Manufacturing engineering is a discipline within engineering. It deals with various manufacturing practices, including the research, design and development of processes, tools, systems and equipment.
A manufacturing engineer will spend time developing and creating physical artifacts, production processes, and technology. The discipline is a broad and overarching area of engineering, which also includes the design and development of products.
While the discipline can span many areas of engineering, a manufacturing engineer’s primary focus is to turn raw materials into a new or updated product in the most economic, efficient, and effective way possible.
Manufacturing engineering is considered to be a subdiscipline of industrial and systems engineering with overlaps in mechanical engineering. Manufacturing engineers’ success directly impacts the advancement of technology and the spread of innovation. Because of this the field of manufacturing engineering emerged from tool and die discipline in the early 20th century and expanded greatly with industrialising countries.