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Lean Manufacturing Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Lean Manufacturing Engineer develops LEAN work methodology within a manufacturing environment, optimizes machining processes to reach optimum product quality, efficiency and process repeatability at the lowest cost. Leads and deploys best practices in the manufacturing process by supporting continuous improvement in various manufacturing processes by reducing the tooling costs and improving the flow of material and setting up cycle times.

Job Outlook

There were 14 Lean Manufacturing Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 453 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Manufacturing Engineer industry, which includes the Lean Manufacturing Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Lean Manufacturing Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $89,675.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $89,675.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Lean Manufacturing Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $80,253.

Education and Experience

Posted Lean Manufacturing Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree4.42%
Bachelor's Degree76.16%
Master's Degree18.54%
Doctoral Degree0.88%
Other3.53%

Posted Lean Manufacturing Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years23.51%
3 to 5 years62.91%
6 to 8 years4.64%
9+ years8.94%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Lean Manufacturing Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Management (46.8%)
  • Problem Solving (43.71%)
  • Operations (40.62%)
  • Leadership (39.29%)
  • Communication (36.64%)
  • Planning (17.88%)
  • Microsoft Excel (16.78%)
  • Coaching (16.78%)
  • Customer Service (13.91%)
  • Microsoft Office (13.69%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Lean Methodologies (20.86%)
  • Lean Manufacturing (97.36%)
  • Industrial Engineering (21.34%)
  • Kaizen Methodology (46.76%)
  • Process Engineering (10.31%)
  • Six Sigma Methodology (36.45%)
  • Continuous Improvement Process (67.87%)
  • Manufacturing Processes (19.9%)
  • Process Improvement (40.05%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Production Process (6.24%)
  • Lean Enterprise (8.63%)
  • Root Cause Analysis (7.19%)
  • Auditing (9.35%)
  • Eight Disciplines Problem Solving (8D) (4.8%)
  • Mechanical Engineering (9.59%)
  • Toyota Production System (7.67%)
  • Balancing (Ledger/Billing) (12.23%)
  • New Product Development (8.15%)
  • Lean Six Sigma (14.63%)
  • Just In Time Methodology (4.8%)
  • Project Management (30.94%)
  • AutoCAD (7.67%)
  • Gemba (10.31%)
  • Value Stream Mapping (38.85%)
  • Cost Reduction (10.31%)
  • Manufacturing Operations (7.91%)
  • Kanban Principles (18.47%)
  • Tooling (11.51%)
  • Waste Minimization (8.39%)
  • Single-Minute Exchange Of Die (SMED) (9.35%)
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) (8.87%)
  • Overall Equipment Effectiveness (8.15%)
  • Change Management (9.35%)
  • PDCA Cycle (14.63%)
  • Cross-Functional Team Leadership (4.08%)
  • Workflow Management (13.19%)
  • Manufacturing Engineering (13.19%)
  • Supply Chain (11.27%)
  • SAP Applications (4.32%)
  • Business Process (4.08%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Lean Methodologies (23.39%)
  • Kaizen Methodology (52.42%)
  • Six Sigma Methodology (40.86%)
  • Continuous Improvement Process (76.08%)
  • Process Engineering (11.56%)
  • Industrial Engineering (23.92%)
  • Process Improvement (44.89%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Lean Manufacturing Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Lean Engineer
  • Transformation Lead
  • Lean Process Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Continuous Improvement Leader
  • Continuous Improvement Engineer
  • Virtual Intern
  • Continuous Improvement Manager
  • Lean Six Sigma Consultant

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Lean Manufacturing Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Carpenter Technology (22)
  • GPAC (19)
  • Parker Hannifin (14)
  • National Security Agency (11)
  • Pentair (10)
  • Gate Gourmet (10)
  • Atkore International (10)
  • Actalent (9)
  • Emerson Electric (8)
  • Segula Technologies (8)

North Carolina

  • Johnson Controls (2)
  • Pentair (2)
  • Bosch (2)
  • Stanadyne (1)
  • Hubbell (1)
  • Rapid Global Business Solutions (1)
  • Wolfspeed (1)
  • The Timken Company (1)
  • Masonite (1)
  • Wolfspeed (1)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!