Manufacturing Engineers
SOC: 17-2199.04

Description:

Design, integrate, or improve manufacturing systems or related processes. May work with commercial or industrial designers to refine product designs to increase producibility and decrease costs.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
136,900 employed

Projected (2024):
142,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Applications Engineer, Manufacturing
  • Automation Engineer
  • Continuous Improvement Manager
  • Engineer, Foundry Process
  • Engineer, Methods
  • Engineer, Process
  • Facility Engineer
  • Foundry Process Engineer
  • Lean Manufacturing Engineer
  • Manufacturing Applications Engineer
  • Manufacturing Director
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineering Manager
  • Manufacturing Process Engineer
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineer
  • Methods Engineer
  • Plant Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Process Manufacturing Engineer


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Apply continuous improvement methods such as lean manufacturing to enhance manufacturing quality, reliability, or cost-effectiveness.
  • Design layout of equipment or workspaces to achieve maximum efficiency.
  • Identify opportunities or implement changes to improve products or reduce costs using knowledge of fabrication processes, tooling and production equipment, assembly methods, quality control standards, or product design, materials and parts.
  • Communicate manufacturing capabilities, production schedules, or other information to facilitate production processes.
  • Design testing methods and test finished products or process capabilities to establish standards or validate process requirements.
  • Design, install, or troubleshoot manufacturing equipment.
  • Determine root causes of failures using statistical methods and recommend changes in designs, tolerances, or processing methods.
  • Estimate costs, production times, or staffing requirements for new designs.
  • Evaluate manufactured products according to specifications and quality standards.
  • Incorporate new methods and processes to improve existing operations.
  • Investigate or resolve operational problems, such as material use variances or bottlenecks.
  • Prepare documentation for new manufacturing processes or engineering procedures.
  • Purchase equipment, materials, or parts.
  • Review product designs for manufacturability or completeness.
  • Troubleshoot new or existing product problems involving designs, materials, or processes.
  • Prepare reports summarizing information or trends related to manufacturing performance.
  • Provide technical expertise or support related to manufacturing.
  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, participate in educational programs, attend meetings, attend workshops, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in the manufacturing field.
  • Supervise technicians, technologists, analysts, administrative staff, or other engineers.
  • Train production personnel in new or existing methods.
  • Analyze the financial impacts of sustainable manufacturing such as by implementing sustainable manufacturing processes or manufacturing sustainable products.
  • Develop sustainable manufacturing technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, minimize raw material use, replace toxic materials with non-toxic materials, replace non-renewable materials with renewable materials, or reduce waste.
  • Evaluate current or proposed manufacturing processes or practices for environmental sustainability, considering factors such as green house gas emissions, air pollution, water pollution, energy use, or waste creation.
  • Redesign packaging for manufactured products to minimize raw material use or waste.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Desktop computers
  • Digital calipers
  • Digital micrometers
  • Laptop computers
  • Optical compound microscopes
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Programmable logic controller PLC software
  • Scientific calculators
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • C
  • CNC Mastercam
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Computer numerical control CNC software
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA software
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Geometric CAMWorks
  • IBM Notes
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Word
  • Minitab software
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • Oracle software
  • Pro-E CAD software
  • Product lifecycle management PLM software
  • PTC Creo Parametric
  • SAP software
  • Siemens NX for Manufacturing
  • SolidWorks CAD software
  • SolidWorks Enterprise PDM
  • Web browser software


  • architecture and engineering


    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980