Manufacturing Engineering Technologists


Overview

Introduction

Manufacturing engineering technologists develop tools, designs, machinery, equipment, or computer technologies for effective, streamlined manufacturing processes. They monitor manufacturing processes, ensuring safe operations and identifying areas for improved productivity. They use various software programs, including computer-aided design software, in their work. There are approximately 83,360 engineering technicians, except drafters, employed in the United States, as reported by the Department of Labor.

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Median Salary

$68,636

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree


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Experience

Two to three years experience


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Skills

Computer


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Personality Traits

Problem-Solving

Earnings

Manufacturing engineering technologists earned an average salary of $68,636 in December 2019, according to PayScale.com. The Department of Labor reported that engineering technicians, except drafters, earned a median annual salary of $63,200 in May 2018. Salaries ranged from $36,120 or less to $98,720 or more. Those employed in architectural, engineering, and related services averaged $59,080 p...

Work Environment

Manufacturing engineering technologists work full-time hours, usually 40 hours per week. They work indoors in manufacturing facilities. They spend part of their time in the locations where products are manufactured or services delivered, and part of their time in offices. They may also travel to work sites to observe and monitor manufacturing machinery and processes. The job can present hazards...

Outlook

Manufacturing engineering technologists will have slower than average employment through 2028, according to the Occupational Information Network. However, manufacturers will continue to need engineering technologists to monitor and develop manufacturing machinery and processes that improve productivity while reducing costs and maintaining product quality. Employment growth also depends upon the...

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