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Manufacturing Engineer

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Education
Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

Related Experience
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, you may need to complete three - four years of college and work for several years in the career area 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.

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Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

€25k > 60
Manufacturing Engineer
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€25 - 60
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Sigmar / Brightwater / CPL / Hudson

Last Updated: February, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Has expertise in a wide range of manufacturing technologies and computer and management control systems.


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Gillian Morgan
Manufacturing Process Specialist
Gillian Morgan is a manufacturing process specialist. Her job involves working on projects that better facilitate production of commercial drugs.
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Darryl Day
IQ Engineer

Darryl is currently an IQ Engineer working in the construction of the new FAB 14 building. Darryl's love for school subjects like Maths and Physics helped him with everyday problem solving and analytical skills that are essential for his current engineering roles. After completing a Degree in Physics he undertook a Masters in DCU. He started as a manufacturing process engineer and thrives on the combination of teamwork and advanced technology that Intel provides.

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Oz Ilbrahmi
Manufacturing Specialist
Oz Ilbrahmi works as a CEO and Manufacturing Specialist. The inventing process and problem-solving are key things that Oz finds stimulating about his work.
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Lynsey Gargan
Manufacturing Engineer
After her Leaving Cert, Lynsey chose to do a Mechanical Engineering course in DIT. She had taken work experience in IBM during the summer months, and applied for a position there when one became available after she Graduated. She chose the Manufacturing Process option in Year 2 of the course and now works as a Manufacturing Process Engineer.
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Rebecca Tighe
Process Engineer

Rubecca graduated from TCD with a degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. She applied to Intel after leaving college through their online jobs applications system, and successfully secured a job as a Process Engineer. Now she works in the hi-tech clean rooms producing the computer chips used everyday across the globe.

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Peter LaComber
Consulting Engineer

Peter LaComber graduated from UCD as a Mechanical Engineer and is working as a Senior Consulting Engineer for Irish Cement. He has held a variety of roles over the last 11 years in the company and is now Plant Liaison Manager for the Kiln 3 construction project in Drogheda.

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The Work header image

Modern engineering systems are large and complex. They include telecommunications networks, defence systems, air traffic control systems, and manufacturing production plants. They are all made up of tightly or loosely connected building blocks.  
 
Systems engineers are responsible for the smooth running of the system as a whole. They may be involved at all stages of the system, including research and design, manufacturing, repairs, maintenance and marketing or they may be assigned to one particular area. Systems engineering isn't just about knowledge of different engineering disciplines - it is about making complex systems work by taking account of all the factors involved. These include specifications and targets, the evolution of systems over time, the processes and methods involved, and economic, safety and quality considerations.  
 
Systems engineers usually have an in-depth knowledge of one specialist area, although it is essential that they have a broad knowledge of many subjects, like electronics, mechanics, ergonomics and computer software. A typical engineering system involves many different types of engineer working together as a team; the systems engineer must be able to understand and support the work of all the different team members.  
 
Systems engineers need a broad knowledge because they often manage projects; this may involve leading teams made up of engineers from different backgrounds. Systems engineers have a wide-ranging involvement at all stages of the system's development. For example, they may do feasibility studies, train customer technicians, and provide support in case the system breaks down. They have to understand both the manufacturer and operators' point of view. Systems engineers may also work with sales and marketing departments.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Identify opportunities or implement changes to improve products or reduce costs using knowledge of fabrication processes, tooling and production equipment, assembly methods, quality control standards, or product design, materials and parts.

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Determine root causes of failures using statistical methods and recommend changes in designs, tolerances, or processing methods.

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Provide technical expertise or support related to manufacturing.

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Incorporate new methods and processes to improve existing operations.

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Supervise technicians, technologists, analysts, administrative staff, or other engineers.

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Troubleshoot new or existing product problems involving designs, materials, or processes.

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Review product designs for manufacturability or completeness.

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Train production personnel in new or existing methods.

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Communicate manufacturing capabilities, production schedules, or other information to facilitate production processes.

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Design, install, or troubleshoot manufacturing equipment.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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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.

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Scheduling Work and Activities: Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Analyzing Data or Information: Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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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.

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Production and Processing: Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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Design: Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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Mechanical: Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Mathematics: Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Systems Analysis: Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

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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.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Equipment Selection: Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Technology Design: Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

If you enjoy sorting out problems by taking an overview and looking at all the different factors, systems engineering could be worth thinking about as a career. You should also enjoy organising work and other activities into manageable chunks so that you get effective results. You should possess good analytical skills.  
 
As well as being methodical and creative, it's just as important to have good interpersonal skills. If you've got leadership potential it will come in very useful in systems engineering. You should also enjoy working as part of a team and have good computer skills


Entry Routesheader image

Manufacturing engineers have typically completed an appropriate engineering degree, generally at honours level. A masters qualification (M.Eng) may also be required.

Manufacturing engineers come from a wide variety of engineering backgrounds, including electrical and electronic, mechanical, chemical, telecommunications and aeronautical engineering.  
 
All of the Universities and Institutes of Technology throughout the country offer engineering degree programmes. Candidates should check course details for full information.

FE Route

Numeous Further Education courses are available at Level 5 & 6 that will prepare participants for entry to Higher Education degree programmes in this area e.g.

New Apprenticeship Route 2016

A new Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship has now received approval and apprenticeship training is set to commence recruitment in Autumn 2016. Details here.

Last Updated: October, 2015


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Go..Engineer, manufacturing and production - from: GradIreland
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Go..Manufacturing Systems Engineer - from: N.C.S. [UK]

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Organisation: Engineers Ireland
Address: 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge Dublin 4
Tel: (01) 665 1300
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