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The role of a manufacturing systems engineer is to ensure the production process runs efficiently so factories can make products and goods on time and to budget.

Manufacturing systems are essentially electrical, computer-driven and mechanical systems, which replace manual activities with the aim of improving the general manufacturing process.


What does a Manufacturing systems engineer do?
A manufacturing systems engineer is generally responsible for overseeing a project from start to end. Responsibilities can vary but normally include the following:

  • Calculating production costs, including: labour, equipment and time

  • Constructing maintenance schedules

  • Testing systems

  • Investigating defects, repairs and system faults

  • Sourcing new suppliers of industrial equipment

  • Communicating with engineering consultants, designers and researchers

  • Visiting production sites

  • Designing, developing and installing plant control systems

  • Testing, monitoring and evaluating new mechanical equipment

  • Use computer-aided software to design and manufacture 3D models

  • Attending production meetings

  • Decision-making on the use of resources

  • Communicating and evaluating systems failures with plant managers and non-technical personnel

  • Coordinating the installation, repair and re-assembly of equipment

  • Discuss methods of improvement of productivity of existing systems

  • Investigate environmental hazards

  • Conducting safety tests and removing potential hazards

  • Evaluating systems failures with other necessary members of staff

  • Demonstrating new and existing equipment

  • Discussing and supervising the work of manufacturing engineers, trainee engineers and support staff

Skills & interests required for a Manufacturing systems engineer
A manufacturing systems engineer needs to be able to work with sophisticated computer-assisted design software to design new manufacturing components. Their work supports the manufacturing process and therefore involves collaborating with individuals from a variety of different specialisations - therefore a manufacturing systems engineer has to be able to explain complex ideas to non-specialists.
- Ability to Work Under Pressure
- Communication
- Health and safety
- Mathematical ability
- Motivation
- Numeracy
- Organisation
- Presentation Skills
- Problem Solving
- Project Engineering
- Project Management
- Self-motivation
- Teamwork
- Technical skills
- Time Management
What hours does a Manufacturing systems engineer typically do?
Working hours can vary, some positions will involve working 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, but there can also include early starts, late finishes and weekend work on a shift basis.
What environment is a Manufacturing systems engineer based in?
Engineers spend the majority of their time working on the factory floor with technicians and other engineers.
How much does a Manufacturing systems engineer travel?
You may have to travel to visit various production sites throughout your working day.
How much does a Manufacturing systems engineer get paid?
Salaries for the role of a manufacturing systems engineer can vary depending on the size and location of the organisation.

A starting salary for the role of a can be between £22,000 and £27,500 per annum. Relevant work experience may increase the level of the starting salary.

An experienced engineer can earn between £25,000 and £40,000 per annum. A chartered engineer’s pay ranges from £40,000 to £60,000+ per annum.
What qualifications does a Manufacturing systems engineer need?
Manufacturing systems engineers will usually be required to have a degree. Many employers will offer you the opportunity to study toward the academic qualification while working on a degree apprenticeship scheme.

Some employers will offer you support to achieve a postgraduate qualification if relevant to your work. Master’s are available in subjects such as:

  • Production or control engineering

  • Manufacturing

  • Manufacturing systems engineering

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