Manufacturing Engineer: Salary, Job Description, How To Become One, and Job Types

Manufacturing Engineer

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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

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.

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)

Other Responsibilities

Besides their typical day, Manufacturing Engineering roles in nuclear also need to manage the expectations of their key stakeholders. These include the end-users, financial sponsor, their own senior management and their wider delivery team. Much of a Manufacturing Engineer in nuclear's time is spent in design reviews, providing status updates and managing key relationships.

Separately, many Manufacturing Engineers provide support to others in the form of training, advising and mentoring. Often with a technical position having chosen to enter management 5-10 years into their career, the experience of the typical manufacturing engineer is perfect for supporting the next generation of workers. 

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.

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