Manufacturing Engineering Technologists
There are about 83,360 engineering technicians, all other (except drafters), employed in the United States, according to the Department of Labor. Manufacturing engineering technologists are employed by architectural, engineering, and related services; machinery manufacturing companies; transportation manufacturing companies; computer and electronic product manufacturing; and companies involved in scientific, research, and development services.
Manufacturing engineering technologists often get their start through an apprenticeship or internship while in school. They may receive job offers upon graduation. They usually start in entry-level positions, such as junior and assistant technologists. They are closely supervised by senior technologists while receiving on-the-job training. Ask your school's career services office for help with finding job listings. You can also contact companies directly through the career sections of their Web sites. State employment offices also post job openings in manufacturing engineering. Find employment listings and other resources at the federal Office of Personnel Management (https://www.usajobs.gov). Also search professional associations' Web sites for job referrals.
Manufacturing engineering technologists with three or more years of experience may advance to become senior manufacturing engineering technologists, assuming more responsiblities and projects. They may be promoted to supervisor and management positions, hiring and overseeing the work of engineering technologists. They may also advance by getting a master's degree in industrial engineering or a related field, and getting certification in various specialties. Some may start their own consulting companies.
Tips for Entry
Learn more about the different career opportunities in U.S. manufacturing, meet others working in the field, and gain access to educational programs, mentoring, job referrals, and other resources by joining professional associations such as the Association for Manufacturing Technology (https://www.amtonline.org) and the Technology Student Association (https://tsaweb.org).
Get an internship or part-time job in a manufacturing engineering company to gain valuable work experience while you are still in school. Ask your school's career services office for assistance with the internship and job search.
Attend and volunteer at industry conferences and events to keep up with industry news and developments. Find upcoming event listings on professional associations' Web sites, such as https://tsaweb.org/events-conferences/calendar and https://www.amtonline.org/Calendar.