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Manufacturing Engineers - 17-2112.03

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Advanced Manufacturing Engineer
  • Facility Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Plant Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Process Improvement Engineer

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Analyze the financial impacts of sustainable manufacturing processes or sustainable product manufacturing.
  • Apply continuous improvement methods such as lean manufacturing to enhance manufacturing quality, reliability, or cost-effectiveness.
  • Communicate manufacturing capabilities, production schedules, or other information to facilitate production processes.
  • Design layout of equipment or workspaces to achieve maximum efficiency.
  • Design tests of finished products or process capabilities to establish standards or validate process requirements.
  • Design, install, or troubleshoot manufacturing equipment.
  • Determine root causes of failures or recommend changes in designs, tolerances, or processing methods, using statistical procedures.
  • 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.
  • Estimate costs, production times, or staffing requirements for new designs.
  • 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.
  • Evaluate manufactured products according to specifications and quality standards.
  • 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.
  • Incorporate new manufacturing methods or processes to improve existing operations.
  • Investigate or resolve operational problems, such as material use variances or bottlenecks.
  • Prepare documentation for new manufacturing processes or engineering procedures.
  • Prepare reports summarizing information or trends related to manufacturing performance.
  • Provide technical expertise or support related to manufacturing.
  • Purchase equipment, materials, or parts.
  • 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.
  • Review product designs for manufacturability or completeness.
  • Supervise technicians, technologists, analysts, administrative staff, or other engineers.
  • Train production personnel in new or existing methods.
  • Troubleshoot new or existing product problems involving designs, materials, or processes.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze costs and benefits of proposed designs or projects.
  • Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes or products.
  • Assess product or process usefulness.
  • Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans.
  • Create graphical representations of industrial production systems.
  • Design industrial equipment.
  • Design industrial processing systems.
  • Determine causes of operational problems or failures.
  • Determine operational methods.
  • Develop operational methods or processes that use green materials or emphasize sustainability.
  • Develop technical methods or processes.
  • Devise research or testing protocols.
  • Estimate operational costs.
  • Estimate technical or resource requirements for development or production projects.
  • Estimate time requirements for development or production projects.
  • Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality.
  • Implement design or process improvements.
  • Install production equipment or systems.
  • Investigate the environmental impact of projects.
  • Prepare operational reports.
  • Prepare procedural documents.
  • Provide technical guidance to other personnel.
  • Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance.
  • Resolve operational performance problems.
  • Supervise production or support personnel.
  • Train personnel on proper operational procedures.
  • Update technical knowledge.

Military Crosswalk Titles

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Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Manufacturing Engineer