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Manufacturing Engineer

Salary, Job Description, How To Become One, and Where to Apply

Manufacturing Engineer

Manufacturing Engineer

Manufacturing Engineers focus on the design, development and operation of integrated production systems to obtain high quality & competitive products. These systems may include material handling equipment, machine tools, robots or even computers or networks of computers.

Salary: xxxxx per year
Job Satisfaction: Very High
Transferability: Very High
Education: Degree
Job Growth: High
Personality: xxxx

1. Job Description
2. Typical Day At Work
3. Responsibilities
4. Working Life
5. Is This Right For Me
6. Related Careers

Job Description

Manufacturing encompases all of the processes that bring to life a design using materials, equipment, tools and manpower to produce a finished product. This may sound like any mundane manufacturing facility. You may be forgive for thinking this but we are talking about manufacturing for the UK nuclear industry so the products that you will be manufacturing can range from a tool supporting refuelling of the current fleet of nuclear powered submarines, a test rig for a nuclear waste carrying flask or a heat exchanger to be used in a reactor primary core. ​ The manufacturing function can be divided into many different roles but for ease when deciding whether there is a role for you in the nuclear industry we can split the function into three main areas being management, manufacturing engineering and operations. Manufacture Management All the tasks associated with planning, organising, controlling, monitoring of the manufacturing process. Manufacturing Management also encompasses the recruiting and training of the required resources to to deliver to time, costs and quality. Manufacture Engineering All the work from analysing the detailed design to developing the manufacturing methodology, process flow, plant layout and any required tooling all comes under the remit of manufacturing engineering. ​

Manufacture Operations The manufacturing operations process includes receipt of materials, machining, fabrication, assembly, testing and commissioning. All of this supported throughout with quality control inspection which is the key differentiator of manufacturing in the UK Nuclear Industry due to the increase in the quality requirement through documentation, non-destructive testing and additional testing and commissioning requirements. Okay, so where do you go from here? Dependant upon your current qualification, skills and experience you may be in a position to apply right for a job immediately or find out more about the training courses available. To find out where you sit in the scheme of things we'll be following this post up with a skills matrix for you to assess your chances of a job in manufacturing in the UK Nuclear Industry.

Typical Day At Work

Although their responsibilities can vary depending upon the type of organisation, their core responsibilities include:​

  • Management of process documentation including PFMEA, Design for Manufacture (DFM), DFMEA and Control Plans.

  • Developing and support processes for new products.

  • Devising and delivering process methods for continuous improvement projects in line with quality, cost & delivery

  • Leading Continuous improvement teams in all manufacturing aspects including Cost down activities in method, tools and materials.

  • Supporting Quality engineering in defect investigation and deliver root cause resolution.

  • supporting the project team to meet project milestones.

  • Individual part reviews to feed into the complete tooling solution

  • Support and lead where necessary Pre-Series builds.

  • Support Manufacturing until (Project Closed)


Average Salary

$56,000 (£40,000)

Average Hourly Rate

$42.25 (£30.00)

One of the most popular questions we get from our readers here is how much do Manufacturing Engineers make per year and their hourly wage.

The average is around £40,000 (typically between £30,000 and £65,000) with a top earners bringing home above £110,000 per year.

Other Responsibilities

A Manufacturing Engineers duties and responsibilities include:

  • Driveline optimisation, timings, bottleneck studies, and maintain/improve drawings specifications and procedures

  • Supporting technical documentation (SOP's, BOM's, Work Instructions and more)

  • Liaise with Head of Engineering, Process Engineering Management, Production Management, and shop floor supervisors to support day to day production whilst driving out waste and quality defects

  • Lead a drive a continuous improvement culture and develop internally as part of the engineering team in this function

  • Review and improve manufacturing processes utilising tools such as value stream mapping

  • Ensuring full compliance with all Health & Safety / Quality site requirements

  • Develop effective relationships that enable the influence of new product development to be designed for manufacture, maintain the ethos of a 'right first time culture

  • Provide cross-functional Engineering expertise and continue to grow and develop your own skillset in line with internal training and company goals

With the typical skills and experience:

  • Proven experience in a Production Engineering position (2+ years desired)

  • B.Eng, HND/HNC or similar in Manufacturing, Process Engineering or similar (Desired)

  • Understanding of Lean/Six Sigma techniques

  • Great computer skills with a good knowledge of CAD and Excel

  • Experienced working as part of a team in projects of medium scale

Additionally, you will need to meet the vetting requirements.

Working Life

Working Hours:

Standard 37.5 hour week

Regular schedule like a 9 to 5

In a typical week, although contracted to 37.5 hours per week, it is not unusual for a procurement manager to regularly work between 42 and 45 hours per week.

Much of a procurement specialists 9 to 5 is split between attending meetings or design reviews and working to create, amend or review designs.

Is this right for me

Best Personality for this career.