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Lean Manufacturing Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

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 256 Lean Manufacturing Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 5719 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 2012:

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 $81,845.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $76,839.

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 $73,678.

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 Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree79%
Master's Degree20%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other0%

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 years24%
3 to 5 years54%
6 to 8 years12%
9+ years11%

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.

  • Communication Skills (46%)
  • Problem Solving (46%)
  • Microsoft Office (30%)
  • Planning (30%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (29%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Manufacturing Engineering (70%)
  • Six Sigma (59%)
  • Manufacturing Processes (57%)
  • Lean Six Sigma (48%)
  • Lean Manufacturing (48%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Industrial Engineering (19%)
  • Scheduling (19%)
  • Mechanical Engineering (18%)
  • Root Cause Analysis (16%)
  • AutoCAD (16%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Product Improvement (6%)
  • Design of experiments (DOE) (6%)
  • Process Control (5%)
  • Engineering Change Orders (5%)
  • Total productive maintenance (5%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Senior Manufacturing Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer II
  • Manufacturing Engineering Manager
  • Manufacturing Engineer I

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

  • Applied Materials (118)
  • Danaher Corporation (67)
  • Raytheon (66)
  • Actalent (63)
  • L3Harris (63)

North Carolina

  • TE Connectivity (8)
  • Eaton (7)
  • Fortive Corporation (7)
  • SPX (7)
  • Circor International Incorporated (5)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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