To work as a manufacturing engineering technologist, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent;
- have at least an associate degree in manufacturing engineering technology or a related field; and
- have related work experience.
Education after high school
Manufacturing engineering technologists usually need a bachelor's degree in manufacturing engineering technology. More universities are developing engineering programs specifically in this field, but it may still be possible to get a degree in mechanical or industrial engineering and work in this occupation. Engineering programs take four to five years to complete.
Some schools offer associate degree programs in manufacturing engineering technology. Those with a two-year degree are able to work in this field if they have significant related work experience. However, the trend is for employers to seek applicants with bachelor's degrees.
Consider participating in an internship with an engineering firm while you are in college. An internship offers you a chance to apply what you have learned in the classroom to a work situation. It also allows you to build skills and make contacts with people in the field.
It is common for newly hired manufacturing engineering technologists to receive some on-the-job training. This varies by employer, and can last anywhere from a month to a year.