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Entry-Level Machinery Manufacturing Jobs

The machinery manufacturing industry clocks in as the second highest employer of mechanical engineers, no doubt due to their technical skills and mechanical insights.

Overall, this industry is comprised of suppliers, OEMs and assembly plants that design and manufacture industrial and commercial machinery, including parts, sub assemblies and complete machines.

Engineering jobs in this industry centre on the manufacture or assembly of machinery components, usually involving two or more complementary skill sets to create parts or tools to build machinery:

  • Fabrication processes, such as forging, welding, stamping, bending, and water jet and laser cutting.

  • Machining processes, including CNC and multi-axis milling, and turning.

Engineers entering this industry at the entry-level will be expected to have a good grasp of both technical manufacturing skill sets and should be accustomed to designing parts and assemblies as well as fabricating them. Plastic fabrication and additive manufacturing techniques are also increasingly seeing use in this industry.

Entry-level engineers should also know how to perform stress testing and heat transfer analysis for jobs in this industry, said Tarek Zohdi. Simulation skills for performing this testing are also key.

“Most employers are looking for people with the ability to simulate problems. The product development time has shrunk so rapidly that to build every single prototype would be too expensive. If you have confidence in your simulation tools and skills, you can simulate a thousand designs in a day, as opposed to building a thousand designs which might take you a year. That’s very critical.”

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