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Manufacturing Automation Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Manufacturing Automation Engineer designs, programs and improves automated machinery and processes within a manufacturing environment. Are responsible for the design specifications, documentation and troubleshooting of the equipment. Often work within vehicle manufacturing and food processing plants, where robots or machines are used to perform specific functions.

Job Outlook

There were 23 Manufacturing Automation Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 636 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Manufacturing Automation 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 $89,340.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $89,340.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Manufacturing Automation Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $74,577.

Education and Experience

Posted Manufacturing Automation 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 Degree9.12%
Bachelor's Degree69.03%
Master's Degree17.45%
Doctoral Degree2.83%
Other4.09%

Posted Manufacturing Automation 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 years15.24%
3 to 5 years57.89%
6 to 8 years14.13%
9+ years12.74%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Manufacturing Automation 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.

  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving) (43.24%)
  • Communication (32.55%)
  • Operations (25.63%)
  • Problem Solving (23.27%)
  • Leadership (22.17%)
  • Management (18.24%)
  • Innovation (17.92%)
  • Planning (14.78%)
  • Research (11.48%)
  • Writing (10.53%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Automation (83.5%)
  • Control Systems (22.44%)
  • Electrical Engineering (25.91%)
  • Systems Engineering (32.84%)
  • Project Management (28.38%)
  • Robotics (28.38%)
  • Manufacturing Automation (54.62%)
  • Manufacturing Processes (31.52%)
  • Programmable Logic Controllers (37.29%)
  • Mechanical Engineering (22.94%)
  • Human Machine Interfaces (25.74%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Siemens PLC (3.63%)
  • Industry 4.0 (4.13%)
  • AutoCAD (16.17%)
  • Qualification Protocols (IQ/OQ/PQ) (5.94%)
  • Computer-Aided Design (9.74%)
  • Six Sigma Methodology (8.25%)
  • Industrial Automation (6.77%)
  • Workflow Management (5.45%)
  • Electrical Wiring (4.29%)
  • Change Control (4.95%)
  • Welding (9.24%)
  • SolidWorks (CAD) (13.7%)
  • Assembly Lines (4.13%)
  • Data Integrity (3.14%)
  • C++ (Programming Language) (4.46%)
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (13.86%)
  • Computer Science (11.88%)
  • Cyber Security (3.47%)
  • Biotechnology (4.79%)
  • Business Process Automation (4.79%)
  • Process Engineering (6.27%)
  • Computer System Validation (2.31%)
  • Instrumentation (5.78%)
  • Life Sciences (4.79%)
  • Continuous Improvement Process (16.34%)
  • Design For Manufacturability (3.63%)
  • Industrial Engineering (8.42%)
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) (7.92%)
  • Manufacturing Operations (10.4%)
  • Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) (15.02%)
  • Machining (12.71%)
  • Pharmaceuticals (11.88%)
  • Machinery (11.88%)
  • Ladder Logic (7.43%)
  • Overall Equipment Effectiveness (6.27%)
  • Manufacturing Engineering (15.35%)
  • Profibus (4.13%)
  • Pneumatics (5.45%)
  • Lean Manufacturing (14.36%)
  • Manufacturing Execution System (MES) (8.75%)
  • New Product Development (11.72%)
  • Risk Analysis (6.93%)
  • Tooling (11.39%)
  • Process Improvement (11.88%)
  • Process Control (11.88%)
  • Root Cause Analysis (4.62%)
  • Safety Standards (2.64%)
  • Programmable Logic Controllers Programming (14.36%)
  • Statistical Process Controls (7.1%)
  • Test Equipment (1.82%)
  • Sensors (10.56%)
  • Rockwell FactoryTalk (2.81%)

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.

  • Electrical Engineering (32.04%)
  • Systems Engineering (40.61%)
  • Control Systems (27.76%)
  • Mechanical Engineering (28.37%)
  • Project Management (35.1%)
  • Robotics (35.1%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Automation Engineer
  • Engineering Specialist
  • Automation Manager
  • Controls Engineer
  • Automation Specialist
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Automation Controls Engineer
  • Field Automation Engineer
  • Associate Automation 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 Automation Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Ford (40)
  • Merck (22)
  • Northrop Grumman (18)
  • Saint-Gobain (17)
  • GPAC (17)
  • Randstad (15)
  • Actalent (14)
  • Koch Industries (11)
  • Cepheid (8)
  • Emerson Electric (7)

North Carolina

  • Saint-Gobain (3)
  • Merck (3)
  • Victaulic Company (2)
  • Randstad (2)
  • Wabtec (2)
  • Actalent (1)
  • Pfizer (1)
  • Adecco (1)
  • Ford (1)
  • Insight Global (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!