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Manufacturing Engineering Overview - Preparation - Day In The Life -
Earnings - Employment - Career Path Forecast - Professional Organizations

Day in the Life
Manufacturing engineering graduates generally begin their careers working in teams with other engineers to design a process or production system for a phase of a manufacturing process.  With experience, they may work as a production engineer, focusing on integrating the different processes and parts needed to create a finished product. Some manufacturing engineering graduates decide to focus on the overall system, and take a wide view of the process including supplies, distribution, cost control, resource management, and marketing. Throughout their work, manufacturing engineers are concerned about creating a quality product that meets customer needs in an efficient and safe manner that is cost effective.

Job Duties
Manufacturing engineers often work in teams. They will frequently meet with other engineers and others outside engineering to review the manufacturing process, goals, and current status.  Manufacturing engineers may be involved in workforce planning and use, work flow, and the design and space planning for the manufacturing process. They may be involved in product planning, providing input into original product design -- with an eye to what will be required to ultimately manufacture the product. Their expertise in production efficiency is helpful in product design, and packaging planning. Manufacturing engineers may work with suppliers and other vendors to develop and review part specification, pricing, and delivery planning. They will be involved in quality control, and meeting standards for the final product. They may also focus on planning production times, cost estimates, and marketing decisions.

The Workplace
Manufacturing engineers usually work in teams with others, and may physically spend time in manufacturing facilities, or in an office setting.  They often visit manufacturing settings to review the progress of processes, equipment, and projects. Although most manufacturing engineers work approximately 40 hours per week, they often have to work nights and weekends to meet deadlines.

Teams and Coworkers
Almost all jobs in engineering require some sort of interaction with coworkers. Whether they are working in a team situation, or just asking for advice, most engineers have to have the ability to communicate and work with other people. Engineers should be creative, inquisitive, analytical, and detail-oriented. They should be able to work as part of a team and to communicate well, both orally and in writing. Communication abilities are important because engineers often interact with specialists in a wide range of fields outside engineering.

Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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