Manufacturing engineers plan design and implement systems for manufacturing products. In some cases they make modifications in the manufacturing systems with the intent of optimizing the process and making it cost-effective. In other cases they devise new and improved quality control techniques. Overall their goal is to ensure that production is increased and costs are decreased so that the manufacturing company will remain competitive in the marketplace. If there are problems with the manufacturing process the manufacturing engineer often works with commercial and industrial designers or even manufacturing technicians to determine their source. Some manufacturing engineers travel around to various manufacturing plants so they can observe how things are done. Manufacturing engineers must have a firm grasp of mathematical and scientific principles to accomplish their analyses and they are usually familiar with how to use computer aided design (CAD) software. They must have strong analytical skills but they must also think creatively because much of their work calls for innovations and improvements in design. Sometimes they work on their own but they may also work on teams with other types of engineers or with professionals in other fields. Manufacturing engineers need a bachelor’s degree in engineering but positions that call for research often require a more advanced graduate degree. According to the website www.ehow.com the average annual salary for manufacturing engineers in the United States is approximately $84000.
|Education Required:||Bachelor's Degree|
|Tasks:||Designs manufacturing processes.
Creates procedures to manufacture products in a plant.
Works with clients to understand their specific manufacturing needs.
Trains client's employees on how to use manufacturing equipment.
|Also Called:||Manufacturing Developer