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17-2199.04 - Manufacturing Engineers

Design, integrate, or improve manufacturing systems or related processes. May work with commercial or industrial designers to refine product designs to increase producibility and decrease costs.

Sample of reported job titles: Advanced Manufacturing Engineer, Advanced Manufacturing Vice President, Facility Engineer, Manufacturing Director, Manufacturing Engineer, Manufacturing Engineering Director, Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Plant Engineer, Process Engineer, Process Improvement Engineer

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
84   Core
Troubleshoot new or existing product problems involving designs, materials, or processes.
82   Core
Investigate or resolve operational problems, such as material use variances or bottlenecks.
80   Core
Identify opportunities or implement changes to improve manufacturing processes or products or to reduce costs, using knowledge of fabrication processes, tooling and production equipment, assembly methods, quality control standards, or product design, materials and parts.
79   Core
Apply continuous improvement methods such as lean manufacturing to enhance manufacturing quality, reliability, or cost-effectiveness.
76   Core
Provide technical expertise or support related to manufacturing.
74   Core
Incorporate new manufacturing methods or processes to improve existing operations.
73   Core
Review product designs for manufacturability or completeness.
73   Core
Determine root causes of failures or recommend changes in designs, tolerances, or processing methods, using statistical procedures.
72   Core
Prepare reports summarizing information or trends related to manufacturing performance.
71   Core
Prepare documentation for new manufacturing processes or engineering procedures.
71   Core
Design layout of equipment or workspaces to achieve maximum efficiency.
70   Core
Communicate manufacturing capabilities, production schedules, or other information to facilitate production processes.
66   Core
Supervise technicians, technologists, analysts, administrative staff, or other engineers.
66   Core
Design, install, or troubleshoot manufacturing equipment.
66   Core
Evaluate manufactured products according to specifications and quality standards.
65   Core
Estimate costs, production times, or staffing requirements for new designs.
64   Core
Train production personnel in new or existing methods.
62   Core
Design tests of finished products or process capabilities to establish standards or validate process requirements.
59   Core
Analyze the financial impacts of sustainable manufacturing processes or sustainable product manufacturing.  Green Task Statement
58   Core
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.  Green Task Statement
56   Core
Purchase equipment, materials, or parts.
52   Core
Evaluate current or proposed manufacturing processes or practices for environmental sustainability, considering factors such as greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, water pollution, energy use, or waste creation.  Green Task Statement
52   Core
Read current literature, talk with colleagues, participate in educational programs, attend meetings, attend workshops, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in the manufacturing field.
41   Supplemental
Redesign packaging for manufactured products to minimize raw material use or waste.  Green Task Statement

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Technology Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Analytical or scientific software — Minitab Hot technology
  • Computer aided design CAD software Hot technology — Autodesk AutoCAD Hot technology ; Dassault Systemes CATIA Hot technology ; Dassault Systems SOLIDWORKS; PTC Creo Parametric Hot technology
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software Hot technology — CNC Mastercam; Geometric CAMWorks; Siemens NX for Manufacturing
  • Data base user interface and query software — Microsoft Access Hot technology
  • Development environment software — C Hot technology ; Microsoft Visual Basic Hot technology ; National Instruments LabVIEW Hot technology
  • Electronic mail software — IBM Notes Hot technology ; Microsoft Outlook Hot technology
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot technology — Product lifecycle management PLM software; SAP Hot technology
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Microsoft Visio Hot technology
  • Industrial control software — Computer numerical control CNC software
  • Internet browser software — Microsoft Internet Explorer; Web browser software
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint Hot technology
  • Project management software — Microsoft Project Hot technology ; SolidWorks Enterprise PDM
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Binocular light compound microscopes — Optical compound microscopes
  • Calipers — Digital calipers
  • Desktop computers
  • Microcontrollers — Programmable logic controller PLC software
  • Micrometers — Digital micrometers
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers — Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Scientific calculator — Scientific calculators

