Manufacturing engineers are responsible for the technical management, maintenance and development of new and existing production lines within a wide range of manufacturing industries.
Since the basic principles of manufacturing engineering apply to all industries, you can work in numerous sectors, including:
- food and drink
Manufacturing engineers are designers, as well as analytical and creative thinkers. This means you can operate on your own initiative but also contribute as a team member working with engineers from various disciplines.
- design new systems, equipment and processes for the introduction of new products or for the improvement of existing ones
- work with other engineers, such as chemical, mechanical and electrical engineers, to ensure all product and system requirements are taken into account from the initial product conception to the finished result
- examine, tender for and install new equipment, making sure you get the highest quality at the best price
- liaise with suppliers and customers
- plan and organize maintenance of equipment
- identify faults, investigate production problems and repair equipment quickly and efficiently
- improve current operations wherever possible
- supervise junior engineers and sub-contractors and ensure effective communication in order to avoid errors
- organize plant start-up and shut-down schedules to ensure minimum loss of production time and profits
- keep statistical and financial records and work with finance professionals to manage budgets
- liaise with research and development staff to ensure the company is at the forefront of ground-breaking research
- keep up to date with current and developing trends in the manufacturing industry, at a national and international level.
To become a manufacturing engineer you’ll typically need a degree in engineering. The following engineering degree subjects are particularly relevant:
- chemical engineering
- electrical/electronic engineering
- manufacturing or production engineering
- mechanical engineering.
- knowledge of a range of engineering functions and procedures
- a practical and logical approach to problem-solving
- interpersonal, presentation and communication skills
- team working and people management skills
- the ability to work well under pressure and take on new challenges
- organization and time management skills
- project management skills and the ability to work to tight deadlines
- commercial awareness
- an awareness of health and safety issues.