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Factory Layout Engineer

Overview: Factory layout engineers analyze factory floor space available and decide upon the best configuration of production equipment in the plant. They study the sequence of production operations, the size of equipment & machinery needed to arrive at ideal arrangements for equipment and people.
Duties: They use mathematical models and computers to determine the configuration of production equipment on a factory floor based on workflow.

Analyze for each machine the space needed for raw materials, the human operator and the end products produced.

They recommend modifications in machinery design to reduce space required on a factory floor.

They conduct pilot experiments with new layouts using simulations in order to measure productivity.

Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
Job Outlook: Employment of factory layout engineers is expected to grow faster than the average through 2018.The increased focus on reducing costs and raising productivity will lead to new jobs even in declining manufacturing industries.
Salary Range (National Average): $46,000 to $52,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: Employers of factory layout engineers typically hire applicants who have a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. Courses in manufacturing and production processes, occupational safety and computer- aided design are essential. A knowledge of human factors engineering for designing operator workstations is also important.
Advancement Info: Beginning engineering graduates usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers and, in large companies, also may receive formal classroom or seminar-type training. As new engineers gain knowledge and experience, they are assigned more difficult projects with greater independence to develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions. Engineers may advance to become technical specialists or to supervise a staff or team of engineers and technicians. Some may eventually become engineering managers or enter other managerial or sales jobs.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.