Engineering design

Manufacturing systems engineer

Manufacturing systems engineers design and install manufacturing equipment and assembly production lines.

Annual Salary

£22,000 to £40,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

30 to 40

3%
Future employment

There will be 3% more Manufacturing systems engineer jobs in 2024.
In your local area

What's it all about?

You'll help manage each phase of a project, overseeing the work of technicians and other professionals. Your duties could include:

  • estimating costs for bids and tenders, covering equipment, time and labour
  • building 3D models with computer aided design/manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software
  • testing systems and analysing data to work out the most cost-effective production methods
  • presenting plans to managers and clients for their approval
  • installing new equipment and machinery
  • investigating and fixing production problems
  • drawing up operation and training guidelines

University

You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:

  • manufacturing systems engineering
  • electrical or electronic engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • production or manufacturing engineering

If you've got another engineering qualification, you could take a postgraduate course like a master's degree in manufacturing systems engineering.

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

Apprenticeship

You could start by doing a degree apprenticeship in systems engineering or manufacturing engineering.

You could also do a food and drink engineering higher or degreee apprenticeship, if you want to specialise in the food production industry.

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent qualifications, for a higher or a degree apprenticeship

£22,000 to £40,000

Starter salary: £22,000 to £25,000

Experienced salary: £25,000 and £35,000

These figures are a guide.

30 to 40

Depending on the project, you might work standard office hours Monday to Friday, or you could work shifts or be on a rota.

Depending on your industry, you could be working on the factory floor or in an office or laboratory.

You could find work in any branch of manufacturing, like automotive, food and drink, pharmaceuticals or electronics.

You could work towards incorporated or chartered engineer status.

As an incorporated engineer, you would specialise in the day-to-day management of engineering operations. At chartered level, you would have a more strategic role, planning, researching and developing new ideas and streamlining management methods.

You'll find more advice about careers in systems engineering from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Tomorrow's Engineers.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • design skills and knowledge
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to use your judgement and make decisions
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competentl
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