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Why Manufacturing Engineering?

Manufacturing engineers develop new production technology and processes, manage production schedules and process flows and produce engineering specifications for products and systems. They are responsible for manufacturing products or parts efficiently and cost effectively, which can involve dealing with vendors and suppliers, coordinating with clients on product specifications and designing improvements to facility operations.

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Is Manufacturing Engineering for me?

A Master’s in manufacturing engineering will prepare you to apply your engineering skills to the manufacturing sector, from supply chain management, to assessing sites for new facilities, to factory automation and material handling processes. You will also develop the skills to lead teams and projects and evaluate staffing and employee performance.

A Master’s degree in manufacturing engineering develops engineering knowledge in:

  • Product design and manufacturing
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Lean manufacturing
  • Six Sigma
  • Quality assurance and quality control
  • Mass customization
  • Rapid manufacturing
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Possible Career paths

  • Manufacturing Engineer, Medical Devices

    A manufacturing engineer in medical device manufacturing develops, evaluates and improves production processes, ensuring the standards for testing and quality assurance are met. They are responsible for creating bills of materials, assembly instructions, documentation and maintaining technical specifications. They also confer with clients and designers regarding manufacturing capabilities or to facilitate production processes.

  • Computer Hardware Manufacturing Engineer

    Manufacturing computer hardware components requires engineers to provide support for production processes, develop best practices for production, recommend equipment and process improvements, investigate failures and make corrective recommendations and troubleshoot design and manufacturing errors. These engineers need an understanding of lean manufacturing principles, Six Sigma and quality assurance. They are also responsible for preparing manufacturing documentation, schematics and assembly and production flows.

  • Manager, Manufacturing Engineering

    Manufacturing engineering managers are responsible for the effective management and coordination of all activities within their department. These professionals lead and supervise engineering teams, guiding personnel to reach department goals. They also oversee the development and implementation of manufacturing processes to maintain product functionality and cost efficiency, as well as managing work schedules and budgets. Other duties include product testing, integration and maintenance of manufacturing equipment and systems.

  • Process Improvement Manager

    Manufacturing process improvement program managers aim to deliver savings and improve program effectiveness by managing complex, multi-functional projects. They deliver savings and innovation by managing performance and implement programs to improve yield or usage, reliability, quality and costs.

  • Industrial Technology Advisor – SME Manufacturing

    Manufacturing engineers working as industrial technology advisors help small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) grow by providing business and technology advisory services, networking and linkage services and assessing projects for potential funding.

  • Manufacturing Engineer

    Manufacturing engineers are responsible for developing prototypes, tools and production plans. These professionals identify and implement possible process improvements, design and build prototypes, create and maintain technical documentation and write product specifications.

  • Manufacturing Systems Engineer

    Manufacturing systems engineers design, install, monitor and develop equipment and assembly lines in factories, or design and construct new manufacturing plants. Manufacturing systems engineers integrate the entire manufacturing process from production and supply to sales, from the beginning of a project to the completion of the final product.

  • Quality Assurance Engineer, Manufacturing

    Quality assurance (QA) is key to manufacturing, and QA engineers are responsible for identifying manufacturing problems, recommending and implementing corrective or preventative processes and conducting root cause analyses. They will also implement continual improvement activities, lean manufacturing and Six Sigma principles, conduct quality audits and create technical reports, quality manuals, standards and procedures and other documentation.

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