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Manufacturing Engineer

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

  • Avg. Salary $81,018.00
  • Avg. Wage $39.91
  • Minimum Education 4 years post-secondary
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed < 1500
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Logistics Manager, Process Engineer, Professional Engineer

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers (2141) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers (C041) 
  • 2011 NOC: Industrial and manufacturing engineers (2141) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

14%
14%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Interest Codes
The Manufacturing Engineer is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers
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 Mar 31, 2018

Manufacturing engineers focus on all the activities involved in creating and producing industrial and commercial products. These include:

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

In general, manufacturing engineers develop, evaluate, and improve manufacturing systems and methods. They strive to create a process that produces the ideal value for the customer with zero waste. They use their knowledge of product design, materials and parts, fabrication processes, tooling and production equipment capabilities, assembly methods, and quality control standards. This may involve:

  • working with planning and design staff on product design and tooling (to ensure efficient production processes)
  • analyzing space requirements and workflow
  • designing the layout of equipment and workstations (to ensure maximum efficiency and an ergonomically sound work environment)
  • working with regulatory agencies (to meet safety, environmental, and design standards)
  • deciding whether to produce parts in-house or buy them elsewhere
  • setting production standards, changing manufacturing methods, and automating processes
  • testing equipment or products and reporting on test results
  • consulting with customers on the development and enhancement of products
  • working with vendors to develop product specifications
  • arranging to purchase equipment, materials, or parts
  • estimating production times, staffing requirements, and related costs
  • designing, planning, and setting up production equipment
  • coming up with ideas for racks, bins and other containers to hold and protect parts and sub-assemblies
  • planning for future manufacturing requirements and potential opportunities
  • providing content of manufacturing work instructions, visual aids and training resources
  • making engineering changes
  • participating in design reviews and providing feedback about manufacturability and process capability
  • introducing key performance indicators, monitoring measurements and studying results (to identify opportunities to reduce process variance and defects).

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

Manufacturing engineers may specialize in areas such as:

  • designing products, such as by:
    • using computer-aided design (CAD) 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
  • designing and improving processes, such as by:
    • developing specifications for processes to optimize efficiency
    • developing new processes or automating existing processes
  • designing facilities, such as:
    • manufacturing facilities, including selecting locations and equipment
    • materials handling systems
  • managing operations, such as through:
    • capacity management
    • production planning, control, and scheduling
    • inventory management and logistics
  • information systems, such as by designing, implementing and operating advanced information systems for manufacturing systems throughout the enterprise
  • producing medical devices
  • performing tooling and fixture design and analysis.
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Working conditions vary from one employer to another. Manufacturing engineers may need to take safety precautions. For instance, they may need to wear 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. They may need to work overtime to meet project deadlines. They may need to travel to meet with vendors, suppliers, and customers and to support branch plants.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Manufacturing engineers need to possess:

  • an aptitude for math
  • critical and abstract thinking
  • process approach thinking
  • the ability to see objects in 3 dimensions from drawings in 2 dimensions
  • an interest in how technical processes work
  • knowledge of lean manufacturing principles, tools, and applications
  • creativity and determination when solving problems
  • speaking and writing skills (for dealing with people one-on-one, in writing, and for group presentations)
  • interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team
  • the ability to understand the effects change
  • risk-based thinking
  • a focus on continuous improvement.

They should enjoy:

  • putting different pieces of information together
  • coming up with flexible, integrated manufacturing systems and procedures
  • using equipment and instruments to perform precision tasks
  • taking charge of projects
  • supervising the work of others.
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

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, robotics and control systems
  • engineering design approaches and computer tools
  • quality engineering
  • the behaviour of humans and organizations
  • operations management (inventory control and production scheduling)
  • manufacturing facility design
  • business and financial issues
  • information management systems
  • technology management
  • lean Six Sigma, lean leadership
  • value stream mapping.

Technology and manufacturing techniques advance at a rapid pace. Manufacturing engineers must keep up with these changes. They must participate in professional development activities and continuing education courses. Several associations offer continuing education, training courses, and certification. These include the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the Association for Manufacturing Excellence.


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Grande Prairie Regional College

Grant MacEwan University

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

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

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 [pdf], you must be a registered member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) to practice as a Professional Engineer or engage in the practice of engineering. You do not have to register 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 in Alberta requires successful completion of:

  • 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
  • a minimum of 3 acceptable references
  • 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, 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 the 2 jurisdictions require similar responsibilities and competencies.

For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and APEGA.

To find more information on the certification process for internationally educated engineers, see Professional Engineer Licensing Process [pdf] on the Opportunity Alberta website.

Contact Details

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
1500 Scotia One, 10060 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4A2
Canada

Call: 780-426-3990
Toll-free in North America: 1-800-661-7020
Fax: 780-426-1877
Email: email@apega.ca
Website: www.apega.ca

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Manufacturing engineers work for manufacturing, processing and consulting firms.

With time on the job, engineers may become administrators or managers. 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 [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events that affect overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities that come up when people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities that come up when new positions are created)
  • size of the occupation.

In Alberta, the C041: Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.1% from 2016 to 2020. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 21 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2018
Industrial and manufacturing engineers

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $20.00 $50.61 $30.64 $25.00
Overall $22.00 $61.73 $39.91 $34.90
Top $24.01 $62.50 $50.27 $53.42

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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.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
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Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

35%
35%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

14%
14%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

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Vacancy Rate

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Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2018

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): www.sme.org

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Updated Mar 31, 2018. 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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