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Engineering and Technology Careers in Manufacturing

Engineers and technicians design and build things. They are critical in all kinds of manufacturing, especially at the earliest stages when products and processes are being created and refined. These jobs require technical skills and knowledge, attention to detail, and creativity.

Working as an engineer in manufacturing, you gain all the professional advantages of working in an increasingly high-tech industry plus practical on-the-job experience. You also have the personal satisfaction of contributing to a key sector of the economy.

An engineering career in manufacturing could be for you if you like:

  • Building things from scratch
  • Analyzing and evaluating various sources of information to identify where problems are likely to occur
  • Translating practical problems into mechanical expressions and techniques
  • Being self-directed and quick to learn new technologies

Explore the engineering and technology careers below. Click on the job title to learn more. You can also explore businesses in this cluster.

Job Title Median
Hourly
Wage
Typical Education Required Alternative Job Titles
Biomedical Engineers
$50.76 Bachelor's degree Biomedical Electronics Technician, Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET), Biomedical Technician  
Chemical Engineers
$41.16 Bachelor's degree Development Engineer, Engineering Scientist, Process Control Engineer  
Mechanical Engineers
$37.13 Bachelor's degree Equipment Engineer, Product Engineer  
Materials Engineers
$41.68 Bachelor's degree Manufacturing Engineer, Materials Research Engineer, Metallurgist  
Electrical Engineers
$40.76 Bachelor's degree Broadcast Engineer, Electrical Design Engineer, Product Engineer  
Architectural and Engineering Managers
$57.91 Bachelor's degree Chief Engineer, Director of Engineering, Project Engineer  
Computer Hardware Engineers
$48.01 Bachelor's degree Application Developer, Systems Engineer, Software Engineer  
Industrial Engineers
$38.63 Bachelor's degree Manufacturing Specialist, Operations Engineer, Process Engineer  
Manufacturing Engineering Technologists $27.55 Associate's degree Manufacturing Specialist, Manufacturing Technologist, Tool Planner  
Chemists $45.45 Bachelor's degree Analytical Chemist, Environmental Chemist, Research Chemist  
Technical Writers
$29.38 Bachelor's degree Documentation Specialist, Information Developer, Technical Communicator  
Electronics Engineers $38.40 Bachelor's degree Broadcast Engineer, Electrical Design Engineer, Product Engineer  
Health and Safety Engineers
$42.30 Bachelor's degree Chief Security and Safety Officer (CSO), Environmental Safety Specialist, Safety and Health Consultant  
Mechanical Drafters $26.82 Associate's degree CADD Operator (Computer-Aided Design and Drafting Operator), Designer, Architect  
Environmental Engineering Technicians
$24.32 Associate's degree Engineering Technician, Environmental Engineering Assistant, Environmental Specialist, Industrial Waste Inspector, Industrial Waste Technician  
Manufacturing Production Technicians $27.55 Associate's degree Advanced Manufacturing Technician, Production Technician, Production Technician, Semiconductor Processing Equipment, Research and Development Machinist  
Chemical Technicians $22.78 Associate's degree Chemical Technician, Laboratory Technician, Biological Technician  
Computer and Information Systems Managers
$56.14 Bachelor's degree Data Processing Manager, Information Systems Director (IS Director), Information Technology Director (IT Director)  
Applications Software Developers
$44.17 Bachelor's degree Application Developer, Systems Engineer, Software Engineer  
Electrical and Electronics Drafters
$25.92 Associate's degree CADD Operator (Computer-Aided Design and Drafting Operator), Designer, Architect  
Computer Systems Analysts
$37.64 Bachelor's degree Computer Systems Consultant, Programmer Analyst, Systems Engineer  
Environmental Engineers
$38.09 Bachelor's degree Environmental Analyst, Hazardous Substances Engineer, Sanitary Engineer  
Medical Scientists
$27.30 Doctoral or professional degree Clinical Pharmacologist, Laboratory Director, Epidemiologist  

This shows that demand is higher than other occupations in Minnesota over the last six months. It indicates current, not future, demand.

Source: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development