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Manufacturing Engineering


Earnings Potential

The median salary for a Manufacturing Engineers is $62,537 annually, while Manufacturing Engineering Manager averaged around $92,733 annually. Staring salaries for individuals with a bachelor’s degree can average $50,000 annually.

Facts at a glance

  • High productivity growth is expected to keep employment growth low, but many openings will result from the need to replace workers who retire.
  • Production workers, who account for over half of all jobs in the industry, increasingly need training beyond the high school level.
  • Machinery manufacturing has some of the most highly skilled—and highly paid—production jobs in manufacturing. 
  • Job prospects should be favorable for skilled production workers.

Summary of what this career entails

Manufacturing engineers make almost everything we use at home, at work, or at play. They need to have knowledge of statistics and mathematics and must know to use several of resources, including machines, robots, people, and computers.

Examples and or details of work

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the machinery used by firms in the service sector of the economy is made by the commercial and service industry machinery manufacturing industry. Machinery produced here includes the commercial versions of common household appliances such as laundry equipment, coffee makers, microwave ovens, and vacuum cleaners. Other large components of this industry are manufacturers of automatic vending machines, non-electronic office machinery, such as typewriters and mail sorters, non-digital cameras, photocopiers, and machinery used to make optical lenses.

Degrees that lead to this career

Some of the degrees an individual can attain include:

  • B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering
  • M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering
  • M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering
  • M.S. in Engineering Management
  • PhD in Manufacturing Engineering

Specific Career openings in this field

Some of the positions that can be available for individuals who want a career in Manufacturing Engineering include Project Manager, Principal Engineer, Lead Engineer, Program Manager, Product Manager, Engineering Director, Chief Engineer, manufacturing strategists and much more.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Career Guide to Industries, 2006-07 Edition, Machinery Manufacturing, on the Internet at November 01, 2006).