Manufacturing Engineer Job Description: Top Duties and Requirements

A Manufacturing Engineer, or an Industrial Engineer, oversees the technical development of a company’s production processes. Their duties include maintaining and repairing any assembly lines, testing equipment for quality assurance, and gathering statistics to assess the efficiency of a firm’s production methods.

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Manufacturing Engineer duties and responsibilities

A Manufacturing Engineer is responsible for ensuring that machinery is in good working order so production can run smoothly. They also carry out repairs or supervise technical staff doing such work. Several key responsibilities and duties for a Manufacturing Engineer include:

  • Testing and monitoring machinery to make sure it is in good working order and can operate safely
  • Installing new equipment to improve a company’s manufacturing processes
  • Designing new equipment or operational procedures
  • Troubleshooting machines to resolve breakdowns or faults
  • Gathering data and compiling reports to assess the effectiveness of manufacturing procedures
  • Maintaining contact with customers and suppliers to ensure quality standards for machinery and products are being met
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Example 1

Nomad Nutrition is a plant-based (read: vegan) health food startup based in Burnaby focusing on manufacturing healthy, organic, plant-based dried ready-to-eat meals for the outdoor community and we cook everything in-house from scratch. We are currently adding more motivated individuals to join our engineering team in the full/part-time role of Assistant Food Plant Operator. You will be working with equipment and food. Looking for someone that can work and operate in the evenings come the second week of February. Main Responsibilities will include: - Operate commercial size dehydration machine - this is the main task. - weigh, measure and portion batches for dehydration - using formulas, assist in calculating proper dehydration settings - assist in updating digital log (excel sheet) - keep a clean and tidy workspace Additional Responsibilities will include: -participate in weighing and packaging of product -participate in packing of cases and pallets -assist in keeping a clean workspace -assist in other ad hoc responsibilities and projects Your values include: -making sure the food is of the highest quality & standards -you value quality over speed -you have integrity and don’t cut corners with food prep -you are clean, and tidy and treat your work area with respect -you take ownership, show initiative and take leadership in everything you do -you are performance-driven and can help us further optimize the process If you read this far, we also provide a free lunch every day! We are located at 3650 Bonneville Pl, Burnaby close to Production-Way Skytrain station. Parking is also available. Expected start date: 2022-02-01 Job Type: Full-time Salary: $32,640.00 per year Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Permanent, Casual Part-time hours: 25-40 per week Salary: From $32,640.00 per year Benefits: * Casual dress * Dental care * Discounted or free food * Employee stock purchase plan * Extended health care * Flexible schedule * On-site parking * Paid time off * Store discount * Vision care Schedule: * 8 hour shift Ability to * Burnaby, BC V3N 4T7: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (preferred) Education: * Secondary School (preferred) Application deadline: 2022-02-02 Expected start date: 2022-01-31

Example 2

*Spec Furniture is looking for a Manufacturing Engineer.* The Manufacturing Engineer (alternatively Manufacturing EIT, or Manufacturing Engineering role depending on qualifications) has the responsibility to provide support to the production teams in areas such as product/process design, engineering changes, and preventative maintenance. This role is also required to ensure that our production safety, quality, and environmental impact are continually improved by working collaboratively with other departments and contractors. The Manufacturing Engineer(ing/EIT) is required to work both independently, and collaboratively with maintenance, quality, product design, team leaders, and contractors. *This position is directly accountable to the Focused Factory Leader for the following key outcomes: * * Maintain a safe and healthy working environment, through training, equipment maintenance, work planning, contractor oversight, and (in coordination with the Maintenance Technician) maintenance record keeping * Track and effectively respond to production disruptions, including the identification and resolution of systematic issues with sustainable solutions * Support, and at times lead, product integration and continuous improvement projects *Health and Safety* Ensure that health and safety requirements are met. Promote a health and safety culture including the safe operation and daily inspection/maintenance/cleaning of equipment, and the proper handling and disposal of materials and wastes. *Processes* Use core processes (disruption tracking, engineering change notices, preventative maintenance, new product development, and key HSE processes) to support the day-to-day activities of the production, design, and maintenance team members. Ensure the processes are being followed correctly, documentation is accurate and complete, and that they are used to identify, escalate, and resolve systematic issues. *Continuous Improvement* Support the continuous improvement of product and manufacturing processes by gathering feedback from the operations team, data from core processes, and information from other departments, then using that feedback, data, and information to improve safe operations, minimize disruptions, and help to improve products. Collaboration Build and sustain collaborative and trusting relationships with internal team members and external contractors. Support Support all aspects of the core processes including those of the second shift with regards to training needs and disruption support. *Experience and Knowledge Required: * * Post-secondary degree or diploma in an engineering, industrial design, or equivalent technical field * At least 2 years related experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Experience with 3D CAD software (preferably Solid Edge or SolidWorks) * Strong communication skills and effective engagement with others, supporting continuous communication with internal teams * Strong planning, prioritization, and organizational skills * Demonstrated problem-solving skills and familiarity with approaches such as 8D or A3 * Strong collaborative leadership, supporting a diverse team to achieve their goals * Experience training (technical & non-technical) staff in quality, health & safety, and environmental responsibilities and procedures * Able to work independently and meet deadlines and commitments * Proven ability in recommending and implementing improvements *Key Attributes Required: * * A self-starting, goal-oriented, customer-focused individual who takes personal accountability and is driven by making meaningful contributions to the achievement of the Company’s vision and objectives in accordance with the Company’s Values * Strong time and priority management skills coupled with the ability to use a logical and systematic approach to meet objectives * A “hands-on”, high energy, flexible, proactive individual with a collaborative and results-oriented business approach Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Salary: per year Additional pay: * Bonus pay Benefits: * Dental care * Paid time off * Vision care Schedule: * Day shift Education: * Bachelor's Degree (preferred) Experience: * Manufacturing Engineer: 3 years (preferred)
  • Example 3

