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Manufacturing Engineering Technologists

The Job

Manufacturing engineering technologists work closely with engineers to develop, design, and integrate tools, machinery, equipment, or computer technologies to improve manufacturing processes. They monitor the processes to see where inefficiencies may be occurring and identify solutions to reduce losses, increase productivity speeds, and improve the quality of products and goods. They also ensure that manufacturing machinery and processes are operating in accordance with safety rules and regulations.

The daily tasks for manufacturing engineering technologists often feature developing and maintaining automated production equipment programs and verifying the weights, measurements, and calculations of production batches and recording the results. Other tasks that technologists are involved with include performing equipment maintenance on a routine basis and overseeing equipment performance. Technologists develop programs for production, inventory, and quality assurance, and they also review and create budgets for manufacturing costs. They may create schedules and budgets for production work and be involved in the purchase, installation, and transfer of machinery and equipment.

Manufacturing engineering technologists apply their knowledge of the practical applications of engineering science and technology to the design and production of various products and goods. They use different types of software programs to review and record data, monitor equipment, and manage projects. These software programs usually include computer-aided design software, such as Autodesk AutoCAD; computer-aided manufacturing software such as Cimatron Group GibbsCAM and Delcam; industrial control software like MASS Group FactoryLink SCADA HMI; enterprise resource planning software like SAP and Infor Industrial Essentials; and materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software like ABB CPM4Metals.

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