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Manufacturing Engineer
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Nashua
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description This client, a manufacturer of metal sub-assemblies and components, is based in Manchester, New Hampshire. They are looking for a Manufacturing Engineer to join their...
Sr. Manager of External Manufacturing
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Waltham
  • Salary: $120000 - $140000 per annum, Benefits: Bonus
  • Description Our client, one of the world’s fastest-growing global pharmaceutical companies is looking for an External Manufacturing Manager to join their rapidly expanding team. This company...
Director of Manufacturing
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Ireland
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description A global Biotechnologies company is seeking an experienced Manufacturing professional to be based in Ireland.  The company has been going through a Global transformation and...
Manufacturing Supervisor - Biotech Production
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Limerick
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description Manufacturing Supervisor A manufacturing supervisor is required for a rapidly growing biotechnology company, as they continue their major expansion and growth plan. My client
Global Product Manager
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Milwaukee
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description Global Product Manager needed for rapidly growing Industrial Manufacturing Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin A leading Industrial Manufacturing organization is looking for a
Procurement Engineer
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Berlin
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description A global and market leading highly technical manufacturing company is looking for a specialist buyer for direct materials with a strong technical background. You will  ...
Global Category Manager for Fleet, Utilities and Energy
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Stuttgart
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description Global Category Manager for Fleet, Utilities and Energy  A leader in the Manufacturing Industry who specialises within thermic comfort is seeking a Category Manager for...
Biotech Production Manager
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Republic of Ireland
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description A global Biotechnologies company is seeking an experienced Manufacturing professional to be based in Ireland.  The company has been going through a Global transformation and...
Category Manager for Fleet and Transport
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Stuttgart
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description Category Manager for Fleet and Transport A leader in the Manufacturing Industry who specialises within thermic comfort is seeking a Category Manager for Fleet and...

Manufacturing engineers are responsible for the development of existing and new production lines, technical management, and maintenance within a wide range of manufacturing industries. Many companies follow an intense,  24-hour production cycle and will therefore employ a technical person to oversee the overall manufacturing process, ensuring that everything is produced in the most economical, efficient and safest way possible. 
As a manufacturing engineer, you may be responsible for planning, designing and implementing various manufacturing systems, processes and equipment. This is a technical profession, and many individuals become a specialist in their chosen field. Typical tasks include quality control, managing team members and monitoring the overall production process. You’ll be responsible for improving systems and processes to increase the efficiency of production. Manufacturing  engineers liaise with other technical engineering professionals (e.g. electrical engineers and mechanical engineers) on a regular basis. 

Typical Employers
Manufacturing engineers may be employed in any manufacturing industry that has an end product. Examples include:

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Biotechnology
  • Food and drink
  • Clothing
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Oil refineries
  • Plant and machinery manufacture
  • Plastics

Employers range from small, local operations, to large multinational organizations. Local and central government also employ different types of manufacturing engineers, and work can be found in the armed forces. 

Job Specification, Salary, Outlook
Manufacturing engineers develop and implement cost-effective, optimized manufacturing methods and processes, in accordance with quality standards and product specifications. They also recommend and implement improvements to production processes and coordinate the manufacturing launch of revised or new products. Manufacturing engineers apply their skill to improve existing manufacturing processes and ensure that products such as machinery, food and drink, pharmaceuticals, plastics and other goods are produced efficiently and cost-effectively.

Manufacturing Engineer roles:

  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technologist
  • Manufacturing Process Engineer
  • Business Process Analyst
  • Manufacturing Specialist
  • Manufacturing Planner
  • Manufacturing Technology Analyst
  • Manufacturing Technologist
  • Tool Design Engineer
  • Tool Planner

So how much do manufacturing engineers earn? It depends on a wide range of factors, but the average salary for manufacturing engineers in the United States is $66,592 per annum, with a range of $49,520 - $90,851. Typical factors that impact the level of salary package include manufacturing knowledge, job location, product type, experience, technical skills, and academic background. Manufacturing engineers can expect an average salary of £29,916 per year in the United Kingdom, with a range of £19,454 - £41,689. 

Job Description
Manufacturing engineers are responsible for the development of production lines, technical management, and maintenance within a wide range of manufacturing industries. 

This specialist role typically involves planning, researching and developing manufacturing methods to design and develop different products. Manufacturing engineers determine how assembly line productivity can be optimized through the introduction or improvement of machinery. Manufacturing engineers may recommend which policies and new machinery are required at a company. They may be employed at companies that manufacture goods such as consumer electronics, building materials, automobiles, furniture, and packaged food.  

Manufacturing engineers are typically required to perform research on existing techniques and technology to advise the most suitable equipment for production use. Some manufacturing engineers also work to improve worker satisfaction and safety in the manufacturing environment. In addition, they may produce training manuals and conduct performance reviews.       

Typical Responsibilities

  • Improving manufacturing efficiency by planning and analyzing work flow, equipment layout, and space requirements
  • Developing manufacturing processes and methods by studying product specifications and requirement
  • Assuring process and product quality by designing and testing production methods and the end product 
  • Providing manufacturing recommendations by calculating production costs, materials and labor, and reviewing production schedules
  • Preparing detailed reports through data analysis
  • Ensuring manufacturing equipment is operational by coordinating repair and maintenance 
  • Completing design and development projects by guiding and training technicians  

Key Skills & Qualifications 

A high level of technical skill and expertise is required for this role. An engineering degree is generally required to become a manufacturing engineer. The following subjects and types of engineering degree are particularly relevant:

  • Chemical engineering
  • Electronic/electrical engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Production or manufacturing engineering

Although you generally won’t need a Masters degree to become a manufacturing engineer, having a relevant Masters in engineering, an integrated MEng degree or an engineering doctorate (EngD) may enhance your career prospects. 

Required job skills:

  • Expertise in the use of modern technology in the manufacturing process
  • Knowledge of a wide range of engineering procedures and functions
  • Qualifications and relevant work experience 
  • Valid license to work as a manufacturing engineer
  • A logical and practical approach to problem-solving
  • Excellent interpersonal, technical communication and presentation skills
  • The ability to work well under pressure
  • Organization and project management skills
  • The ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Being comfortable working in a range of different environments

Manufacturing Engineering Job Trends  
Career progression will typically depend on professional and academic background, performance and experience. Career development can also depend on the structure of the organization you work for, as well as the size and nature of the business. It can be beneficial to gain exposure and experience in different manufacturing industries. With progression, you might take a step back from technical hands-on side of the role and take on more strategic, managerial and business-focused responsibilities. Progression may provide the opportunity to move into manufacturing and engineering management, or into sales, marketing, or general management positions within the industry.  
Some manufacturing engineers choose to focus on research and development, specializing in a particular manufacturing area to become a project manager. You can also become self-employed as a consultant, and with substantial experience, become a partner in an engineering firm. Finding employment overseas is another viable alternative once you’ve gained several years of experience. Manufacturing engineering can be a diverse and varied role, with good progression opportunities for skilled individuals.