Manufacturing Systems Engineer

Job description

A manufacturing systems engineer works as part of a team to design, install, monitor and develop all systems affecting the manufacturing cycle of a product. The aim is to develop and maintain efficient manufacturing systems, producing the maximum volume of high-quality product at the lowest cost and in the shortest time.

Manufacturing systems engineers work to integrate the entire manufacturing process, from production and supply through to sales. A systematic approach to money, methods, materials and technology, across traditional departmental boundaries, is required. The latest computer technology is used and this provides a systematic approach to manufacturing.

Typical work activities

Rather than specialising in one particular part of the process, manufacturing systems engineers are responsible for seeing a job through all of its stages.

Typical work activities include:

  • Designing the layout of the plant;
  • Designing, developing and installing plant control systems;
  • Liaising with designers, researchers and engineering consultants;
  • Attending production meetings and forecasting production requirements;
  • Calculating production costs;
  • Deciding on the effective use of resources, e.g. raw materials, equipment and staff;
  • Producing maintenance schedules;
  • Testing that systems are working correctly;
  • Identifying, investigating and repairing system faults;
  • Supervising the work of manufacturing engineers, trainee engineers and support staff;
  • Overseeing the installation, repair and re-assembly of equipment;
  • Demonstrating new and existing equipment to systems engineers, support staff and production managers;
  • Discussing and evaluating systems failures with plant managers and non-technical personnel;
  • Investigating environmental hazards;
  • Reviewing results and meeting with managers to discuss methods of improving the productivity of existing systems;
  • Investigating ways in which the latest technology could improve the productivity rate of the manufacturing system;
  • Sourcing new suppliers of industrial equipment;
  • Testing, monitoring and evaluating new mechanical equipment;
  • Conducting safety tests and removing potential hazards;
  • Establishing and implementing a quality culture within the manufacturing environment;
  • Visiting other production sites;
  • Reading specialist journals and attending training courses and industry meetings in order to keep up to date with the latest technological developments and trends in engineering.