Manufacturing Engineer

Increasing production to become more profitable is the goal of every manufacturer and companies rely upon an advanced manufacturing engineer to achieve that goal.

Job Description

When buying school supplies, clothing, or even a new car, people don’t often think about how those things were designed, the machines used to manufacture them, or how much it cost to produce them.

An advanced manufacturing engineer assumes those duties and responsibilities to make sure that the goods manufactured are of good quality, that adequate supplies are available, and that production costs are controlled to allow their employer to profit from the sales.

An advanced manufacturing engineer generally works to create the design and function of items such as equipment, tools, computers, and even robots. These resources help the company they work for to increase production of products that are manufactured efficiently and of high quality materials, but at a reasonable cost to allow the company to be competitive within their industry. Advanced manufacturing engineers may work at many different types of companies creating a wide range of products such as chemicals, computers, or airplanes. Specific jobs done by an advanced manufacturing engineer are:

  • Creating quality standards and ensuring the company attains them
  • Setting up and managing both manufacturing equipment and procedures
  • Testing efficiency of manufacturing operation
  • Creating budgets for operation based on labor, production time, resources required, and deadlines to be met
  • Working with managers and production team to oversee progress and success
  • Investigating manufacturing software to improve production

Stem Type

Mid Ulster Mega


The advanced manufacturing engineer must earn a bachelor’s degree or a Higher Level Apprenticeship in mechanical or manufacturing engineering. In addition to a college degree, job candidates are expected to have a flair for maths and problem-solving, but also skilled in communication and creative in approaching designs and solutions to production issues. Internships are often required when first hired by a manufacturer. A master’s degree in a related area can lead to advancement in the field.

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