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Manufacturing Engineer (General)

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Manufacturing Engineer uses technology and engineering to help companies and organizations manufacture products with efficient use of time, resources, and energy.

Job Outlook

There were 1101 Manufacturing Engineer (General) job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 35714 in the United States.

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


Many new Manufacturing Engineer (General) 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 $84,407.


The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $80,592.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Manufacturing Engineer (General) postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $78,042.

Education and Experience

Posted Manufacturing Engineer (General) 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 Degree6.93%
Bachelor's Degree76.05%
Master's Degree13.89%
Doctoral Degree3.14%

Posted Manufacturing Engineer (General) 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 years29.15%
3 to 5 years53.77%
6 to 8 years9.77%
9+ years7.31%


Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Manufacturing Engineer (General) 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.

  • Operations (34.3%)
  • Communication (30.3%)
  • Problem Solving (28.78%)
  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving) (23.82%)
  • Management (20.95%)
  • Leadership (19.29%)
  • Planning (17.51%)
  • Microsoft Office (15.43%)
  • Microsoft Excel (13.85%)
  • Writing (11.71%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Manufacturing Engineering (42.34%)
  • Tooling (34.69%)
  • Continuous Improvement Process (28.2%)
  • Project Management (24.4%)
  • Manufacturing Processes (50.51%)
  • Lean Manufacturing (32.84%)
  • Process Failure Mode And Effects Analysis (PFMEA) (7.68%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Auditing (7.47%)
  • Statistical Process Controls (9.25%)
  • Process Improvement (24.75%)
  • AutoCAD (13.4%)
  • Process Engineering (8.01%)
  • Procurement (6.52%)
  • Industrial Engineering (16.72%)
  • Cost Reduction (10.39%)
  • Welding (6.42%)
  • Fabrication (9.43%)
  • Production Process (12.36%)
  • Manufacturing Operations (11.09%)
  • Product Design (8.35%)
  • Machinery (9.56%)
  • Six Sigma Methodology (13.63%)
  • Mechanical Engineering (20.09%)
  • Root Cause Analysis (11.07%)
  • Workflow Management (11.39%)
  • Machining (16.45%)
  • New Product Development (23.95%)
  • Electrical Engineering (8.93%)
  • Computer-Aided Design (14.86%)
  • SolidWorks (CAD) (16.4%)
  • Product Quality (QA/QC) (8.84%)
  • Quality Management Systems (6.7%)
  • Automation (16.5%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Fixture Design (3.47%)
  • Design For Manufacturability (6.48%)
  • Process Capability (3.37%)
  • Tooling Design (6.84%)
  • Human Factors And Ergonomics (2.51%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineering Intern
  • Manufacturing Quality Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technician
  • Manufacturing Automation Engineer
  • Manufacturing Controls Engineer
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineer
  • Assembly Manufacturing Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineering Associate
  • Manufacturing Process 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 (General) jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Actalent (1937)
  • Raytheon Technologies (621)
  • Northrop Grumman (530)
  • Randstad (528)
  • Ford (490)
  • GPAC (490)
  • Lockheed Martin (436)
  • Tesla (353)
  • Boeing (339)
  • Stoughton Trailers (335)

North Carolina

  • Actalent (109)
  • Randstad (28)
  • Raytheon Technologies (26)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific (21)
  • Altec Industries (19)
  • Pfizer (17)
  • Cummins (17)
  • Siemens Energy (16)
  • HNI (16)
  • Fujifilm (15)

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!