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Manufacturing Engineering Technologists
SOC Code: 17-3029.06

Develop tools, implement designs, or integrate machinery, equipment, or computer technologies to ensure effective manufacturing processes.

Sample of reported job titles: Business Process Analyst, Manufacturing Coordinator, Manufacturing Technology Analyst, Product Manager, Scientist


  • Ensure adherence to safety rules and practices.
  • Monitor manufacturing processes to identify ways to reduce losses, decrease time requirements, or improve quality.
  • Recommend corrective or preventive actions to assure or improve product quality or reliability.
  • Identify opportunities for improvements in quality, cost, or efficiency of automation equipment.
  • Plan, estimate, or schedule production work.
  • Evaluate manufacturing equipment, materials, or components.
  • Identify or implement new or sustainable manufacturing technologies, processes, or equipment.
  • Develop or maintain programs associated with automated production equipment.
  • Estimate manufacturing costs.
  • Prepare 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.
  • Select material quantities or processing methods needed to achieve efficient production.
  • Verify weights, measurements, counts, or calculations and record results on batch records.
  • Oversee equipment start-up, characterization, qualification, or release.
  • Develop manufacturing infrastructure to integrate or deploy new manufacturing processes.
  • Develop production, inventory, or quality assurance programs.
  • Create computer applications for manufacturing processes or operations, using computer-aided design (CAD) or computer-assisted manufacturing (CAM) tools.
  • Train manufacturing technicians on topics such as safety, health, fire prevention, or quality.
  • Analyze manufacturing supply chains to identify opportunities for increased efficiency in the acquisition of raw materials.
  • Monitor manufacturing operations to ensure adherence to environmental policies and practices.
  • Evaluate current or proposed manufacturing processes or practices for environmental sustainability, considering factors such as green house gas emissions, air pollution, water pollution, energy use, or waste creation.
  • Perform routine equipment maintenance.
  • Coordinate equipment purchases, installations, or transfers.
  • Install manufacturing engineering equipment.
  • Design plant layouts or production facilities.
  • Develop sustainable manufacturing technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, minimize raw material use, replace toxic materials with non-toxic materials, replace non-renewable materials with renewable materials, or reduce waste.
  • Develop processes to recover, recycle, or reuse waste or scrap materials from manufacturing operations.
  • Train manufacturing technicians on environmental protection topics.
  • Operate complex processing equipment.

Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software - MSC Software Adams; MSC Software Nastran; MSC Software Patran
  • Computer aided design CAD software - Autodesk AutoCAD ; Dassault Systemes CATIA ; PTC Creo Parametric ; Siemens PLM Software NX (see all 7 examples)
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software - Cimatron Group GibbsCAM; Delcam; Materilise Magics; Vero Software SURFCAM (see all 6 examples)
  • Development environment software - National Instruments LabVIEW
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software - Infor Industrial Essentials; Management information systems MIS; Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne ; SAP
  • Graphics or photo imaging software - Microsoft Visio
  • Industrial control software - MASS Group FactoryLink SCADA HMI; National Instruments NI-DAQmx; Siemens SIMATIC HMI; VIA Information Tools MAN-IT (see all 10 examples)
  • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software - ABB CPM4Metals; AspenTech Aspen InfoPlus; Horizon Software MRP Plus; Materials requirement planning MRP software
  • Object or component oriented development software - G-code; Microsoft Visual C++
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Project management software - Microsoft Project
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Adjustable wrenches - Adjustable hand wrenches
  • Calipers - Dial calipers; Digital calipers
  • Casting machines - Centrifugal casting machines; Permanent mold casting machines
  • Center gauge - Edge finders
  • Comparators - Optical comparators
  • Coordinate measuring machines CMM
  • Deburring tool - Deburring tools
  • Desktop computers
  • Drill press or radial drill - Drill presses
  • Eddy current examination equipment - Eddy current inspection equipment
  • Fatigue testers - Fatigue testing machines
  • Frequency calibrator or simulator - Signal analyzers
  • Fume hoods or cupboards - Fume hoods
  • Fused deposition modeling machine - Fused deposition modeling FDM machines
  • Hardness testers - Automatic microhardness testers
  • Hex keys - Hex key sets
  • Horizontal turning center - Computerized numerical control CNC lathes; Engine lathes
  • Induction heaters - Induction melting units
  • Injection molding machines - Thermoplastic injection molding presses
  • Liquid penetrant examination equipment - Dye penetrant inspection equipment
  • Magnetic particle examination equipment - Magnetic inspection equipment
  • Metal band sawing machine - Band saws
  • Microcontrollers - Automated vision systems; Programmable automation controllers PAC; Programmable logic controllers PLC
  • Micrometers
  • Milling machines - 3-axis computer numerically controlled CNC milling machines; Computerized numerical control CNC machining centers; Computerized numerical control CNC routers
  • Osmometers
  • pH meters
  • Power grinders - Pedestal grinders
  • Rulers - Machinist rules
  • Safety glasses
  • Scanners - Three-dimensional laser digitizers
  • Spectrometers
  • Spectrophotometers
  • Straight edges - Parallel sets
  • Tension testers - Servohydraulic tensile testing machines; Tensile testers
  • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe - Lathes
  • Turning machines - Computerized numerical control CNC turning centers
  • Universal milling machine - Horizontal milling machines
  • Vertical machining center - Vertical machining centers
  • Vertical turning center - Vertical spindle mills
  • Wire cathode electrode discharge machine - Electrical discharge machines EDM


  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Technology Design - Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.


  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Number Facility - The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Speed of Closure - The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.


  • Interest code: RIC
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 91% responded “Every day.”
  • Electronic Mail - 86% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone - 73% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 73% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 77% responded “Every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 59% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 59% responded “Very important.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 59% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Time Pressure - 59% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 55% responded “Contact with others most of the time.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 52% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 45% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 32% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Letters and Memos - 45% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 45% responded “Very important.”
  • Level of Competition - 41% responded “Highly competitive.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 45% responded “Important results.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 41% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 38% responded “Very important.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 32% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 32% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 32% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 41% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Physical Proximity - 55% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).”
  • Consequence of Error - 32% responded “Serious.”


Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
41%Associate's degree
36%Bachelor's degree
9%High school diploma or equivalent

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

Work Values

  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $29.92 hourly, $62,230 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 77,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Average (5% to 9%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 7,100

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