Manufacturing Engineering Technologists

Manufacturing Engineering Technologists in Factory

Manufacturing engineering technologists develop tools, designs, machinery, equipment, or computer technologies for effective, streamlined manufacturing processes. They monitor manufacturing processes, ensuring safe operations and identifying areas for improved productivity. They use various software programs, including computer-aided design software, in their work. There are approximately 74,290 engineering technicians, except drafters, employed in the United States, as reported by the Department of Labor.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Use math and scientific knowledge to develop, design, and integrate machinery, tools, and technologies for improved manufacturing processes
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country; states with the highest employment level are California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Ohio
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Two to three years experience; on-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Supervisor, Department Head
  • Senior Manufacturing Engineering Technologist
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technologist
  • Apprentice, Junior Engineering Technologist