Manufacturing Engineering Technologists
Education and Training Requirements
Take classes in biology, chemistry, mathematics (algebra, calculus, geometry, and trigonometry), and physics. Other essential classes that are helpful for future manufacturing engineering technology work include computer science, design, and English classes. There are also other areas of study that may be beneficial or required for different specialties within manufacturing engineering.
Most employers prefer to hire manufacturing engineering technologists who hold a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or industrial engineering, although for some positions an associate's degree may be sufficient. There are two- and four-year schools that offer engineering technology programs that focus on the practical side of engineering, such as design and production; students spend less time on science and theory. Engineering technologists who hold a degree in engineering technology are not engineers and cannot be licensed as professional engineers, but they may fill many of the same positions.
The official accrediting agency for colleges that offer engineering technology and engineering programs is ABET. Find accredited engineering technology programs at https://www.abet.org.
Other Education or Training
Manufacturing engineering technologists continue their education throughout their careers. They must stay current with the latest technologies and software programs used in manufacturing engineering, as well as innovations in business practices. They take classes provided by professional associations such as the American Society for Engineering Education and the Association for Manufacturing Technology, among many others. Contact these organizations for more information.
Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements
Certification or Licensing
Some employers prefer to hire manufacturing engineering technologists with certification. The Society of Manufacturing Engineers offers the Certified Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT) designation to those who have a minimum of four years of manufacturing-related education and work experience who also pass the certification exam. Find information at https://www.sme.org/cmfgt. The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies offers certification programs for engineering technologists and associate engineering technologists. Find details at https://www.nicet.org.
Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits
Manufacturing engineering technologists usually have two or more years of experience and often start their careers through an apprenticeship or entry-level position. They receive on-the-job training. The job requires the ability to work independently as well as on a team and under close supervision by senior-level technologists. Strong knowledge of engineering and technology, production and processing, machines and tools, math, and design techniques, principles, and tools used in manufacturing is essential. Manufacturing engineering technologists are critical thinkers who can analyze manufacturing systems, identify problems, and come up with appropriate solutions that fit within business operations and budget. People who do best in this field have strong mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills, written comprehension, organizational skills, and can communicate clearly with supervisors, peers, and subordinates.