Department of Technology

Career Opportunities

Job Outlook:

Employment of manufacturing engineers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.  This occupation is versatile both in the nature of the work it does and in the industries in which its expertise can be put to use.

Because they are not as specialized as other engineers, manufacturing engineers are employed in a wide range of industries, including major manufacturing industries, consulting and engineering services, research and development firms, and wholesale trade.  This versatility arises from the fact that these engineers focus on reducing internal costs, making their work valuable for many industries.  For example, their work is important for manufacturing industries that are considering relocating from overseas to domestic sites.


The median annual wage for manufacturing engineers was $85,880 in May 2017. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $55,230, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $130,930.


Positions held by recent graduates:

  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Simulation Engineer
  • Molding Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Tool Designer
  • Facility Supervisor
  • Automation Supervisor
  • Quality Engineer
  • Senior Customer Service Representative
  • Test Engineer
  • CAD Specialist
  • CNC Programmer
  • Plant Manager