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Manufacturing Engineers

Design, integrate, or improve manufacturing systems or related processes. May work with commercial or industrial designers to refine product designs to increase producibility and decrease costs.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Troubleshoot new or existing product problems involving designs, materials, or processes.
    • Investigate or resolve operational problems, such as material use variances or bottlenecks.
    • Identify opportunities or implement changes to improve manufacturing processes or products or to reduce costs, using knowledge of fabrication processes, tooling and production equipment, assembly methods, quality control standards, or product design, materials and parts.
    • Apply continuous improvement methods such as lean manufacturing to enhance manufacturing quality, reliability, or cost-effectiveness.
    • Provide technical expertise or support related to manufacturing.
    • Incorporate new manufacturing methods or processes to improve existing operations.
    • Determine root causes of failures or recommend changes in designs, tolerances, or processing methods, using statistical procedures.
    • Review product designs for manufacturability or completeness.
    • Prepare reports summarizing information or trends related to manufacturing performance.
    • Design layout of equipment or workspaces to achieve maximum efficiency.
    • Prepare documentation for new manufacturing processes or engineering procedures.
    • Communicate manufacturing capabilities, production schedules, or other information to facilitate production processes.
    • Supervise technicians, technologists, analysts, administrative staff, or other engineers.
    • Design, install, or troubleshoot manufacturing equipment.
    • Evaluate manufactured products according to specifications and quality standards.
    • Estimate costs, production times, or staffing requirements for new designs.
    • Train production personnel in new or existing methods.
    • Design tests of finished products or process capabilities to establish standards or validate process requirements.
    • Analyze the financial impacts of sustainable manufacturing processes or sustainable product manufacturing.
    • Develop sustainable manufacturing technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, minimize raw material use, replace toxic materials with non-toxic materials, replace non-renewable materials with renewable materials, or reduce waste.
    • Purchase equipment, materials, or parts.
    • Evaluate current or proposed manufacturing processes or practices for environmental sustainability, considering factors such as greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, water pollution, energy use, or waste creation.
    • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, participate in educational programs, attend meetings, attend workshops, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in the manufacturing field.
    • Redesign packaging for manufactured products to minimize raw material use or waste.


    • Complex Problem Solving

      Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    • Mathematics

      Using mathematics to solve problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • Category Flexibility

      The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).


    • Engineering and Technology

      Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 15,950
    • Yearly Projected Openings 1,300

    Typical Education


    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Initiative


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    • Microcontrollers
    • Desktop computers
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    • Binocular light compound microscopes


    • Electronic mail software
    • Development environment software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
    • Computer aided design CAD software


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