Manufacturing Engineer  What They Do

Just the Facts


Designs, integrates, or improves manufacturing systems or related processes. May work with commercial or industrial designers to refine product designs to increase producibility and decrease costs.

This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Engineering and Technology pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Troubleshoots new or existing product problems involving designs, materials, or processes.
  • Investigates or resolves operational problems, such as material use variances or bottlenecks.
  • Identifies opportunities or implements 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.
  • Applies continuous improvement methods such as lean manufacturing to enhance manufacturing quality, reliability, or cost-effectiveness.
  • Provides technical expertise or support related to manufacturing.
  • Incorporates new manufacturing methods or processes to improve existing operations.
  • Reviews product designs for manufacturability or completeness.
  • Determines root causes of failures or recommends changes in designs, tolerances, or processing methods, using statistical procedures.
  • Prepares reports summarizing information or trends related to manufacturing performance.
  • Prepares documentation for new manufacturing processes or engineering procedures.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Engineer --
  • Advanced Manufacturing Vice President --
  • Facility Engineer --
  • Manufacturing Director --
  • Manufacturing Engineering Director --
  • Manufacturing Engineering Manager --
  • Plant Engineer --
  • Process Engineer -- Develops and optimizes economical industrial processes to make the huge range of products on which modern society depends.
  • Process Improvement Engineer --