Manufacturing Automation Engineer
What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
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.
There were 11 Manufacturing Automation Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 483 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 2012:
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.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $89,400.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $86,009.
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 $80,676.
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.
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 Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||20%|
|3 to 5 years||52%|
|6 to 8 years||18%|
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.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Troubleshooting (43%)
- Communication Skills (35%)
- Problem Solving (35%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (24%)
- Microsoft Office (20%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Industrial Engineering Industry Expertise (41%)
- Industrial Engineering (39%)
- Robotics (37%)
- Project Management (34%)
- Manufacturing Processes (31%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Scheduling (19%)
- Commissioning (17%)
- Budgeting (17%)
- Process Improvement (14%)
- Six Sigma (14%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Mechanical Design (7%)
- Chemical Engineering (6%)
- Electromechanical Systems (5%)
- Machine Vision (4%)
- Mechatronics (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 Validation (1%) – marginal value $2,042
- Medical Device Design (2%) – marginal value $1,418
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
- Senior Automation Engineer
- Process Automation Engineer
- Manufacturing Engineer Assistant
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.
- Manufacturing Project Engineer
- Manufacturing Process Engineer
- Lean Manufacturing Engineer
- Manufacturing Engineer
- Manufacturing Test Engineer
- CNC and Machining Manufacturing Engineer
- Welding Process Engineer
- Electrical Controls Engineer
- Manufacturing Assembly Engineer
- Advanced Manufacturing Engineer
Here are the employers that have posted the most Manufacturing Automation Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- XPO Logistics (20)
- Chewy (10)
- Eaton (9)
- Otter Tail (8)
- Emerson Electric Company (7)
- Eaton (2)
- Winston Salem County Schools (2)
- Chewy (1)
- Honeywell (1)
- Hyster-Yale Materials Handling (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!