Manufacturing Test Engineer
What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
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
There were 81 Manufacturing Test Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 2288 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 2012:
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.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $85,782.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $85,155.
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 $76,510.
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.
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 Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||21%|
|3 to 5 years||55%|
|6 to 8 years||15%|
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.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (41%)
- Problem Solving (39%)
- Troubleshooting (36%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (27%)
- Microsoft Office (22%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Manufacturing Processes (55%)
- Manufacturing Engineering (47%)
- Test Equipment (45%)
- Project Management (23%)
- Scheduling (21%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Six Sigma (20%)
- Product Development (19%)
- Quality Assurance and Control (18%)
- Process Improvement (15%)
- Mechanical Engineering (15%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Process Engineering (7%)
- Statistical Process Control (SPC) (6%)
- Process Validation (6%)
- Design of experiments (DOE) (5%)
- Mechanical Design (3%)
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.
- Mixed-Signal (2%) – marginal value $2,083
- Process Engineering (7%) – marginal value $1,790
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Manufacturing Test Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Manufacturing Engineer
- Senior Manufacturing Engineer
- Manufacturing Engineer II
- Senior Manufacturing Test Engineer
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 Engineer
- Manufacturing Process Engineer
- Lean Manufacturing Engineer
- Manufacturing Project Engineer
- Manufacturing Assembly Engineer
- Advanced Manufacturing Engineer
- CNC and Machining Manufacturing Engineer
- Six Sigma Quality Engineer
- Product Quality Engineer
- Quality Validation Engineer
Here are the employers that have posted the most Manufacturing Test Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Raytheon (99)
- Northrop Grumman (49)
- Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (41)
- Abbott Laboratories (36)
- Spacex (31)
- TE Connectivity (12)
- Raytheon (8)
- Dell (7)
- Xylem (5)
- Corning Incorporated (3)
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!