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Manufacturing Engineering Technologists

At a Glance

  • Help engineers solve technical problems
  • Have at least an associate degree
  • Work with engineers and other team members
  • Work strictly in the manufacturing setting
  • Use computer-aided drafting (CAD) software

Career summary

Manufacturing engineering technologists work with engineers to make manufacturing processes run smoothly.

Manufacturing engineering technologists help develop tools and improve equipment used in the manufacturing process. In order to do this they:

Manufacturing engineering technologists use computer-aided drafting software (CAD) to prepare images, layouts, and sample blueprints. They set up equipment and tools in factories. They make adjustments to equipment, tools, or operations as needed.

Some manufacturing technologists program computed-numerically-controlled (CNC) machines. They look for ways to cut waste, costs, or energy use.

Technologists observe workers to make sure they use equipment correctly and efficiently. They also make sure that equipment is maintained according to standards. Some technologists plan schedules, order equipment, and ensure workers follow safety rules.

In older factories, manufacturing technologists look for ways to use less electricity and reduce harmful pollution.

Related careers

This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics cluster of careers.

Related careers include:

Job duties

Task list

The following list of tasks is specific to manufacturing engineering technologists.

Common work activities

Manufacturing engineering technologists perform the following tasks. These tasks are common to many careers.

Work requirements

Working conditions

In a typical work setting, manufacturing engineering technologists:

Interpersonal relationships

Physical work conditions

Work performance


Physical demands

It is important for manufacturing engineering technologists to be able to:

It is not as important, but still necessary, for manufacturing engineering technologists to be able to:

Skills and abilities

Manufacturing engineering technologists need to:


Reason and problem solve

Use math and science

Manage oneself, people, time, and things

Work with people

Work with things

Perceive and visualize

Education and training

Educational programs

The programs of study listed below will help you prepare for the occupation or career cluster you are exploring.

Programs of study directly related to this occupation

Other programs of study to consider


To work as a manufacturing engineering technologist, you typically need to:

Education after high school

Manufacturing engineering technologists usually need a bachelor's degree in manufacturing engineering technology. More universities are developing engineering programs specifically in this field, but it may still be possible to get a degree in mechanical or industrial engineering and work in this occupation. Engineering programs take four to five years to complete.

Some schools offer associate degree programs in manufacturing engineering technology. Those with a two-year degree are able to work in this field if they have significant related work experience. However, the trend is for employers to seek applicants with bachelor's degrees.

Work experience

Consider participating in an internship with an engineering firm while you are in college. An internship offers you a chance to apply what you have learned in the classroom to a work situation. It also allows you to build skills and make contacts with people in the field.

On-the-job training

It is common for newly hired manufacturing engineering technologists to receive some on-the-job training. This varies by employer, and can last anywhere from a month to a year.

Helpful high school courses

In high school, take classes that prepare you for college. A college preparatory curriculum (external link) may be different from your state's graduation requirements (external link). Manufacturing engineering technologists need a strong background in math and science. Try to take math classes through Trigonometry and science classes through Physics.

You should also consider taking some advanced courses in high school. This includes Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses if they are available in your school. If you do well in these courses, you may receive college credit for them. Advanced courses can also strengthen your college application.

Helpful electives to take in high school that prepare you for this career include:

The courses listed above are meant to help you create your high school plan. If you have not already done so, talk to a school counselor or parent about the courses you are considering taking.

You should also check with a teacher or counselor to see if work-based learning opportunities are available in your school and community. These might include field trips, job shadowing, internships, and actual work experience. The goal of these activities is to help you connect your school experiences with real-life work.

Join some groups, try some hobbies, or volunteer with an organization that interests you. By participating in activities you can have fun, make new friends, and learn about yourself. Maybe one of them will help direct you to a future career. Here are examples of activities and groups (PDF file) that may be available in your high school or community.

Things to know

Employers look for manufacturing engineering technologists who have at least a two-year degree in manufacturing engineering technology or a related field. Employers rarely require applicants to be certified. However, those who are certified may have a competitive edge over other applicants.

Employers look for applicants with strong technical and mechanical skills. Good communication skills are very important because technologists work with engineers and other team members. An interest in math and science is also important.

Costs to workers

Some workers may wish to join a professional association, which may have annual dues.


Currently, there is no specific statewide wage information available for manufacturing engineering technologists. However, this occupation is part of the larger group called "all other engineering technicians (except drafters).

Engineering technicians, except drafters, all other (SOC 17-3029)