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
86 
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.
86 
Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
77 
Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
75 
Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
74 
Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
70 
Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
69 
English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
61 
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.
56 
Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
54 
Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
46 
Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
44 
Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
44 
Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
41 
Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
40 
Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
39 
Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
38 
Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
37 
Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
35 
Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
31 
Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
31 
Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
27 
Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
26 
Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
16 
Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
15 
Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
15 
Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
14 
Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
14 
Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
11 
Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
9 
Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
7 
Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
4 
History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
0 
Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
75 
Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
75 
Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
75 
Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
72 
Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
72 
Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
72 
Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
72 
Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
72 
Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
69 
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
69 
Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
69 
Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
69 
Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
66 
Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
66 
Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
63 
Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
63 
Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
56 
Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
56 
Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
56 
Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
53 
Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
53 
Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
53 
Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
50 
Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
50 
Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
50 
Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
50 
Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
50 
Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
47 
Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
47 
Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
47 
Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
41 
Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
41 
Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
41 
Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
38 
Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
22 
Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
75 
Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
75 
Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
75 
Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
75 
Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
75 
Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
75 
Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
75 
Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
72 
Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
72 
Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
72 
Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
69 
Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
69 
Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
66 
Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
66 
Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
66 
Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
66 
Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
63 
Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
56 
Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
56 
Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
53 
Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
53 
Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
50 
Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
47 
Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
47 
Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
44 
Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
44 
Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
41 
Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
38 
Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
38 
Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
38 
Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
38 
Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
35 
Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
35 
Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
28 
Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
28 
Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
28 
Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
28 
Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
25 
Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
25 
Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
25 
Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
22 
Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
22 
Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
22 
Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
19 
Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
19 
Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
10 
Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
6 
Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
3 
Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
0 
Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
0 
Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
0 
Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
0 
Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
88 
Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
84 
Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
82 
Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
81 
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
80 
Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
80 
Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
78 
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
77 
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
76 
Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
75 
Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
72 
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
72 
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
71 
Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
68 
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
66 
Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
66 
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
66 
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
64 
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
64 
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
61 
Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
59 
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
56 
Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
56 
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
56 
Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
56 
Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
54 
Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
53 
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
52 
Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
50 
Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
49 
Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
49 
Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
48 
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
46 
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
44 
Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
39 
Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
37 
Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
34 
Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
33 
Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
32 
Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
27 
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
11 
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Detailed Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Determine causes of operational problems or failures.
  • Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes or products.
  • Resolve operational performance problems.
  • Develop technical methods or processes.
  • Implement design or process improvements.
  • Determine operational methods.
  • Provide technical guidance to other personnel.
  • Design industrial processing systems.
  • Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance.
  • Prepare operational reports.
  • Create graphical representations of industrial production systems.
  • Prepare procedural documents.
  • Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans.
  • Assess product or process usefulness.
  • Design industrial equipment.
  • Install production equipment or systems.
  • Supervise production or support personnel.
  • Estimate operational costs.
  • Estimate technical or resource requirements for development or production projects.
  • Estimate time requirements for development or production projects.
  • Train personnel on proper operational procedures.
  • Devise research or testing protocols.
  • Analyze costs and benefits of proposed designs or projects.
  • Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources.
  • Investigate the environmental impact of projects.
  • Update technical knowledge.
  • Develop operational methods or processes that use green materials or emphasize sustainability.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context

Percentage of Top Responses
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


100     Every day
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?


88     Every day
12     Once a week or more but not every day
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


62     Every day
38     Once a week or more but not every day
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


69     More than 40 hours
31     40 hours
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


62     Every day
27     Once a week or more but not every day
Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?


50     Every day
42     Once a week or more but not every day
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?


50     Extremely important
27     Very important
23     Important
Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?


46     Constant contact with others
35     Contact with others most of the time
15     Contact with others about half the time
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


40     Extremely important
44     Very important
12     Important
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


31     A lot of freedom
42     Some freedom
23     Limited freedom
Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?


19     A lot of freedom
65     Some freedom
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


27     Extremely important
50     Very important
15     Fairly important
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


35     Very high responsibility
35     High responsibility
19     Moderate responsibility
Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — What results do your decisions usually have on other people or the image or reputation or financial resources of your employer?


19     Very important results
50     Important results
15     Moderate results
12     Minor results
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


54     Once a week or more but not every day
35     Once a month or more but not every week
Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?


15     Every day
46     Once a week or more but not every day
15     Once a month or more but not every week
19     Once a year or more but not every month
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


38     High responsibility
38     Moderate responsibility
15     Limited responsibility
Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?


