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Description: what do they do?
Develop tools, implement designs, or integrate machinery, equipment, or computer technologies to ensure effective manufacturing processes.
Also known as:
Manufacturing Technology Analyst, Tool Design Engineer, Business Process Analyst, Technical Fellow

    What does this information tell me?

    This description is a quick overview of what workers in this career might do.

    "Also known as" shows other common names for this career.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from the O*NET Resource Center.

Outlook: will there be jobs?
Image. Employment outlook for this occupation
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.

This occupation is:
  • A new and emerging occupation


    What does this information tell me?

    Outlook information can tell you whether a career is expected to be in demand in the future—that is, whether there are likely to be job openings if you choose this career. Careers can have one of three outlooks:

    • A Bright outlook means new job opportunities are very likely in the future
    • An Average outlook means that a small number of new job opportunities are likely in the future (less than an 8 percent increase)
    • A Below Average outlook means new job opportunities are less likely in the future

    You can also view local job listings in this field by clicking "Find job openings" above. This can help you see if local businesses are hiring—another way of looking at demand.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from the O*NET Resource Center. Learn more about O*NET’s Bright Outlook occupations. Note this information is only available at a national level, so even if you selected a state, you’ll only see this information for the whole country.

Projected employment
Maryland
1,670
2014 Employment
1,780
2024 Employment
7%
Percent change
50
Annual projected job openings
United States
70,100
2014 Employment
69,900
2024 Employment
-0%
Percent change
1,710
Annual projected job openings
You’re seeing projected employment information for Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other because we don’t have information for Manufacturing Engineering Technologists.

    What does this information tell me?

    Projected employment shows how much employment is expected to grow in this occupation over a 10-year period. This can help you decide if this career is a good choice for future job opportunities. You can look at projected employment in your state, or in other states where you might consider living.

    You can see the total number of people employed in this occupation in 2014, the number expected to be employed in 2024, and rate of growth over those years.

    The projections are based on assumptions including a 5.2 percent unemployment rate in 2024 and labor productivity growth of 1.8 percent annually over the 10 years. While the projected numbers may not be exact, they are helpful to compare one career to another, or one location to another.

    What is the source of this information?

    State-level data come from Projections Central: Long Term Projections, through 2024.

    National-level data come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections, Employment Projections: 2014–24.

Typical wages

Annual wages for Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other* in Baltimore-Towson, MD MSA
* You’re seeing wage information for Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other because we don’t have information for Manufacturing Engineering Technologists.
LocationBaltimore-Towson, MD MSAUnited States
10%$61,260$34,690
25%$71,110$46,990
Median$84,040$62,330
75%$95,560$78,570
90%$102,020$95,960


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    You can learn more about wages for this and other occupations by clicking “See more wages” above.

    What is the source of this information?

    The wage information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program, 2016 data. For more detailed state wage data, please find the link to your state's wage data program in the Other Resources box.

    What does this information tell me?

    This shows you the typical level of education, work experience, and on-the-job training that most people have when they start in this career. Note that these are not requirements for entering this field, but the information can help you understand how qualified you might be.

    Interested in starting in this career? You can search for education programs in your local area by clicking “Find local training” above.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections Education and Training Data.

Typical education
How much education do most people in this career have?
Chart. Percent of workers in this field by education level attained

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    This chart shows you the range of education levels that people who currently work in this field have. You can use this to see if you fit in this range. Note that this includes ALL people who work in this field and not just those getting started.

    Interested in getting qualified for this career? You can search for programs that lead to the education needed, in your local area, by clicking “Find local training” above.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections Education and Training Data.

Certifications: show your skills
Let employers know you have the skills to do well at this job.
Earning a certification can help you:
  • Get a job
  • Get a promotion

    What does this information tell me?

    When you click "Find certifications" you'll see a list of national certifications that are related to this career. From there, you can learn how to achieve one of these certifications to help you enter or get ahead in this field.

    What is the source of this information?

    This collection of occupational certifications is collected and regularly updated by CareerOneStop. Learn more at Certification Finder Help.

Licenses: do you need one?
Some states require an occupational license to work in this career.

    What does this information tell me?

