Design, integrate, or improve manufacturing systems or related processes. May work with commercial or industrial designers to refine product designs to increase producibility and decrease costs.

Also Known As

Facility Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Plant Engineer, Process Engineer, Process Improvement Engineer


  • Determine causes of operational problems or failures.
  • Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes or products.
  • Resolve operational performance problems.
  • Implement design or process improvements.
  • Develop technical methods or processes.
  • Determine operational methods.
  • Provide technical guidance to other personnel.
  • Design industrial processing systems.
  • Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance.
  • Prepare operational reports.
  • Prepare procedural documents.
  • Create graphical representations of industrial production systems.
  • Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans.
  • Supervise production or support personnel.
  • Design industrial equipment.
  • Assess product or process usefulness.
  • Install production equipment or systems.
  • Estimate operational costs.
  • Estimate technical or resource requirements for development or production projects.
  • Estimate time requirements for development or production projects.
  • Train personnel on proper operational procedures.
  • Devise research or testing protocols.
  • Analyze costs and benefits of proposed designs or projects.
  • Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources.
  • Investigate the environmental impact of projects.
  • Update technical knowledge.
  • Develop operational methods or processes that use green materials or emphasize sustainability.


  • Mathematics – Using math to solve problems.
  • Reading Comprehension – Reading work-related information.
  • Complex Problem Solving – Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
  • Operations Monitoring – Watching gauges, dials, or display screens to make sure a machine is working.
  • Monitoring – Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.
  • Active Listening – Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
  • Speaking – Talking to others.
  • Judgment and Decision Making – Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one.
  • Systems Evaluation – Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
  • Writing – Writing things for co-workers or customers.
  • Critical Thinking – Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
  • Systems Analysis – Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it.
  • Active Learning – Figuring out how to use new ideas or things.
  • Technology Design – Making equipment and technology useful for customers.
  • Troubleshooting – Figuring out what is causing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs to not work.
  • Time Management – Managing your time and the time of other people.


Education Requirements

  • Education: Bachelor's degree
  • Experience: None
  • Training: No On The Job


  • Engineering and Technology – Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Production and Processing – Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mechanical – Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Design – Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Mathematics – Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Computers and Electronics – Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language – Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Physics – Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub-atomic structures and processes.


  • Oral Comprehension – Listening and understanding what people say.
  • Category Flexibility – Grouping things in different ways.
  • Inductive Reasoning – Making general rules or coming up with answers from lots of detailed information.
  • Visualization – Imagining how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
  • Problem Sensitivity – Noticing when problems happen.
  • Near Vision – Seeing details up close.
  • Deductive Reasoning – Using rules to solve problems.
  • Information Ordering – Ordering or arranging things.
  • Oral Expression – Communicating by speaking.
  • Written Comprehension – Reading and understanding what is written.
  • Mathematical Reasoning – Choosing the right type of math to solve a problem.
  • Number Facility – Adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing.
  • Fluency of Ideas – Coming up with lots of ideas.
  • Flexibility of Closure – Seeing hidden patterns.
  • Originality – Creating new and original ideas.
  • Written Expression – Communicating by writing.
  • Speech Recognition – Recognizing spoken words.

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