A manufacturing engineer is an expert in industrial production, who is in charge of researching and developing methods to design, build, and ship various items. They determine the best way to use a piece of machinery and how the assembly line workers can maximize efficiency. In some cases, manufacturing engineers are in charge of determining what new machinery or polices are needed at a company. Manufacturing engineers work in organizations that produce a number of goods, including building materials, consumer electronics, furniture, automobiles, and packaged food. They are in charge of performing broad research on existing technology and techniques and help to determine the most suitable equipment to use and decide on how that equipment should be stationed on the factory floor. A manufacturing engineer is also continuously working on ways to improve worker safety and satisfaction. They can write training manuals, develop worker classes, and conduct performance reviews.
Manufacturing engineers must be well prepared, organized, detail-oriented, and good at communication. It also is important for manufacturing engineers to have a deep understanding of math, physics, and computer skills. It is required for these engineers to have at least a bachelor’s degree in engineering. In some cases, it is also required that they complete a licensing exam.
Manufacturing Engineer Tasks
- Identify, organize, and lead teams to resolve production and product issues.
- Identify and implement cost savings and safety initiatives.
- Adapt machine or equipment design to factory and production conditions.
- Design arrangement of machines within plant facilities to ensure most efficient and productive layout.
- Train lower-level Manufacturing Engineers.