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Manufacturing Assembly Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Oversees the design, development and optimization of high level assembly manufacturing processes. Defines manufacturing process, determines requirements for new processes or equipment, troubleshoots and implements process improvements. Recommends which formats to receive materials in to optimize the manufacturing process.

Job Outlook

There were 11 Manufacturing Assembly Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 763 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Manufacturing Engineer industry, which includes the Manufacturing Assembly Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Manufacturing Assembly 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 $80,574.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $73,197.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Manufacturing Assembly Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $72,097.

Education and Experience

Posted Manufacturing Assembly 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 Degree81%
Master's Degree19%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other0%

Posted Manufacturing Assembly 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 years50%
6 to 8 years19%
9+ years7%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Manufacturing Assembly 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%)
  • Troubleshooting (34%)
  • Problem Solving (33%)
  • Microsoft Office (26%)
  • Microsoft Excel (25%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Manufacturing Engineering (74%)
  • Manufacturing Processes (58%)
  • Electromechanical Assemblies (48%)
  • Mechanical Engineering (24%)
  • Lean Manufacturing (23%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Six Sigma (20%)
  • Scheduling (18%)
  • Industrial Engineering Industry Expertise (16%)
  • Lean Six Sigma (16%)
  • AutoCAD (14%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • CATIA (7%)
  • Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) (6%)
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC) (5%)
  • Tool Design (4%)
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) (4%)

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 along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Process Flow Development (1%) – marginal value $2,188
  • Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) (6%) – marginal value $2,108
  • Electronics Hardware (1%) – marginal value $1,631
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC) (5%) – marginal value $1,327
  • Process Validation (4%) – marginal value $1,307

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Senior Manufacturing Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineering Global Propulsion Systems Co-Op
  • Manufacturing Engineer - Assembly
  • Assembly Manufacturing Engineer

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 Manufacturing Assembly Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • General Motors (38)
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation (30)
  • Spacex (22)
  • L3Harris (21)
  • Deere & Company (21)

North Carolina

  • Cubic Corporation (2)
  • Altec Industries (1)
  • Ati (1)
  • Ati Industrial Automation Incorporated (1)
  • Hid Global Corporation (1)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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