Learn a Trade: Manufacturing Engineer

This Manufacturing Engineer is checking a piece of tooling before running it

What is a Manufacturing Engineer?

Manufacturing Engineer Jobs are in demandManufacturing engineers usually work inside factories or other production sites. They develop efficient systems, processes and utilize and manage machine operators (like CNC mill, lathe, press operators etc) and software programmers (like CAD and CAM systems programmers) that produce high-quality products. They also take into account how much material manufacturing processes use, how to minimize scrap and its impact on the environment and are involved in capital equipment purchasing.

Responsibilities of a manufacturing engineer:

The main manufacturing engineer responsibilities revolve around analyzing requirements for each production process and product at hand, and determining the most efficient operations based on these requirements. Also, these professionals may provide feedback to Mechanical Engineers to improve the design of machines and equipment on the production line.

Manufacturing Engineer Duties:

  • Evaluate manufacturing processes based on quality criteria, such as efficiency and speed
  • Study production and CNC and/or Robotic machine requirements/programming
  • Develop and test effective automated and manual systems
  • Help design and install equipment
  • Organize and manage manufacturing workflows and resources
  • Integrate disparate systems (e.g. equipment handling, transport)
  • Optimize facility layouts, production lines, machine operations and network performance
  • Resolve issues and delays in production
  • Find ways to reduce costs and maximize quality
  • Train staff in new and existing processes
  • Collaborate with other engineers, contractors and suppliers
  • Ensure that manufacturing procedures follow safety and environmental regulations
  • Upgrade systems and processes with new technology


  • Previous experience in CNC Machining, Robotics, Automated Equipment
  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes, fabrication methods and tool design
  • Familiarity with manufacturing equipment and quality assurance techniques
  • Commitment to health and safety standards and environmental regulations
  • Well-versed in relevant software (e.g. CAD, CAM, MS Office)
  • Project management skills
  • Problem-solving ability
  • Teamwork skills
  • Ability to occasionally work late shifts
  • Degree in Engineering; post-graduate degree is a plus