    When you click "Find license details in your state" you'll see the license name and contact information for the agency in your state that oversees licensing for this field. If you have not selected a location, you'll see a list of all state licenses for this occupation.

    What is the source of this information?

    Information on licensed occupations is gathered in each state by Labor Market Information units under a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Learn more at License Finder Help.

Apprenticeships: learn on the job
Apprenticeships combine paid on-the-job-training with classroom lessons.

    What does this information tell me?

    When you click "Find apprenticeship sponsors" you'll find information that can help you locate apprenticeship opportunities in your state:

    • If there are businesses that have sponsored apprenticeships in this field in the past, you'll find their name and contact information.
    • If there are related occupations that might have apprenticeship opportunities, you'll find links to that information.
    • You'll also see contact information for state and federal agencies that oversee apprenticeship programs.

    What is the source of this information?

    Apprenticeship information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeships, and from CareerOneStop. Learn more at Apprenticeship Finder Help.

Activities: what you might do in a day
  • Monitor the productivity or efficiency of industrial operations.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance.
  • Design industrial equipment.
  • Evaluate characteristics of equipment or systems.
  • Prepare detailed work plans.
  • Estimate time requirements for development or production projects.
  • Schedule operational activities.
  • Implement design or process improvements.
  • Develop technical methods or processes.
  • Estimate operational costs.
  • Create graphical representations of industrial production systems.
  • Select project materials.
  • Determine operational methods.
  • Verify mathematical calculations.
  • Design industrial processing systems.
  • Direct quality control activities.
  • Develop software or computer applications.
  • Teach safety standards or environmental compliance methods.
  • Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes or products.
  • Monitor processes for compliance with standards.
  • Operate industrial equipment.
  • Investigate the environmental impact of projects.
  • Maintain mechanical equipment.
  • Install production equipment or systems.
  • Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources.
  • Design structures or facilities.
  • Develop operational methods or processes that use green materials or emphasize sustainability.
  • Incorporate green features into the design of structures or facilities.

    What does this information tell me?

    This is a list of typical work activities that people in this career might do on the job. You can use this list to get an idea of whether this career might be a good fit for you.

    Click on “More activities” to see more detailed examples of activities for this career.

    You can also use this list to help you prepare for a job interview. Or, if you’ve already held a job like this, you can copy these activities to use on your resume.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from O*NET OnLine's Occupation Information. They are O*NET’s Detailed Work Activities.

Knowledge
People in this career often know a lot about:
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

    What does this information tell me?

    This is a list of general knowledge areas that are most commonly required for jobs in the career. Knowledge is typically gained through education and related experience.

    This list can help you learn if you are prepared for a job in this career. It can also help you decide on education or training programs that could help you prepare for the career.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from the O*NET Resource Center. Learn more about O*NET's Knowledge descriptors.

Skills
People in this career often have these skills:
  • Mathematics - Using math to solve problems.
  • Critical Thinking - Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one.
  • Systems Analysis - Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it.
  • Reading Comprehension - Reading work-related information.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or display screens to make sure a machine is working.
  • Active Learning - Figuring out how to use new ideas or things.
  • Active Listening - Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others.
  • Systems Evaluation - Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Testing how well a product or service works.
  • Monitoring - Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.
  • Operations Analysis - Figuring out what a product or service needs to be able to do.

    What does this information tell me?

    This is a list of a list the work-related skills most commonly required for jobs in the career.

    This list can help you understand how well your current skills fit this career. It can also help you plan your education or professional development.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from the O*NET Resource Center. Learn more about O*NET's Skills descriptors.

Abilities
People in this career often have talent in:
  • Information Ordering - Ordering or arranging things.
  • Problem Sensitivity - Noticing when problems happen.
  • Mathematical Reasoning - Choosing the right type of math to solve a problem.
  • Written Comprehension - Reading and understanding what is written.
  • Inductive Reasoning - Making general rules or coming up with answers from lots of detailed information.
  • Category Flexibility - Grouping things in different ways.
  • Oral Comprehension - Listening and understanding what people say.
  • Deductive Reasoning - Using rules to solve problems.
  • Near Vision - Seeing details up close.
  • Oral Expression - Communicating by speaking.
  • Speech Recognition - Recognizing spoken words.
  • Number Facility - Adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing.
  • Fluency of Ideas - Coming up with lots of ideas.
  • Written Expression - Communicating by writing.
  • Speech Clarity - Speaking clearly.
  • Selective Attention - Paying attention to something without being distracted.
  • Flexibility of Closure - Seeing hidden patterns.
  • Visualization - Imagining how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
  • Perceptual Speed - Quickly comparing groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
  • Far Vision - Seeing details that are far away.
  • Originality - Creating new and original ideas.

