What does a Senior Manufacturing Engineer do?

Manufacturing engineers watch over the entire manufacturing process of products and devise ways that improve the flow and efficiency of production within that industry in addition to seeking ways to improve the actual manufactured product itself. They ensure maximum efficiency of a company's manufacturing processes and analyze current production methods through observation and research.

Manufacturing engineers develop alternative methods to make manufacturing practices more efficient and cost-effective, and study dilemmas including space constraints, material requirements, and current needs to improve the manufacturing process. They review quality standards of products and check for problems. They test materials extensively and focus on automated aspects of the manufacturing process. They design manufacturing systems that optimize use of computer networks, robots, and materials. They are called upon to identify areas that need improvement to maintain high levels of manufacturing and product quality and for the design of new products and processes used in addition to assurance of cost efficiency and compliance with regulatory standards. Manufacturing engineers need a bachelor’s degree in engineering and some obtain a master’s degree in engineering and certification.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Senior Manufacturing Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$103,289 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $103K
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Senior Manufacturing Engineer Career Path

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JOST InternationalJOST International
Manufacturing Technician
Aug 9, 2021

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Eberspächer North AmericaEberspächer North America
Manufacturing Engineer
Feb 2, 2021

“It's a great place to work and is expanding rapidly in the U.S. Great work”

GE AviationGE Aviation
Manufacturing Engineer
Dec 30, 2020

“You get to work a multitude of projects and get to work with a lot of great people.”

Transaction Processing Associate
Aug 31, 2021

“I love working at Accenture due to the infinite possibilities for growth and career development.”

Manufacturing Engineer
Sep 13, 2020

“Some of the best people I ever worked with are at BW. Benefits are excellent.”

Manufacturing Associate II
Dec 4, 2021

“Good people with genuine intentions working for a greater cause to deliver a well functioning device.”

Micron TechnologyMicron Technology
Manufacturing Engineer
Aug 23, 2021

“Starting pay is low but increment still same as other higher starting pay graduate although with better performance.”

Allied BakeriesAllied Bakeries
Manufacturing Technician
Jul 29, 2021

“this can give a real good work life balance if you can handle 12 hour shifts.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a senior manufacturing engineer

When working as a senior manufacturing engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are AutoCAD, Six Sigma Certification, SUPPLIERS, Lean Six Sigma, and Cost Estimates.

The most similar professions to senior manufacturing engineer are:
  • Design Engineer
  • Piping Designer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Materials Engineer

The most common qualifications to become a senior manufacturing engineer include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.