Manufacturing Engineering


Manufacturing engineering is one of the fastest growing fields in engineering. Recent data from the federal government's Bureau of Labor Statistics rank Manufacturing/Industrial Engineering as one of the greatest engineering specialties in demand during the period of 2008 to 2018.

The MANE department currently offers a concentration in Systems Engineering for students that want to achieve this credential. Job opportunities are significant with qualifications in Systems Engineering. For example, the Vice President of Northrop Grumman Ship Systems responsible for Systems Engineering said, “I can’t seem to keep enough Systems Engineers in my organization. Every time I get a good one, someone hires him/her away for an extra $10,0000 per year.” At the Lockheed Martin – Michoud Facility there were six openings for systems engineers after hurricane Katrina, and two years later they still had six openings. Stated differently, there are not enough good Systems Engineers nationwide. And, this leads to significant employment demand.

There is other evidence that job opportunities are significant with qualifications in Systems Engineering. The first Systems Engineering Concentration to graduate at UTPA had his resume in a stack of 50-100 resumes’. An employer pulled his resume’ from the stack, interviewed him, and offered him a job because his resume said “Systems Engineering.” The second Systems Engineering Concentration at UTPA was summoned by a federal agency to an interview at HESTEC 2010, interviewed, and offered a job because of the Systems Engineering Concentration in addition to other qualifications and experience. There is a known and nationwide shortage of Systems Engineering qualified professionals, and an MS degree with a Systems Engineering Concentration can prepare the student for one of these “in high demand” jobs. Recent data (October 5, 2010, US Department of Labor) shows starting salaries for Industrial Engineering:

  • BS Degree $55,067
  • MS Degree $64,759
  • PhD Degree $77,364

So, you should conclude that the greater the level of engineering education, the greater the expected salary.

What career options are open to Manufacturing Engineering graduates?

Manufacturing engineers are needed in every industry that produces any product. Industries that have hired our graduates includes computers, electronics, automotive, aerospace, chemical and plastics. Most manufacturing engineering jobs are located in major cities where there are heavy concentrations of industries. There is a special need for manufacturing engineers in the Rio Grande Valley and Latin American countries.

What about working while studying engineering and finding work after graduation?

The College of Science and Engineering employs a full-time placement specialist who works with students to find permanent employment upon graduation, as will as internship and cooperative education opportunities while still in school. A very high percentage of UT Pan American students hold at least one summer engineering internship with a major corporation before graduation. These jobs provide valuable experience, as well as earnings that help to cover school expenses. In addition to outside employment options, the faculty generally have a number of research and development programs that employ students as laboratory assistants or engineering interns.