    Sterling Fleet Outfitters exists to help companies Get More Done. Who does not want to embody that statement? Time is a finite resource. To not make the most of every minute is not in our DNA and we do not believe it’s in our customers either. The question to ask now is: What is your “More”? Is it more billable hours on a job? More time at home with your family? Whatever it means to you, we help you and our customers accomplish it. Sterling is where electricians, plumbers, telecom contractors, and HVAC technicians come for van and truck equipment that boosts their productivity. Some have a single vehicle while others operate large fleets, but whether big or small, they all rely on the innovative thinking and quality workmanship we offer. Since we were launched in 2002, we’ve expanded to become Western Canada’s premier commercial vehicle outfitter. We owe much of our success to the efforts of our smart, efficient and hardworking team members. We’re always on the lookout for people who would be a good fit for our company. Sterling is seeking a motivated and creative person that will work as a product design engineer that will support our product innovation strategy and that will support the customer service department from a technical perspective. This role involves improving existing products and design management processes, as well as designing, prototyping and testing new products. It also involves helping troubleshoot electrical problems and working with customers to resolve other technical issues. Duties and Responsibilities: * Maintaining and updating designs and drawings of existing products such as formed metal panels and sheet material vehicle linings. * Nesting of sheet material components to determine optimal material usage and clearly communicating this to stakeholders. * Product design of custom sheet metal and other products from concept to production-ready status. * Management of existing product designs. This involves; developing resolutions to design issues and correcting them, creating revisions to models and drawings, filing all documents in a logical, standardized way, and advising team members and vendors of the revisions. * Creating work instructions for assembly and installation of van and truck equipment. * Connecting with vendors by phone and email as required, to source and adapt products. * Prototyping of new products. Typically building a rough concept, overseeing the installation of it, testing it, adapting it and repeating this process as required. * Supporting the customer service team when technical/electrical issues arise – to maintain customer satisfaction Requirements: * Proficient in the use of Solidworks 2018 and newer * Experienced and proficient in sheet metal product design including the sheet metal segment of Solidworks. * Experienced and proficient in the management of 3D models and drawing revisions with the ability to produce quality 3D renders for product marketing. * Experience working with vehicles or transportation equipment and/or the design of equipment for motorized vehicles or transportation. * Experienced understanding of electrical systems, including DC vehicle power systems, power inverters, and AC power systems * Competence with modern office software such as Microsoft Office and accounting software. * Competence in identifying the level of importance of quality, uniqueness, functionality and cost-effectiveness of a product, and being able to effectively balance these factors in the design of a product. * Ability to source components and work with potential vendors in a professional way that protects and benefits the company. * Creative mindset; this person continually looks for ways to innovate and to improve products and processes. * Awareness of new technologies and eagerness to apply them. Additional desirable capabilities/experience: * Ability to design semi-complex products * Experience in aluminum extrusion design. * Experience in the design of transportation equipment. * Packaging design experience. * Expertise in QMS and inventory management. * Experience in Lean methodology and implementation. * Experience with mentoring and/or leading a team Key Benefits of working at Sterling * Strong team culture and a willingness to learn * Excellent medical benefits * Competitive pay + bonus/profit sharing eligibility after probationary period * Ideally situated in BC’s Fraser Valley and a short drive from Vancouver Want to learn more about sterling? Check out our careers page: [website] Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Salary: per year Additional pay: * Bonus pay Benefits: * Dental care * Extended health care * Paid time off * Profit sharing * Vision care Schedule: * 8 hour shift Work remotely: * No

