Manufacturing Systems Engineer

Manufacturing systems engineers design and install manufacturing equipment and production lines in factories and manufacturing plants.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Manufacturing Systems Engineer do?

Manufacturing systems engineers design and install manufacturing equipment and production lines in factories and manufacturing plants.


Work activities

As a manufacturing systems engineer, you would:

  • design plant equipment computer aided design/manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software
  • build software models to show equipment layouts
  • estimate costs for bids and tenders, covering equipment, time and labour
  • test systems and analyse data to work out the most cost-effective production methods
  • present plans to managers and clients for their approval
  • oversee the installation of new machinery
  • draw up maintenance schedules for equipment
  • investigate and fix production problems
  • draw up operational and training guidelines for new equipment
  • propose methods of improving the productivity of existing systems, using the latest technology
  • visit other production sites to research and observe other types of manufcturing equipment and production lines.

Key skills and interests

To become a manufacturing systems engineer, you would need:

  • strong maths, science and IT skills
  • the ability to create and interpret technical drawings
  • excellent problem-solving skills
  • an understanding of the manufacturing process
  • excellent communication and presentation skills
  • the ability to organise and plan effectively
  • leadership and management skills.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

In a full-time role, you would usually work a standard number of hours, Monday to Friday. In some factories or production environments, you might be required to work shifts or weekends.


You would usually work in an office in factories, production plants or industrial engineering facilities. You would spend a lot of your time on the factory floor.


How to become an Manufacturing Systems Engineer?

Entry Level Education

Manufacturing systems engineers are usually mechanical engineers. To become a mechanical engineer you usually have to complete a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, mathematics, chemistry and physics would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.

Mechanical engineering graduates may be eligible for membership of Engineers Australia.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of manufacturing systems engineers is projected to remain relatively stable.

Most industries rely on some form of mechanical systems and mechanical engineering is perhaps the most diverse of the engineering disciplines. As a result, the employment growth rate is related to the industries in which mechanical engineers are employed.

Job prospects for mechanical engineers in manufacturing will not be as great as in other industries, because of the decline in manufacturing generally in Australia over recent years.


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