What manufacturing engineers do

What do Manufacturing Engineers do? A better question might be ‘what don’t they do?’

Let’s start with the scenario: Industries all over the world are looking for ways to increase production and profits. How do they do this? By making their production more efficient and reliable while reducing manufacturing costs.

But this isn’t a simple process. It involves a lot of careful thought and includes input into all areas of production, from product and factory design to manufacturing process refinement and packaging efficiencies. Even transport.

Enter the trusty Manufacturing Engineer.

Manufacturing Engineering careers

An industrial production expert, the manufacturing engineer researches and develops ways of designing, building, and shipping products on time and within budget.

A manufacturing engineer determines the best ways to use machinery to maximise efficiency – keeping costs down and increasing company profits. When new machinery is required it’s the manufacturing engineer who researches the current technology and techniques to make sure that the most appropriate equipment is purchased and it is integrated in the most efficient way possible.

On top of increasing production efficiency, a manufacturing engineer also focuses on improving worker safety and reducing equipment malfunctions. They do this through writing detailed instruction manuals and creating and enforcing safety rules.

Some examples of things a manufacturing engineer might be hired to do include:

  • Use computer integration to automate a chemical manufacturing facility.
  • Assign machines and equipment to various manufacturing processes to ensure efficiency.
  • Develop processes to fabricate nano-devices.
  • Find a cost-effective facility layout alternative for an aerospace manufacturing company.