Manufacturing Engineering Technologists

Manufacturing > Manufacturing Production Process Development

Projected Growth: Slower than average

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

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

Tensile testers



All Tools

Signal analyzers

Servohydraulic tensile testing machines

Safety glasses

Programmable logic controllers PLC

Programmable automation controllers PAC

pH meters

Permanent mold casting machines

Pedestal grinders

Parallel sets


Optical comparators


Magnetic inspection equipment

Machinist rules


Induction melting units

Horizontal milling machines

Hex key sets

Fused deposition modeling FDM machines

Fume hoods

Fatigue testing machines

Engine lathes

Electrical discharge machines EDM

Edge finders

Eddy current inspection equipment

Dye penetrant inspection equipment

Drill presses

Digital calipers

Dial calipers

Desktop computers

Deburring tools

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

Band saws

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 LabVIEW

All Technologies

PTC Creo Parametric

Siemens PLM Software NX

Siemens PLM Software Solid Edge

Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software

ABB CPM4Metals

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

Materilise Magics

Microsoft Visual C++

MSC Software Adams

MSC Software Nastran

MSC Software Patran

National Instruments NI-DAQmx

Planit Alphacam

PLC Automation Intellution iFIX

Rapid prototyping software


Vero Software SURFCAM

VIA Information Tools MAN-IT

Wonderware InTouch HMI



Using mathematics to solve problems.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Systems Analysis

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.

Active Listening

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.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Learning

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.

Systems Evaluation

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.

Operations Analysis

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.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Learning Strategies

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.

Technology Design

Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.

Equipment Selection

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

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Occupation Sections


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.

English Language

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.

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