15     Every day
27     Once a week or more but not every day
38     Once a month or more but not every week
15     Once a year or more but not every month
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


38     More than half the time
35     About half the time
19     Less than half the time
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


38     Moderately close (at arm's length)
35     Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
23     I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office)
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


15     Every day
35     Once a week or more but not every day
15     Once a month or more but not every week
19     Once a year or more but not every month
15     Never
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


15     Extremely serious
23     Very serious
35     Serious
12     Fairly serious
15     Not serious at all
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


24     Once a week or more but not every day
44     Once a month or more but not every week
20     Once a year or more but not every month
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


77     Moderately competitive
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


27     Once a week or more but not every day
35     Once a month or more but not every week
27     Once a year or more but not every month
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


38     Once a week or more but not every day
12     Once a month or more but not every week
35     Once a year or more but not every month
Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?


23     Once a week or more but not every day
31     Once a month or more but not every week
35     Once a year or more but not every month
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


38     Once a week or more but not every day
19     Once a month or more but not every week
23     Once a year or more but not every month
15     Never
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?


15     Once a week or more but not every day
27     Once a month or more but not every week
42     Once a year or more but not every month
12     Never
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


12     Highly automated
44     Moderately automated
32     Slightly automated
12     Not at all automated
Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?


19     Very important
31     Important
19     Fairly important
27     Not important at all
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


42     About half the time
54     Less than half the time
Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?


12     More than half the time
15     About half the time
46     Less than half the time
19     Never
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?


12     Very important
27     Important
31     Fairly important
27     Not important at all
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


19     About half the time
77     Less than half the time
Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)


12     Extremely important
19     Very important
15     Fairly important
54     Not important at all
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


12     More than half the time
27     About half the time
31     Less than half the time
31     Never
Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?


23     Once a month or more but not every week
50     Once a year or more but not every month
19     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


16     Once a month or more but not every week
40     Once a year or more but not every month
32     Never
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


23     Once a month or more but not every week
31     Once a year or more but not every month
38     Never
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


27     Once a month or more but not every week
31     Once a year or more but not every month
38     Never
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


12     Once a week or more but not every day
38     Once a year or more but not every month
42     Never
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?


15     Once a month or more but not every week
35     Once a year or more but not every month
42     Never
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


12     Once a week or more but not every day
15     Once a month or more but not every week
19     Once a year or more but not every month
54     Never
Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?


12     Once a month or more but not every week
31     Once a year or more but not every month
50     Never
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


12     Once a month or more but not every week
42     Once a year or more but not every month
42     Never
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


12     Once a month or more but not every week
31     Once a year or more but not every month
54     Never
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


54     Less than half the time
42     Never
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


58     Less than half the time
38     Never
Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?


35     Once a year or more but not every month
58     Never
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


23     Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration)
77     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?


42     Less than half the time
58     Never
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


20     Less than half the time
76     Never
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


85     Never
Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?


12     Once a year or more but not every month
85     Never
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


19     Once a year or more but not every month
81     Never
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


15     Once a year or more but not every month
85     Never

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Related Experience A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Job Zone Examples Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, database administrators, graphic designers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.
SVP Range (7.0 to < 8.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
76   Bachelor's degree
16   Associate's degree
4   Some college, no degree

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Credentials

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
95 
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
83 
Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
45 
Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
39 
Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
17 
Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
0 
Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
87 
Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
87 
Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
86 
Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
86 
Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
80 
Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
79 
Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
77 
Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
77 
Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
76 
Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
73 
Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
71 
Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
71 
Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
66 
Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
65 
Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
55 
Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
48 
Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
75 
Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
72 
Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
67 
Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
67 
Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
61 
Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
39 
Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Engineers, All Other.
Employment data collected from Engineers, All Other.
Industry data collected from Engineers, All Other.

Median wages (2016) $46.78 hourly, $97,300 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2014) 137,000 employees
Projected growth (2014-2024) Slower than average (2% to 4%) Slower than average (2% to 4%)
Projected job openings (2014-2024) 33,000
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2014)
Government (25% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 wage data external site and 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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