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Manufacturing Engineer


Manufacturing Engineers focus on the operation and design of complicated integrated systems in order to produce high quality and economically competitive products. The systems a Manufacturing Engineer may work on can include machining tools, robots, material handling equipment, or computer networks. 

Manufacturing Engineers typically have a hand in every part of the production process. They analyze product development, identify problem areas, and make changes as needed. Manufacturing Engineers must be able to think outside of the box, because their job is centered on finding new ways to improve a business’ bottom line.


A Manufacturing Engineers responsibilities may include:

  • Evaluate manufacturing processes by designing and implementing research programs.
  • Calculate production, labor, and material costs.
  • Coordinate maintenance and repair services as well as provide onsite consultation services.
  • Ensure that all manufacturing processes are complying with federal regulations.
  • Test finished products and evaluate them according to company benchmarks.


Manufacturing Engineers are essential to making sure that company’s deliver the best quality product possible. In order to maintain company standards while remaining economically competitive, a skilled Manufacturing Engineer will:

  • Identify weak spots within the production process.
  • Reframe problems to come up with new solutions.
  • Communicate with vendors to gain a comprehensive knowledge of company equipment.
  • Think in terms of productivity and waste management. 
  • Keep up to date on industry best practices.


In order to obtain an entry level position, candidates will need a Bachelor’s in Manufacturing Engineering or a related field. For those seeking higher level positions in management, experimental design, or computer aided design, a Master’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering is required.



  • A safety guard is missing on a conveyor, but your supervisor wants to start production, what would you do?

  • Tell me about an experience where you oversaw the assembly, construction, maintenance, or modification of equipment. 

  • How do you handle conflict within the workplace?

  • This position can be stressful at times. How do you deal with stress?

  • Tell me about a time you thought outside of the box. What were the benefits?

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