Manufacturing Engineers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+10.1% (faster than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's degree


What Manufacturing Engineers Do

Design, integrate, or improve manufacturing systems or related processes. May work with commercial or industrial designers to refine product designs to increase producibility and decrease costs.

Other Job Titles Manufacturing Engineers May Have

Facility Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Plant Engineer, Process Engineer, Process Improvement Engineer

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

LAEP 1A Program Improvement Leader ,

GE Aviation

My day begins with a production meeting to discuss the status of our builds and any issues that the teams need help resolving. Throughout my day, I’ll spend time working on cost out projects, doing various shop capacity and strategy analyses and help our teams solve problems that are stopping their engine builds. Towards the end of the day, I will attend another production meeting to discuss the day's progress and any new issues that came up.

Manufacturing Engineering Leader ,

Cummins, Inc.

I attend hours of meetings every day in which my team decides the actions which we will take next. These can be from day to day operations, community involvement, or future planning five to ten years from now.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Troubleshoot new or existing product problems involving designs, materials, or processes.
  • Investigate or resolve operational problems, such as material use variances or bottlenecks.
  • Identify opportunities or implement changes to improve manufacturing processes or products or to reduce costs, using knowledge of fabrication processes, tooling and production equipment, assembly methods, quality control standards, or product design, materials and parts.
  • Apply continuous improvement methods such as lean manufacturing to enhance manufacturing quality, reliability, or cost-effectiveness.
  • Provide technical expertise or support related to manufacturing.

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