Manufacturing systems engineer

Engineering
Produce

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What's it like?

You would design and install new equipment and assembly lines in factories and manufacturing plants.

You’d try to make the production process as efficient as possible so the factory can make goods on time and at the right cost and quality.

You’d work with production managers to get the most out of existing systems and to develop new systems. You might also be involved in the building of new manufacturing plants.

You would help to manage each phase of a project, overseeing the work of technicians and other professionals.

You would:

  • Work out the costs for equipment, time and labour
  • Build 3D models with computer aided design/manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software
  • Test systems and analyse data to find the most cost-effective production methods
  • Present plans to managers and clients for their approval
  • Install new equipment and machinery
  • Investigate and fix production problems
  • Write operation and training guidelines

You’d need to understand manufacturing processes and follow health and safety regulations.

Working conditions

Hours

You might work standard office hours Monday to Friday, or you could work shifts and or be involved in an on-call rota, depending on the project.

Environment

Your working environment would depend upon your industry. You could be working on the factory floor one day and working in an office or laboratory the next.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Communicating with people
  • Taking the lead
  • Presenting to people
  • Using computers
  • Finding solutions to problems
  • Solving mathematical problems
  • Planning and organising
  • Time management

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.

Foundation Apprenticeships

Choosing a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of your subjects in S5 and S6 can help you get a head start with this type of job.

You'll get an SCQF level 6 qualification (the same level as a Higher) plus valuable work placement experience and skills you can't learn in a classroom.

Interested? Find out what's on offer at your school on Apprenticeships.scot.

Qualifications

You would need a degree (SCQF level 9/10) in:

  • Mechanical electronic systems engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Electrical or electronics engineering

Some employers may also require a relevant postgraduate qualification (SCQF 11).  

Entry to a degree (SCQF level 9/10) usually requires National 5 qualifications and a minimum of four Highers at AAAB or above, or a relevant HNC/HND. 

You can enter a relevant Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7) with National 4/5 qualifications and one Higher or relevant NC qualification.

To enter a postgraduate course (SCQF level 11) you will usually require an honours degree in a relevant subject.

Useful subjects

  • Maths (required by many courses and employers)
  • Science subjects, in particular physics (required by many courses and employers)
  • English
  • Technologies subjects such as engineering science

Helpful to have

Qualifications that show understanding and experience of the industry such as Skills for Work Engineering Skills (SCFQ level 4).

Employers value work experience so finding courses with work placements or an internship, or working for a year in industry can be especially useful.  

Once in a job it could benefit your career if you worked towards incorporated or chartered status with a relevant industry body and apply to the Engineering Council.