Manufacturing Process Engineer Salary
Earnings for Manufacturing Process Engineers in the United States come in at around $68K annually on average. Cash earnings for Manufacturing Process Engineers — which occasionally include more than $9K from bonuses and more than $12K from profit sharing — stretch from around $47K to approximately $97K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the particular employer. Job satisfaction for Manufacturing Process Engineers is high. Men account for the majority of Manufacturing Process Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 80 percent to be exact. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Job Description for Manufacturing Process Engineer
The manufacturing process engineer lead the development and organization of production operations. They develop a successful workflow, adapt to changing conditions, and develop new equipment, procedures, and policies to increase efficiency in all operations. This professional must use analytical thinking to introduce new innovations to production processes. The manufacturing process engineer also oversees operations to ensure that employees and equipment comply with safety regulations, identifies cost-saving opportunities, troubleshoots machinery, and report all deficiencies to upper management. They coordinate with front-line management to ensure that production is operating smoothly and provide training to production teams on how to use equipment properly. Additionally, the manufacturing process engineer must respond to all maintenance and mechanical emergencies and handle them appropriately.Read More...
The manufacturing process engineer typically works full time during regular business hours and on-call when necessary. They often spend most time working on production floor in a typical factory setting with some time reserved for general office duties. Some travel may be required for this position.
Successful applicants for manufacturing process engineers generally must have at least a bachelor's degree in engineering or a related discipline, as well as at least eight years of experience in a similar manufacturing engineering position. Certified manufacturing engineer (CMfgE) certification is often preferred. These professionals must have experience the latest electromechanical technology and possess the ability to adapt to technological changes. They should also have in-depth knowledge using manufacturing programs and demonstrate the ability to learn new programs when necessary. The manufacturing process engineer must have strong communication skills and be familiar with relevant computer programs and applications.
Manufacturing Process Engineer Tasks
- Study time, methods, and speed involved in production to establish standard workflow rate and improve efficiency.
- Coordinate the purchase of special equipment, materials, or parts and ensure they meet specifications and quality standards.
- Create product specifications and detailed assembly instructions.
- Aid and report on work assignments, machine capacity, production schedules, and anticipated delays.
- Recommend technology or computer aids, product design changes and workspace layout modification to existing production standards to achieve optimum quality and efficiency.
Common Career Paths for Manufacturing Process Engineer
Manufacturing Process Engineers who go on to become Senior Process Engineers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Process Engineers is $100K annually. As Manufacturing Process Engineers progress in their field, many go on to become Manufacturing Engineering Managers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $95K per year. Another common career choice for Manufacturing Process Engineers is to move into a Manufacturing Production Manager role. Typically, Manufacturing Production Managers get paid $62K.
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Popular Skills for Manufacturing Process Engineer
Manufacturing Process Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Process Improvement, Lean Manufacturing, Manufacturing Process Engineering, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Computer Aided Design, SolidWorks, and Microsoft Word. Those familiar with Manufacturing Process Engineering also tend to know Lean Manufacturing and Microsoft Excel.
Pay by Experience Level for Manufacturing Process Engineer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $64K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $76K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Manufacturing Process Engineers make a median salary of $78K. Manufacturing Process Engineers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $86K.
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