Development engineers in manufacturing are responsible for developing manufacturing projects for their company. They are in charge of increasing manufacturing efficiency by developing process improvements. They use their engineering expertise to anticipate production issues and escalate manufacturing problems as soon as they arise. Development engineers in manufacturing work with other teams in their company to form a more cohesive production process, as well as use a personal computer to track manufacturing specifications and modify production numbers as needed. Development engineers in manufacturing actively participate in maintenance, production, and engineering tasks to establish preventative maintenance procedures, repair procedures, and spare parts requirements on all equipment, as well as monitor results. One of their main duties includes responding to customer complaints with root cause analysis and corrective actions. Development engineers in manufacturing plan, propose, and implement new production operations and equipment and the relocation of existing operations and equipment.
A bachelor's degree in engineering or a related field is required for this job, as is previous experience in a manufacturing engineering capacity. Industry certifications may be beneficial. Development engineers in manufacturing need to have strong interpersonal skills to convey technical ideas that can help increase production while using fewer company resources. They should have strong analytical skills, be able to multitask on a variety of projects, and have excellent problem-solving abilities.
Development Engineer, Manufacturing Tasks
Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment.
Assist in analyzing and assessing process improvements regarding new product introductions.
Research and analyze customer design proposals, specifications, and other data to evaluate the feasibility, cost, and requirements of designs.
Implement operating procedures, resolve system malfunctions, and provide technical information.