Salary, Job Description, How To Become One, and Where to Apply
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
Job Growth: High
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Job Description
4. Pros and Cons
5. What Is The Job Like
6. Is This Right For Me
7. Related Careers
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.
Average Hourly Rate
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.
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.
Pros and Cons
Here are some of the pros and cons of the role: