Do you enjoy taking things apart just to figure out how they were put together or how they work? Do you enjoy building things or figuring out how to make things, or processes, work better? To put it simply, Manufacturing Engineering Technologists work in teams to develop tools, products, processes, machines and equipment that’s better, faster, safer and less expensive than their competitors’. Students in this program use computer aided equipment and other planning tools to evaluate manufacturing processes with an eye to increasing productivity, reducing costs, and maintaining or enhancing product quality. Skills developed through this program can be applied to such areas as mechanical design, quality control, materials testing, facilities design, automation, stress analysis, and sales.
Manufacturing Engineering Technology is one of NHTI’s programs in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). According to the US Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are expected to grow by 17% through 2018 and STEM workers command earnings 26% more than their counterparts in non-STEM occupations. STEM jobs grew 7.9% from 2000 to 2008, for example, while non-STEM jobs grew just 2.6% during that time. Also, STEM workers earn more, from 12 – 60% more than their counterparts with similar levels of education.
Visit NHTI’s Manufacturing Engineering Technology Department for information on degree and course offerings. NHTI also offers a degrees in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Robotics and Automation Engineering Technology, Advanced Manufacturing Process Technology, as well as the following certificates: Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Applied Career Fundamentals for Advanced Manufacturing.
- Career Paths for This Major
- Skills Developed Through This Major
- Sample Career Titles
- Sample Employers
- Ways to Explore and Reality Test Careers
- How to Increase Employability
- Professional Association Links
- Employment and Internship Links
When you graduate with this major, you will have work options that are varied and that depend upon your specific interests, abilities, work values, and hands on experience in the field. Depending on the preferred area of focus, Manufacturing Engineering Technologists may work with engineering graphics, engineering materials and mechanics, hydraulics and pneumatics, or electronics and electric power. They are usually employed in the functional areas of quality assurance, plant management, materials handling, industrial safety, systems planning, process planning, or computer integrated manufacturing. Additional career paths include technical customer service, or work in technical sales and marketing because of the strong knowledge of equipment and processes that comes with the Manufacturing Engineering Technology degree.
Further advancement in manufacturing usually means pursuing a degree in business or engineering. Experienced supervisors often advance to department chair or production manager positions. Engineering technologists/technicians usually begin by doing routine duties, working under the close supervision of experienced technologists or engineers. Engineering technologists with leadership skills may advance by keeping their skills current through continuing education classes or completing additional coursework to become an engineer.
- Applied science and mathematics
- Technical problem solving
- Quality management
- Modeling and simulation
- Process control
- Testing, inspection and validation
- Integrated product and process design
- Communications skills and team work
- Utilize engineering-related computer software applications such as CAD, CAM, spreadsheets, word processing, and basic programming languages
- Program and operate computers, CNC machines, and other automated manufacturing equipment
- Contribute to the design, redesign, and upgrade of products to achieve improved manufacturability, aesthetics, and function
These titles include positions that you may qualify for with this associate’s degree:
- Manufacturing / Industrial Engineering assistant
- Manufacturing specialist
- Manufacturing Engineering Technician/Technologist
- Line Supervisor
- Industrial/Technical Sales
- Production Technologist
- Management Assistants
- Material Planners
Positions that may require a bachelor’s degree and beyond:
- Manufacturing Engineer
- Mechanical Engineer
- Process Engineer
- Production Engineer
- Project Engineer
- Tool Engineer
- Industrial Engineer
- Quality Engineer
- Applications Engineer
- Design Engineer
- Project Manager
- Research and Development Firms
- Manufacturing Firms
- Federal and State Government Agencies
There are four key ways to explore your favorite career interests…through reading, through speaking with those in the know, through observing and through doing. Use the links on this page to begin exploring major related careers through ‘reading’. Go to the Exploring Career Interests link to get tips on all four key exploration strategies.
- Manufacturing Engineering Technologists
- Manufacturing Engineers
- Mechanical Engineers
- Industrial Engineers
- Robotics Engineers
Additional sources of information for this major include:
- NHTI Faculty, Advisors, and Manufacturing Engineering Technology Department resources
- Professionals who are working in the field
- Professional Associations (see below)
- Become an active student member of college, community, or professional associations, which helps you build leadership skills and promote connecting (networking) with fellow professionals.
- Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation through part-time, full-time and summer employment/internship positions related to your targeted field.
- Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.
Professionals who do work related to this major belong to these associations. You can use the links below to do career research and to connect with local association members. You may also be able to join an association of interest, at a reduced rate, as a student member.
- American Society for Precision Engineering
- International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP)
- Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
- Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME)
- The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
- The Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering
See below for job posting sites related to this major (including our own home grown NHTI posting site – see first link).