    What does this information tell me?

    This is a list of a list of personal qualities that might influence work and are most commonly required for success in this career.

    This list can help you understand if your natural strengths and abilities are a good fit for this career.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from the O*NET Resource Center. Learn more about O*NET's Abilities descriptors.

Interests
  • Conventional - Occupations related to Conventional interests frequently involve following set procedures and routines. They include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
  • Investigative - Occupations with Investigative interests frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. They often involve research and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Realistic - Occupations with Realistic interests frequently involve practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

    What does this information tell me?

    This is a list of work environment-preferences that are most commonly associated with the career. It can help you understand if your natural interests are a good fit for this career.

    Click "Take an interest assessment" for a quick 30-question assessment that can help you understand your interests and see careers that might be good matches for them.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from the O*NET Resource Center. Learn more about O*NET's Interest descriptors.

Typical tasks
  • Monitor manufacturing processes to identify ways to reduce losses, decrease time requirements, or improve quality.
  • Recommend corrective or preventive actions to assure or improve product quality or reliability.
  • Identify opportunities for improvements in quality, cost, or efficiency of automation equipment.
  • Evaluate manufacturing equipment, materials, or components.
  • Plan, estimate, or schedule production work.
  • Identify or implement new or sustainable manufacturing technologies, processes, or equipment.
  • Develop or maintain programs associated with automated production equipment.
  • Estimate manufacturing costs.
  • Prepare layouts, drawings, or sketches of machinery or equipment, such as shop tooling, scale layouts, or new equipment design, using drafting equipment or computer-aided design (CAD) software.
  • Select material quantities or processing methods needed to achieve efficient production.
  • Verify weights, measurements, counts, or calculations and record results on batch records.
  • Develop manufacturing infrastructure to integrate or deploy new manufacturing processes.
  • Oversee equipment start-up, characterization, qualification, or release.
  • Develop production, inventory, or quality assurance programs.
  • Create computer applications for manufacturing processes or operations, using computer-aided design (CAD) or computer-assisted manufacturing (CAM) tools.
  • Train manufacturing technicians on topics such as safety, health, fire prevention, or quality.
  • Analyze manufacturing supply chains to identify opportunities for increased efficiency in the acquisition of raw materials.
  • Monitor manufacturing operations to ensure adherence to environmental policies and practices.
  • Operate complex processing equipment.
  • Evaluate current or proposed manufacturing processes or practices for environmental sustainability, considering factors such as green house gas emissions, air pollution, water pollution, energy use, or waste creation.
  • Perform routine equipment maintenance.
  • Install manufacturing engineering equipment.
  • Coordinate equipment purchases, installations, or transfers.
  • Design plant layouts or production facilities.
  • Develop sustainable manufacturing technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, minimize raw material use, replace toxic materials with non-toxic materials, replace non-renewable materials with renewable materials, or reduce waste.
  • Develop processes to recover, recycle, or reuse waste or scrap materials from manufacturing operations.
  • Train manufacturing technicians on environmental protection topics.
  • Design plant or production layouts that minimize environmental impacts.

    What does this information tell me?

    This is a list of typical tasks that people in this career might do on the job.  You can use this list to get an idea of whether this career might be a good fit for you.

    Click on “More tasks” to see more detailed examples for this career.

    You can also use this list to help you prepare for a job interview. Or, if you’ve already held a job like this, you can copy these tasks to use on your resume.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from O*NET OnLine's Occupation Information. They are O*NET‘s Tasks.

    What does this information tell me?

    These are additional online resources related to this career. You may find different or more detailed information at these sources.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information is collected and maintained by CareerOneStop.