Manufacturing Engineering Technologist  What They Do

Just the Facts


Develops tools, implements designs, or integrates machinery, equipment, or computer technologies to ensure effective manufacturing processes.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Manufacturing Production Process Development pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Ensures adherence to safety rules and practices.
  • Monitors manufacturing processes to identify ways to reduce losses, decrease time requirements, or improve quality.
  • Recommends corrective or preventive actions to assure or improve product quality or reliability.
  • Identifies opportunities for improvements in quality, cost, or efficiency of automation equipment.
  • Evaluates manufacturing equipment, materials, or components.
  • Plans, estimates, or schedules production work.
  • Identifies or implements new or sustainable manufacturing technologies, processes, or equipment.
  • Develops or maintains programs associated with automated production equipment.
  • Estimates manufacturing costs.
  • Prepares layouts, drawings, or sketches of machinery or equipment, such as shop tooling, scale layouts, or new equipment design, using drafting equipment or computer-aided design (CAD) software.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting

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:

  • Business Process Analyst -- Responsible for understanding the workings of organization-wide processes to improve and maintain them.
  • Manufacturing Coordinator --
  • Manufacturing Technology Analyst --
  • Product Manager --
  • Scientist --