Manufacturing Engineering Technologists


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Manufacturing Engineering Technologists

Manufacturing Engineering Technologists - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, manufacturing engineering technologists:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of social interaction with others.
  • Communicate with people daily by telephone, e-mail, and in person.
  • Write letters and memos on a weekly basis.
  • Work as part of a project team.
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  • Are responsible for the health and safety of other workers.
  • Are somewhat responsible for work outcomes and the work done by others.
  • Are occasionally placed in conflict situations.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Often wear protective or safety gear.
  • Almost always work indoors. Manufacturing settings may not be temperature-controlled.
  • Are regularly exposed to loud sounds and distracting noise levels.
  • Are sometimes exposed to contaminants and hazardous equipment.
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  • Sometimes work within a few feet of other workers.

Work Performance

  • Must be very exact and accurate to ensure that production runs go smoothly and efficiently. Errors cost the company time and ultimately money.
  • Sometimes consult a supervisor before making a decision or setting tasks and goals.
  • Meet strict weekly deadlines. This makes the work atmosphere somewhat competitive.
  • Make decisions that strongly impact coworkers and their company on a weekly basis.
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  • May repeat the same mental and physical activities.

Hours/Travel

  • Typically work a standard work week. Often work overtime to meet quotas and production deadlines.
  • Shift work may be common.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.