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Manufacturing Engineer

Manufacturing engineers design, implement, direct and co-ordinate manufacturing system materials and processes to achieve the most efficient, cost effective and high quality production possible in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

  • Avg. Salary $111,808.00
  • Avg. Wage $53.99
  • Minimum Education 4 years post-secondary
  • Outlook Down
  • Employed 1,900
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Logistics Manager, Professional Engineer, Engineer

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

48%
48%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Manufacturing Engineer is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers
NOC code: 2141
INNOVATIVE

Interest in synthesizing information to develop maintenance standards, schedules and programs, to develop flexible and integrated manufacturing systems and procedures, and to establish programs and conduct studies to enhance industrial health and safety, and identify and correct fire and other hazards

OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working to design, develop and conduct time studies and work simplification programs, and to study new machinery and facilities

DIRECTIVE

Interest in supervising technicians, technologists, analysts, administrative staff and other engineers; and in recommending and selecting efficient combinations of new machinery and facilities

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Manufacturing engineers are concerned with all the activities involved in the creation and production of industrial and commercial products such as:

  • machinery and equipment
  • consumer electronics (for example, telephones, television sets)
  • home appliances (for example, refrigerators, toasters)
  • home fixtures (for example, furniture, windows)
  • oil and gas products
  • leisure equipment (for example, snowboards, roller blades)
  • food and beverages
  • vehicles (for example, cars, planes)
  • clothing and textiles
  • environmental and recycled products.

In general, manufacturing engineers use their knowledge of product design, materials and parts, fabrication processes, tooling and production equipment capabilities, assembly methods and quality control standards to develop, evaluate and improve manufacturing systems and methods. This may involve:

  • working with planning and design staff on product design and tooling to ensure efficient production processes
  • designing pay systems
  • analyzing space requirements and workflow, and designing the layout of equipment and workstations to ensure maximum efficiency and an ergonomically sound work environment
  • working with regulatory agencies to ensure safety, environmental and design standards are met
  • deciding whether to produce parts and subassemblies in-house or buy them from other companies
  • setting production standards, changing production manufacturing methods and automating processes
  • testing equipment or products and reporting on test results
  • liasing with customers on the development and enhancement of products
  • working with vendors to determine product specifications and arranging for the purchase of equipment, materials or parts
  • estimating production times, staffing requirements and related costs
  • designing, planning and setting up the equipment used to make products
  • devising racks, bins and other containers to hold and protect parts and subassemblies
  • anticipating future manufacturing requirements and potential.

In smaller companies, manufacturing engineers often have a wide range of responsibilities, from the product development stage through to shipping the final product.

Manufacturing engineers may specialize in areas such as:

  • product design (for example, using computer-aided design software to design a product that meets performance, quality and cost targets; anticipating how products will impact society including how they will be used and decomposed or recycled)
  • process design and improvement (for example, developing specifications for processes to optimize efficiency, developing new processes or automating existing processes)
  • facility design (for example, designing manufacturing facilities, selecting locations and equipment, designing materials handling systems)
  • operations management (for example, capacity management, production planning and control, production scheduling, inventory management and logistics)
  • information systems (for example, designing, implementing and operating advanced information systems for manufacturing systems throughout the enterprise).
Working Conditions
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Working conditions vary from one employer to another. Manufacturing engineers may be required to observe appropriate safety precautions (for example, use protective equipment such as hard hats, steel-toed boots or safety glasses) to avoid injury when working on the production floor. Some work in "clean rooms" where products are produced under rigid standards of cleanliness to prevent contamination.

Most manufacturing engineers work standard weekday office hours but overtime may be required to meet project deadlines. Some travel may be required to meet with vendors, suppliers and customers and to support branch plants.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Manufacturing engineers need the following characteristics:

  • critical thinking skills
  • the ability to think in mathematical and abstract terms
  • the ability to visualize three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawings
  • an interest in technical processes
  • persistence, creativity and determination when solving problems 
  • well developed communication skills in person, in writing and for group presentations
  • good interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team
  • the ability to anticipate the effects of change.

They should enjoy:

  • synthesizing information to develop flexible and integrated manufacturing systems and procedures
  • using equipment and instruments to perform tasks requiring precision
  • taking responsibility for projects and supervising the work of others.
Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Manufacturing engineers must have a bachelor's degree in a related engineering discipline. They need skills and knowledge in:

  • engineering materials
  • manufacturing processes and production methods
  • process automation and robotics
  • engineering design approaches and computer tools
  • quality engineering
  • human and organizational behaviour
  • operations management (inventory control and production scheduling)
  • manufacturing facility design
  • business and financial issues
  • information management systems
  • technology management.

Manufacturing engineers must keep up to date regarding technological advancements and new manufacturing techniques by participating in professional development activities and taking continuing education courses. Associations such as the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the Association for Manufacturing Excellence offer continuing education and training courses and certification.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Engineer

Professional Engineers design, construct, evaluate, advise, monitor and report on the performance of materials, equipment, systems, works, processes and structures.

Legislation

Under Alberta's Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act, you must be a registered member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) to practice as a professional engineer. You do not have to be registered if you work under the direct supervision of a professional engineer and do not call yourself a professional engineer or use the word engineer in your job title.

What You Need

Registration as a Professional Engineer requires: (1) a 4-year bachelor's degree in a recognized engineering program and at least 4 years of acceptable work experience under the supervision of a Professional Engineer, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, (2) a minimum of 3 acceptable references and (3) successful completion of an approved examination in law, ethics and professionalism. A new Provisional Member category has been introduced. For official, detailed information about registration requirements, visit APEGA's website or contact APEGA.

Working in Alberta

Engineers who are registered and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if registered engineers in the 2 jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory? and the Alberta regulatory authority (below).

To find more information on the certification process for internationally educated engineers, see Professional Engineer Licensing Process on AlbertaCanada.com.

Contact Details

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta
1500 Scotia One, 10060 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T5J 4A2
Phone number: 780-426-3990
Toll-free phone number (within North America): 1-800-661-7020
Fax: 780-426-1877
Email: email@apega.ca
Website: www.apega.ca

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Below-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

Manufacturing engineers are employed by manufacturing and processing companies, and consulting firms.

Experienced engineers may advance to administrative and management positions. Those who have graduate degrees may teach at the post-secondary level or conduct research.

Manufacturing engineers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2141: Industrial and manufacturing engineers. In Alberta, 80% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 1,900 Albertans are employed in the Industrial and manufacturing engineers occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.1% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 21 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As manufacturing engineers form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for manufacturing engineers.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Industrial and manufacturing engineers
NOC code: 2141

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $28.85 $44.18 $37.69 $37.98
Overall $38.00 $57.59 $53.99 $57.59
Top $43.27 $95.55 $84.23 $95.55

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

C: Lower Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Lower Reliability, represents a CV of between 15.01% and 33.00% and/or if fewer than 20 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 33% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Public Administration
Manufacturing

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

48%
48%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

18%
18%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

3%
3%

2015 Vacancy Rate

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Related High School Subjects
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
  • Media, Design and Communication Arts
    • Design Studies
  • Natural Resources
    • Environmental Stewardship
  • Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation
    • Logistics
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering, Architecture and Related Studies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) website: www.ame.org

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) website: www.apega.ca

Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) website: www.sme.org

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Apr 11, 2014. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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