Manufacturing Engineering Technologists
SOC: 17-3029.06


Develop tools, implement designs, or integrate machinery, equipment, or computer technologies to ensure effective manufacturing processes.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
70,100 employed

Projected (2024):
69,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Business Process Analyst
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technologist
  • Manufacturing Planner
  • Manufacturing Specialist
  • Manufacturing Technologist
  • Manufacturing Technology Analyst
  • Technical Fellow
  • Tool Design Engineer
  • Tool Planner

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed


    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.


    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Prepare layouts, drawings, or sketches of machinery or equipment, such as shop tooling, scale layouts, or new equipment design, using drafting equipment or computer-aided design (CAD) software.
  • Oversee equipment start-up, characterization, qualification, or release.
  • Create computer applications for manufacturing processes or operations, using computer-aided design (CAD) or computer-assisted manufacturing (CAM) tools.
  • Coordinate equipment purchases, installations, or transfers.
  • Develop manufacturing infrastructure to integrate or deploy new manufacturing processes.
  • Erect manufacturing engineering equipment.
  • Install and evaluate manufacturing equipment, materials, or components.
  • Monitor or measure manufacturing processes to identify ways to reduce losses, decrease time requirements, or improve quality.
  • Design plant layouts or production facilities.
  • Develop or maintain programs associated with automated production equipment.
  • Develop production, inventory, or quality assurance programs.
  • Estimate manufacturing costs.
  • Identify and implement new manufacturing technologies, processes, or equipment.
  • Identify opportunities for improvements in quality, cost, or efficiency of automation equipment.
  • Recommend corrective or preventive actions to assure or improve product quality or reliability.
  • Select material quantities or processing methods needed to achieve efficient production.
  • Verify weights, measurements, counts, or calculations and record results on batch records.
  • Ensure adherence to safety rules and practices.
  • Operate complex processing equipment.
  • Perform routine equipment maintenance.
  • Plan, estimate, or schedule production work.
  • Train manufacturing technicians on topics such as safety, health, fire prevention, or quality.
  • Analyze manufacturing supply chains to identify opportunities for increased efficiency in the acquisition of raw materials.
  • Design plant or production layouts that minimize environmental impacts.
  • Develop processes to recover, recycle, or reuse waste or scrap materials from manufacturing operations.
  • 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.
  • Evaluate current or proposed manufacturing processes or practices for environmental sustainability, considering factors such as green house gas emissions, air pollution, water pollution, energy use, or waste creation.
  • Monitor manufacturing operations to ensure adherence to environmental policies and practices.
  • Train manufacturing technicians on environmental protection topics.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • 3-axis computer numerically controlled CNC milling machines
  • Adjustable hand wrenches
  • Automated vision systems
  • Automatic microhardness testers
  • Band saws
  • Centrifugal casting machines
  • Computerized numerical control CNC lathes
  • Computerized numerical control CNC machining centers
  • Computerized numerical control CNC routers
  • Computerized numerical control CNC turning centers
  • Coordinate measuring machines CMM
  • Deburring tools
  • Desktop computers
  • Dial calipers
  • Digital calipers
  • Drill presses
  • Dye penetrant inspection equipment
  • Eddy current inspection equipment
  • Edge finders
  • Electrical discharge machines EDM
  • Engine lathes
  • Fatigue testing machines
  • Fume hoods
  • Fused deposition modeling FDM machines
  • Hex key sets
  • Horizontal milling machines
  • Induction melting units
  • Lathes
  • Machinist rules
  • Magnetic inspection equipment
  • Micrometers
  • Optical comparators
  • Osmometers
  • Parallel sets
  • Pedestal grinders
  • Permanent mold casting machines
  • pH meters
  • Programmable automation controllers PAC
  • Programmable logic controllers PLC
  • Safety glasses
  • Servohydraulic tensile testing machines
  • Signal analyzers
  • Spectrometers
  • Spectrophotometers
  • Tensile testers
  • Thermoplastic injection molding presses
  • Three-dimensional laser digitizers
  • Vertical machining centers
  • Vertical spindle mills
  • ABB CPM4Metals
  • Artificial intelligence software
  • AspenTech Aspen InfoPlus
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Cimatron Group GibbsCAM
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA software
  • Dassault Systemes SolidWorks software
  • Delcam software
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • G-code
  • Horizon Software MRP Plus
  • Human machine interface HMI software
  • Infor Industrial Essentials
  • Kubotek CADKEY Wireframe
  • Management information systems MIS software
  • Manufacturing execution system MES software
  • MASS Group FactoryLink SCADA HMI
  • Materials requirements planning MRP software
  • Materilise Magics
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Visual C++
  • Microsoft Word
  • MSC Software Adams
  • MSC Software Nastran
  • MSC Software Patran
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • National Instruments NI-DAQmx
  • Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne
  • Oracle software
  • Planit software
  • PLC Automation Intellution iFIX
  • PTC Creo Parametric
  • Rapid prototyping software
  • SAP software
  • Siemens PLM Software NX
  • Siemens PLM Software Solid Edge
  • Siemens SIMATIC HMI software
  • Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software
  • Surfware SURFCAM
  • VIA Information Tools MAN-IT
  • Wonderware InTouch HMI

  • architecture and engineering

    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980