ensured production efficiencies, work safety, quality and quantity.
  • Develop and implement cost reduction plans achieving $50,000 annually per employee supervised.
  • Result in Quality award from both Cadillac and Delphi automotive.
  • Managed PFMEA and contributed to the PPAP launch process.
  • Traveled worldwide to support field product quality.
  • Supervised manufacturing of $39 million new valve production run.
  • Instruct operators on the operation of new equipment.
  • Developed the plan for implementation of SPC as an engineering and manufacturing tool.
  • Created standard work procedures through time observations.
  • Performed both internal and supplier quality system audits.
  • Achieved cost savings in excess of [ ] by rerouting parts and correcting rates to new estimate.
  • Analyze and implement process improvements for cost reductions.
  • Led 20 hourly associates across three departments in daily production and shipments.
  • Supervised 4 employees, scheduled production shifts, annual performance appraisals and coordination with QA while working within production schedule.
  • Led the returned material distribution process.
  • Created and modified CNC lathe programs to reduce cycle time and cost.
  • Started the use of six sigma as a problem-solving tool.
  • Supported TPM and Kaizen events.
  • Re-engineered build sequence to improve product flow and reduce bottlenecks on assembly line.
  • Designed plant layouts and workflow patterns for the existing 126,000 square foot Danvers facility and projected future facility space requirements.

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How To Become A Supervisor, 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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Real Supervisor, Manufacturing Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Supervisor, Manufacturing Engineering Alstom Power Inc. Richmond, VA Jan 02, 2016 $91,374 -
Supervisor-Manufacturing Engineering Eaton Hydraulics, LLC Shawnee, OK Oct 24, 2009 $88,741
Supervisor, Manufacturing Engineering Flow International Corporation Kent, WA Jan 15, 2010 $70,000 -
Production Supervisor-Manufacturing Engineer L Perrigo Company Allegan, MI Jan 24, 2011 $68,000

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Top Supervisor, Manufacturing Engineer Skills

  1. Product Lines
  2. Safety
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Team member to implement kanban signals for finished flap assemblies on 3 product lines.
  • Conducted safety meetings informing team members of departmental memos and pertinent information on safe die construction.
  • Directed the Plastic's Quality Department developed standard operating procedures, work instructions, and Control Plans based on customer requirements.
  • Introduced a new type of CNC pipe bender controls resulting in reduced scrap and improved productivity.
  • Oversee facility security and environmental management systems.

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