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Manufacturing Test Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Manufacturing Test Engineer supports an efficient manufacturing process by developing and executing procedures to test the efficiency of machinery within a manufacturing environment. Assesses and analyzes production test data, and suggests any corrective actions for identified deficiencies within the equipment. Sets up routine maintenance schedules and suggest new processes or upgrades to enhance overall efficiency

Job Outlook

There were 10 Manufacturing Test Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 943 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Manufacturing Test 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 $96,500.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $96,500.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Manufacturing Test Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $84,760.

Education and Experience

Posted Manufacturing Test 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 Degree5.2%
Bachelor's Degree72.96%
Master's Degree22.27%
Doctoral Degree4.35%
Other1.91%

Posted Manufacturing Test 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 years17.77%
3 to 5 years55.8%
6 to 8 years17.93%
9+ years8.5%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Manufacturing Test 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) (43.27%)
  • Communication (38.81%)
  • Operations (26.83%)
  • Problem Solving (25.03%)
  • Management (22.48%)
  • Leadership (17.71%)
  • Self-Motivation (13.26%)
  • Verbal Communication Skills (11.66%)
  • Reliability (11.24%)
  • Interpersonal Communications (10.92%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Test Automation (24.31%)
  • Automation (23.24%)
  • Electrical Engineering (36.78%)
  • Debugging (24.52%)
  • Python (Programming Language) (30.38%)
  • LabVIEW (33.26%)
  • Test Planning (21.54%)
  • Test Engineering (84.01%)
  • New Product Development (24.52%)
  • Test Equipment (43.71%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • TestStand (16.52%)
  • Product Knowledge (4.26%)
  • Visual Basic (Programming Language) (8.1%)
  • Assembly Drawing (2.13%)
  • Computer-Aided Design (6.4%)
  • Six Sigma Methodology (5.86%)
  • Auditing (2.35%)
  • C (Programming Language) (15.03%)
  • Oscilloscope (13.33%)
  • Automatic Test Equipment (7.68%)
  • Software Development (13.22%)
  • Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) (2.88%)
  • Data Analysis (15.14%)
  • Code Coverage (9.7%)
  • C# (Programming Language) (14.39%)
  • Printed Circuit Board (8.32%)
  • ISO 9000 Series (2.13%)
  • SolidWorks (CAD) (7.57%)
  • Electronic Circuits (3.84%)
  • C++ (Programming Language) (16.1%)
  • Calibration (8.21%)
  • Configuration Management (3.62%)
  • Computer Science (17.91%)
  • Contract Manufacturing (3.62%)
  • Operating Systems (3.09%)
  • Electronic Engineering (3.94%)
  • Data Collection (3.09%)
  • Communications Protocols (6.72%)
  • Quality Management (1.39%)
  • Continuous Improvement Process (12.79%)
  • Procurement (6.93%)
  • Computer Engineering (13.86%)
  • Instrumentation (6.72%)
  • Data Acquisition (6.72%)
  • Electronics (18.34%)
  • Electronics Manufacturing (2.77%)
  • Linux (8.1%)
  • Electromechanics (9.38%)
  • Product Lifecycle Management (7.78%)
  • Engineering Change Order (2.45%)
  • Project Management (14.07%)
  • Engineering Drawings (3.73%)
  • Test Strategy (7.04%)
  • Firmware (4.37%)
  • Functional Testing (13.97%)
  • R (Programming Language) (7.14%)
  • MATLAB (7.04%)
  • Manufacturing Processes (17.48%)
  • Manufacturing Engineering (13.75%)
  • Lean Manufacturing (12.9%)
  • Product Design (9.59%)
  • Production Process (6.08%)
  • Mechanical Engineering (12.9%)
  • Software Engineering (7.14%)
  • Manufacturing Execution System (MES) (2.77%)
  • Test Design (3.94%)
  • Verification And Validation (8.1%)
  • Technical Documentation (4.69%)
  • Programming Languages (6.08%)
  • Test Data (7.46%)
  • Testability (9.38%)
  • Tooling (8.53%)
  • Process Improvement (8.21%)
  • Production Line (9.06%)
  • Root Cause Analysis (12.9%)
  • Product Quality (QA/QC) (4.37%)
  • Scripting (10.23%)
  • Statistical Process Controls (7.68%)
  • SAP Applications (5.97%)
  • Export Control (4.9%)
  • SQL (Programming Language) (13.86%)
  • Technical Writing (4.58%)
  • Sensors (8.85%)

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 (57.21%)
  • Debugging (38.14%)
  • LabVIEW (51.74%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Production Test Engineer
  • Test Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Integration and Test Engineer
  • Assembly Manufacturing Engineer
  • Assembly Engineer
  • Manufacturing Software Engineer
  • Manufacturing Equipment Engineer
  • Labview Developer

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 Test Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Actalent (57)
  • Raytheon Technologies (54)
  • Lockheed Martin (45)
  • Tesla (26)
  • Symbotic (22)
  • Amazon (21)
  • Google (17)
  • BAE Systems (14)
  • Boeing (11)
  • Blue Origin (11)

North Carolina

  • Volvo (2)
  • Lenovo (2)
  • Schneider Electric (1)
  • Atlantis It (1)
  • Insight Global (1)
  • Honda (1)
  • Atom Power Ltd (1)
  • Qorvo (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!