    Example 4

    *Summary* Reporting to the VP Engineering, the Manufacturing Engineer develops and implements optimal cost-effective manufacturing processes and methods. Recommends and implements improvements to production processes, methods and controls. Coordinates manufacturing launch for new or revised products and carries out process improvement, problem resolution, project management and employee training. In addition the incumbent will research, design and develop manufacturing processes including production flow, assembly methods and production equipment and cost-justifies various tools, machinery and equipment for recommended manufacturing methods. *Job * Setup and operate multi axis milling machines * Interpret customer drawings and specifications * Creation of BOM’s, process and control plans * Maintain engineering change management and revision control * Perform root cause analysis and implement effective corrective actions * Provide organizational technical support * Communicate and provide technical support to customers *Work Conditions* * Ability to attend and conduct presentations * Ability to physically implement designs * Overtime as required * Weekend work may be required *Requirements* * Minimum 5 years’ experience as a manufacturing engineer in a high mix manufacturing environment. * Expertise in process development preferred * Excellent planning, organizational, project management skills * Diligent and detail oriented * Excellent verbal and written communication skills. * Strong leadership abilities * Must be self-motivated, but a strong team player Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Additional pay: * Overtime pay Benefits: * Dental care * Disability insurance * Employee assistance program * Extended health care * Life insurance * RRSP match * Vision care Schedule: * 8 hour shift COVID-19 considerations: Hand Sanitizer throughout, Masks Worn, Daily Covid Screening, Social Distancing Work remotely: * No

    What does a Manufacturing Engineer do?

    A Manufacturing Engineer is responsible for improving the production process of products such as cars, food, or pharmaceuticals. They also maintain and repair machinery and other equipment used in the manufacturing process. A Manufacturing Engineer collects statistics and maintains budgets to help make decisions about how production processes can be made more efficient. When improvements or changes are made, they purchase and install new equipment, and provide advice on the technical aspects of new processes.

    Manufacturing Engineer skills and qualifications

    A Manufacturing Engineer has extensive technical knowledge in their field and is comfortable functioning in a leadership role when working with technical staff under their supervision. They may work a flexible schedule in a facility that runs 24/7. Some of the most important skills and qualifications required for the job include:

    • Thorough knowledge of how production lines and other manufacturing processes operate
    • Efficient problem solving skills
    • Excellent coordination skills to enable cooperation with technical staff and management
    • Ability to respond quickly to unplanned events or challenges, such as the breakdown of a machine
    • Effective communication and reporting skills for meetings with management to keep them informed of important developments

    Manufacturing Engineer experience requirements

    Entry-level Manufacturing Engineer positions often require candidates to have gained experience through internships and other forms of apprenticeship or in-school training programs. A Senior Manufacturing Engineer with greater responsibilities is expected to have several years of related work experience, and may also require additional professional certifications.

    Manufacturing Engineer education and training requirements

    A Manufacturing Engineer usually requires at least a Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, manufacturing engineering, electric engineering, or a related field. You may require applicants to have a master’s degree, which provides the Engineer with additional project management skills and technical knowledge.

    Manufacturing engineers with eight years of combined education and work experience can obtain the Certified Manufacturing Engineer qualification from SME Canada. To take the exam, they must have at least four years of work experience.

    Manufacturing Engineer salary expectations

    According to Indeed Salaries, a Manufacturing Engineer earns an average of $71,906 per year in Canada. Salaries may vary based on factors such as company location and size, or the candidate’s previous experience and education. 

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    Manufacturing Engineer job description FAQs

    What should you look for in resumes for a Manufacturing Engineer job?

    The most important thing to look for in candidates is that they are a certified Engineer in Canada. Engineers are required to be licenced by the regulatory body in their province or territory. International candidates will need to be qualified for consideration and apply for certification in your province or territory. After confirming that they are a certified Engineer, look for candidates that have manufacturing engineering experience and qualifications that meet your needs. The resume should demonstrate their successful application of engineering concepts in previous roles.

    How can you make your Manufacturing Engineer job description stand out?

    Provide an overview of the type of production your company engages in and the responsibilities a Manufacturing Engineer will have. Additionally, ensure that any qualification requirements, such as certification, are clearly specified in the job description. Providing a brief description of the company culture and career opportunities is also useful because it gives applicants a sense of where they will be working.

    Can an Electrical Engineer work as a Manufacturing Engineer?

    For most entry-level Manufacturing Engineer positions, graduates with a degree in an associated discipline can be hired, including electrical engineering. In the case that your role requires more experience, you may want to give preference to someone with a background in manufacturing. In some highly specialized roles where certification as a Manufacturing Engineer is required, an Electrical Engineer may not be qualified for the position.

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