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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

to

£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
  • an apprenticeship

University

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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Apprenticeship

You could start by doing a higher or degree apprenticeship.

Relevant apprenticeships include:

  • systems engineering degree apprenticeship
  • manufacturing engineering degree apprenticeship
  • food and drink engineering higher or degree apprenticeship
  • science industry process and plant engineer degree apprenticeship

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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Further information

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

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

In this role you'll help the factory produce goods on time, on budget and to agreed quality standards. You could:

  • work with production managers and other workers to identify processes
  • draw up plans and proposals for ways to increase productivity and reduce costs
  • use computer aided design/manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software to build 3D models of manufacturing plants, equipment or assembly lines
  • estimate equipment, time and labour costs
  • test systems and analyse data to work out the best production methods
  • present plans to managers and clients for their approval
  • install new equipment and machinery
  • investigate and fix production problems
  • draw up manuals and training guides

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 find 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. At chartered level, you would have a more strategic role which involves planning, researching, developing new ideas and improving management methods.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Food and Drink Advanced Engineer Apprentice - Leicester

  • Wage: £21,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Leicester

Food and Drink Advanced Engineer Apprentice - North West/Skelmersdale

  • Wage: £21,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Skelmersdale

Courses In England

Manufacturing Engineering HNC Diploma

  • Provider: SOLIHULL COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY CENTRE
  • Start date: 01 September 2023
  • Location: Smith's Wood

Advanced Manufacturing Engineering

  • Provider: HAVANT AND SOUTH DOWNS COLLEGE
  • Start date: 12 September 2023
  • Location: Waterlooville

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