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At A Glance: Manufacturing Engineer

Manufacturing engineers are responsible for designing, integrating, or improving manufacturing systems and related processes. At times, they work to refine product designs. Their job requires them to use specialized computer software to develop and analyze fabrication and assembly processes, equipment, specifications and quality standards. Manufacturing engineers may supervise production workers and technicians. To become a manufacturing engineers require at least a bachelor's degree. Employers may require several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training. Such workers earn approximately $46.62 an hour, and the need for them grows at an average rate of 5% to 9% per year.

Entry Level Requirements


Bachelor's Degree

To become a manufacturing engineer requires a bachelor's degree.
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The job concentration is

10% Higher
than average for the manufacturing industry in the Tri-State area.

How much can I make?

Hourly Rate: $24 - $78/HR.

Job Details: Manufacturing Engineer

Commonly Performed Tasks

There are many tasks that manufacturing engineers must perform regularly. Manufacturing engineers provide technical expertise and support to manufacturing processes. They work with all departments in a company to develop processes that result in cost-effective production of parts or products.
  • Troubleshoot new or existing product problems involving designs, materials, or processes
  • Investigate or resolve operational problems, such as material use variances or bottlenecks
  • Identify opportunities or implement changes to reduce costs or improve processes or products
  • Apply continuous improvement methods to enhance manufacturing quality or cost-effectiveness
  • Provide technical expertise or support related to manufacturing

Required Job Skills

Manufacturing engineers require specific skills, abilities and knowledge to do their jobs effectively. They must be able to solve complex problems, apply a variety of mathematical concepts to their work when needed, and read and understand complex information. Because manufacturing engineers supervise production, they must be able to communicate with others and make effective judgments and decisions.
  • Use mathematical calculations to solve problems
  • Comprehend complex informational text and visuals
  • Identify, analyze, and solve complex problems
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Knowledge of materials, processes, and systems
  • Knowledge of machines, tools, and materials

Education & Training Information

Programs and Opportunities

Robert Morris University
Program: Manufacturing Engineering
Certification: Bachelor's Degree
Length: 4 Years
Community College of Allegheny County - South Campus
Program: Manufacturing Technology
Certification: Associate's Degree
Length: 2 Years

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