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.
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.