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Manufacturing systems engineer

Alternative titles for this job include

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

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter


£48,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 41 a week

You could work

weekends on a rota

How to become

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How to become a manufacturing systems engineer

You can get into this job through a university course or an apprenticeship.


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

  • 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.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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You could start by doing a higher or degree apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships include:

  • Food and Drink Engineer Level 5 Higher or Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship
  • Science Industry Process and Plant Engineer Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship
  • Manufacturing Engineer Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship
  • Space Systems Engineer Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship
  • Systems Engineer Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship

More information

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

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

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 competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a manufacturing systems engineer, you'll help a factory produce goods on time, on budget and to a high quality. 

You could:

  • work with production managers to identify processes and create training guides
  • test systems and analyse data to work out the best production methods
  • propose ways to increase productivity and reduce costs
  • use computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software to build 3D models
  • estimate costs for equipment, time and labour
  • install new equipment and fix production problems

Working environment

You could work in a factory, in an office or in a laboratory.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You could work in any branch of manufacturing, like:

  • vehicles
  • food and drink
  • pharmaceuticals
  • 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. 

As a chartered engineer, you would be more involved in planning, researching, developing new ideas and improving management methods.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

V01941 - Manufacturing Engineer Apprenticeship

  • Wage: Competitive salary Annually
  • Location: 1st Floor, Main Shipyard Offices, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

Manufacturing Engineer Apprentice - Level 6 Degree

  • Wage: £20,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Aldermaston, Reading, Berkshire

Courses In England


  • Start date: 16 September 2024
  • Location: HARTLEPOOL

BTEC National Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering

  • Provider: THE LEIGH UTC
  • Start date: 01 September 2024
  • Location: Dartford

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