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Manufacturing Process Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Develops workflow, work station, and equipment improvement recommendations within a company's manufacturing environment. Fine tunes manufacturing processes by researching, designing, modifying, and testing manufacturing methods and equipment. Evaluates manufacturing processes, applies knowledge of product design, fabrication, assembly, tooling, and material.

Job Outlook

There were 198 Manufacturing Process Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 5344 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Manufacturing Process 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 $83,731.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $80,897.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Manufacturing Process Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $74,586.

Education and Experience

Posted Manufacturing Process 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 Degree77%
Master's Degree22%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other0%

Posted Manufacturing Process 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 years27%
3 to 5 years53%
6 to 8 years12%
9+ years8%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Manufacturing Process 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 (43%)
  • Problem Solving (40%)
  • Troubleshooting (30%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (28%)
  • Planning (21%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Manufacturing Processes (67%)
  • Manufacturing Engineering (42%)
  • Process Engineering (41%)
  • Project Management (27%)
  • Process Improvement (26%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Mechanical Engineering (17%)
  • Process Design (15%)
  • Quality Assurance and Control (14%)
  • Cost Control (13%)
  • Industrial Engineering Industry Expertise (13%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Process Control (7%)
  • New Product Development (7%)
  • Kaizen (7%)
  • Six Sigma Black Belt (5%)
  • DMAIC (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.

  • Technology Transfer (3%) – marginal value $2,055

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Senior Manufacturing Engineer
  • Senior Process Improvement Professional
  • Continuous Improvement 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 Process Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Humana (288)
  • Northrop Grumman (115)
  • General Motors (88)
  • Abbott Laboratories (73)
  • Danaher Corporation (63)

North Carolina

  • Pfizer (18)
  • Biogen (11)
  • Humana (7)
  • TE Connectivity (7)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (6)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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