Pay Period
Washington Hourly $21.22 $27.39 $36.79 $44.63 $48.71
Monthly $3,677 $4,747 $6,376 $7,734 $8,441
Yearly $44,130 $56,970 $76,530 $92,830 $101,310
    Bellingham Hourly $21.89 $26.48 $35.31 $39.86 $45.85
Monthly $3,794 $4,589 $6,119 $6,908 $7,946
Yearly $45,538 $55,083 $73,445 $82,918 $95,376
    Bremerton-Silverdale Hourly $33.10 $37.88 $42.81 $46.71 $50.61
Monthly $5,736 $6,565 $7,419 $8,095 $8,771
Yearly $68,841 $78,790 $89,057 $97,153 $105,253
    Kennewick-Richland Hourly $19.93 $22.85 $30.44 $37.99 $45.16
Monthly $3,454 $3,960 $5,275 $6,584 $7,826
Yearly $41,464 $47,533 $63,311 $79,013 $93,928
    Mount Vernon-Anacortes Hourly $17.08 $19.23 $34.14 $38.60 $44.46
Monthly $2,960 $3,333 $5,916 $6,689 $7,705
Yearly $35,539 $39,991 $71,024 $80,296 $92,474
    Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Hourly $20.64 $24.52 $30.21 $40.96 $49.63
Monthly $3,577 $4,249 $5,235 $7,098 $8,601
Yearly $42,929 $50,993 $62,825 $85,207 $103,236
    Spokane-Spokane Valley Hourly $14.66 $18.58 $24.01 $32.94 $38.28
Monthly $2,541 $3,220 $4,161 $5,709 $6,634
Yearly $30,502 $38,651 $49,945 $68,513 $79,616
    Vancouver Hourly $18.23 $22.23 $27.51 $33.23 $41.35
Monthly $3,159 $3,852 $4,767 $5,759 $7,166
Yearly $37,919 $46,235 $57,219 $69,122 $85,996
    Yakima Hourly $12.14 $15.59 $19.92 $26.62 $29.14
Monthly $2,104 $2,702 $3,452 $4,613 $5,050
Yearly $25,237 $32,419 $41,432 $55,360 $60,608
United States Hourly $17.36 $22.84 $30.38 $38.79 $47.46
Monthly $3,008 $3,958 $5,265 $6,722 $8,225
Yearly $36,120 $47,500 $63,200 $80,670 $98,720

Pay varies with the worker's level of education, responsibility, and experience. Those who work in manufacturing may belong to a union. When they work overtime or on holidays, they are usually paid more than their usual wage.

Full-time technologists generally receive benefits. Typical benefits are health insurance, a retirement plan, sick leave, and paid vacation. Some companies provide money for continuing education classes.

National wage information is not available specifically for manufacturing engineering technologists. However, they are part of the larger group of "all other engineering technicians."

Employment and outlook

Washington outlook

#Currently, there is no specific statewide outlook information available for manufacturing engineering technologists. However, this occupation is part of the larger group called "all other engineering technicians (except drafters).

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this career in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other (SOC 17-3029)

Location Current employment Growth over 10 years Annual openings
Washington 2,615 7.2% 16.1% 267
    Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan Counties 34 0.0% 13.4% 3
    Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman Counties 75 5.3% 8.6% 7
    Benton and Franklin Counties 140 -2.1% 15.0% 11
    Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap Counties 1,112 1.6% 11.9% 99
    Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum Counties 76 7.9% 15.2% 8
    Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties 77 11.7% 14.6% 8
    King County 637 15.4% 19.6% 78
    Kittitas, Klickitat, Skamania, and Yakima Counties 20 5.0% 13.8% 2
    Pierce County 164 23.8% 15.2% 24
    Snohomish County 133 6.0% 12.4% 13
    Spokane County 86 2.3% 13.9% 8
United States 87,100 2.6% 5.2% 8,800

National employment

Major employers:

National outlook

Demand for this occupation is expected to be slower than average. Advances in technology such as computer-aided design and computer simulation are allowing technologists to be more productive. However, technologists will be needed to improve and update manufacturing facilities and product designs. Demand will also occur as the green sector of the economy demands new environmentally friendly products and more efficient manufacturing.

Job prospects will be best for those with a bachelor's degree.

Employment and outlook information is not available specifically for manufacturing engineering technologists. However, they are part of the larger group of "all other engineering technicians."

Other resources

American Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) (external link)
(This website provides a list of engineering-related programs accredited by ABET)
415 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
American Composites Manufacturers Association (external link)
2000 N. 15th Street, Ste. 250
Arlington, VA 22201
American Society for Quality (external link)
PO Box 3005
Milwaukee, WI 53201-3005
American Society of Certified Engineering Technicians (external link)
15621 West 87th Street, Parkway #205
Lenexa, KS 66219
Association for Manufacturing Technology (external link)
7901 Westpark Drive
McLean, VA 22102
BLS Career Outlook 2018 (external link)
You're a what? Robotics Technician
Discover Engineering (external link)
Engineer Girl! (external link)
National Academy of Engineering
International Society of Automation (external link)
67 TW Alexander Drive
PO Box 12277
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
MCMA: Motion Control and Motor Association (external link)
900 Victors Way, Suite 140
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
National Academy of Engineering (external link)
500 Fifth Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (external link)
National Tooling & Machining Association (external link)
1357 Rockside Road
Cleveland, OH 44134
Precision Metalforming Association (external link)
6363 Oak Tree Boulevard
Independence, OH 44131
Robotic Industries Association (external link)
900 Victors Way, Suite 140
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (external link)
1000 Town Center, Suite 1910
Southfield, MI 48075
Society of Women Engineers (external link)
130 East Randolph Street, Suite 3500
Chicago, IL 60601
Technology Student Association (external link)
1904 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191-1540
The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (external link)
TryEngineering.org (external link)
(Information on manufacturing engineering technology)
Washington State Science & Engineering Fair (external link)


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