What You Do

Simply put, engineers in manufacturing “design, integrate, or improve manufacturing systems or related processes.” In this industry you must have a good understanding of systems and machines, and the ability to see both the big picture and the fine details. Ultimately, your goal is to minimize cost and maximize productivity of the manufacturing process.

Sample Positions

  • Manufacturing Director
  • Process Engineer
  • Plant Engineer

Sample Problem

Manufacturing engineers often work in teams. If a design engineer designs a new part to be used, you as a manufacturing engineer must incorporate that part properly into your process. You will make sure it is beneficial and applicable to the manufacturing process, and then explain its function to the manufacturing technicians in order for things to run smoothly. Everything must run smoothly.

Majors & Classes

Most commonly, manufacturing engineers graduate with degrees in mechanical engineering or industrial engineering. It is also important to have an understanding of chemistry, as well as proficiency with computer-aided design (CAD) software and other such technologies. Both of these skills can contribute to optimizing and/or automating the manufacturing process.

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