Manufacturing Engineers

Manufacturing Engineer Calibrates Machine

Manufacturing engineers use scientific knowledge and tools to design, integrate, and improve manufacturing products and systems. They work closely with manufacturing designers to fine-tune designs to increase productivity while reducing costs. The Department of Labor reports that there are approximately 123,390 engineers, all others not listed separately, employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Design, test, and improve manufacturing processes, systems, and products
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Three or more years experience; on-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements Security clearance required for some positions
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Manager, Department Head
  • Senior Manufacturing Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Junior Manufacturing Engineer