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Your job is to Develop tools, implement designs, or integrate machinery, equipment, or computer technologies to ensure effective manufacturing processes.
Common job titles of Manufacturing Engineering Technologists include:
Experience and Education
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.
40.91% said they needed a Associate's Degree.
36.36% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.
Plan, estimate, or schedule production work.
Monitor manufacturing processes to identify ways to reduce losses, decrease time requirements, or improve quality.
Ensure adherence to safety rules and practices.
Verify weights, measurements, counts, or calculations and record results on batch records.
Perform routine equipment maintenance.
Recommend corrective or preventive actions to assure or improve product quality or reliability.
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.
Analyze manufacturing supply chains to identify opportunities for increased efficiency in the acquisition of raw materials.
Select material quantities or processing methods needed to achieve efficient production.
Identify opportunities for improvements in quality, cost, or efficiency of automation equipment.
Estimate manufacturing costs.
Develop or maintain programs associated with automated production equipment.
Install manufacturing engineering equipment.
Identify or implement new or sustainable manufacturing technologies, processes, or equipment.
Evaluate manufacturing equipment, materials, or components.
Train manufacturing technicians on environmental protection topics.
Monitor manufacturing operations to ensure adherence to environmental policies and practices.
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.
Develop processes to recover, recycle, or reuse waste or scrap materials from manufacturing operations.
Train manufacturing technicians on topics such as safety, health, fire prevention, or quality.
Operate complex processing equipment.
Develop production, inventory, or quality assurance programs.
Develop manufacturing infrastructure to integrate or deploy new manufacturing processes.
Coordinate equipment purchases, installations, or transfers.
Oversee equipment start-up, characterization, qualification, or release.
Design plant or production layouts that minimize environmental impacts.
Design plant layouts or production facilities.
Create computer applications for manufacturing processes or operations, using computer-aided design (CAD) or computer-assisted manufacturing (CAM) tools.
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.
Vertical spindle mills
Vertical machining centers
Three-dimensional laser digitizers
Thermoplastic injection molding presses
Servohydraulic tensile testing machines
Programmable logic controllers PLC
Programmable automation controllers PAC
Permanent mold casting machines
Magnetic inspection equipment
Induction melting units
Horizontal milling machines
Hex key sets
Fused deposition modeling FDM machines
Fatigue testing machines
Electrical discharge machines EDM
Eddy current inspection equipment
Dye penetrant inspection equipment
Coordinate measuring machines CMM
Computerized numerical control CNC turning centers
Computerized numerical control CNC routers
Computerized numerical control CNC machining centers
Computerized numerical control CNC lathes
Centrifugal casting machines
Automatic microhardness testers
Automated vision systems
Adjustable hand wrenches
3-axis computer numerically controlled CNC milling machines
Computer aided design CAD software
Dassault Systemes CATIA
Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS
Infor Industrial Essentials
Kubotek CADKEY Wireframe
Management information systems MIS
National Instruments LabVIEWAll Technologies
PTC Creo Parametric
Siemens PLM Software NX
Siemens PLM Software Solid Edge
Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software
Artificial intelligence software
AspenTech Aspen InfoPlus
Cimatron Group GibbsCAM
Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
Horizon Software MRP Plus
Human machine interface HMI software
Manufacturing execution system MES
MASS Group FactoryLink SCADA HMI
Materials requirement planning MRP software
Microsoft Visual C++
MSC Software Adams
MSC Software Nastran
MSC Software Patran
National Instruments NI-DAQmx
PLC Automation Intellution iFIX
Rapid prototyping software
Siemens SIMATIC HMI
Vero Software SURFCAM
VIA Information Tools MAN-IT
Wonderware InTouch HMI
Using mathematics to solve problems.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Teaching others how to do something.
Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity
Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering
Choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Quantitative Abilities › Mathematical Reasoning
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning
Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning
Generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Category Flexibility
See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision
Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Fluency of Ideas
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
Cognitive Abilities › Quantitative Abilities › Number Facility
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Cognitive Abilities › Spatial Abilities › Visualization
Come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Originality
Production and Processing
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Engineering and Technology
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.