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Manufacturing Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Uses technology and engineering to help companies and organizations manufacture products with efficient use of time, resources, and energy.

Job Outlook

There were 496 Manufacturing Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 15108 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new 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 $79,631.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $75,921.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Manufacturing Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $70,400.

Education and Experience

Posted 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 Degree76%
Master's Degree20%
Doctoral Degree1%
Other2%

Posted 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 years30%
3 to 5 years50%
6 to 8 years12%
9+ years8%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills 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 (35%)
  • Problem Solving (28%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (22%)
  • Troubleshooting (21%)
  • Planning (19%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Manufacturing Engineering (56%)
  • Manufacturing Processes (44%)
  • Mechanical Engineering (17%)
  • Lean Manufacturing (13%)
  • Industrial Engineering Industry Expertise (11%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Project Management (17%)
  • Scheduling (14%)
  • Quality Assurance and Control (11%)
  • Process Improvement (10%)
  • Product Development (9%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Product Design (7%)
  • New Product Development (5%)
  • Six Sigma (5%)
  • Design for Manufacture/Design for Assembly (DFM/DFA) (4%)
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC) (4%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Senior Manufacturing Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer II
  • Manufacturing Engineer I
  • Automotive 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 Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Raytheon (328)
  • Northrop Grumman (234)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (201)
  • The Boeing Company (171)
  • General Motors (146)

North Carolina

  • Biogen (13)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (12)
  • Volvo (9)
  • Novartis (9)
  • Honda (9)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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