The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Landing Top Manufacturing Process Engineer Jobs
Scoring a Great Manufacturing Process Engineer Job
Manufacturing Process Engineer jobs can vary widely, but all employers desire some key characteristics in the candidates they hire for these roles.
Manufacturing is an important sector in Ireland’s economy. It supports more than 400,000 employees, either directly or indirectly. Despite the crises it is facing – coronavirus and Brexit spring readily to mind – it’s a great sector to be in. As Ireland’s companies strategies to meet these challenges, we are witnessing steady growth in manufacturing process engineer jobs.
In this article, we share some of our top tips to help you land your next role in process engineering.
Craft a Great CV
The first step to landing the manufacturing process engineer job you want, is to create CV that will impress potential employers. It may have been a while since you updated your CV, and the manufacturing industry is constantly changing. The CV that helped you get your last job offer is likely to be outdated now.
Here are some quick tips to create a great CV:
- Format well: Use clear headings and sub-headings, bullet points where you can, and compose in easy-to-read fonts.
- Include relevant information: If you have been in the industry a while, you do not need to include your full work history. Include relevant qualifications and work experience. You don’t need to include your first job out of university that was 20 years ago.
- Proofread: It cannot be stressed enough how sloppy a spelling or grammar error looks on a CV. Showing you take care when composing a one- or two-page CV is a great way to demonstrate that you’ll be conscientious at work.
- Another key aspect is to tailor your CV for each job that you apply for. Look through the job description for keywords to include. The most common skills requested in job process engineering descriptions include:
- Process Engineer
- Process Development
- Continuous Improvement
- Mechanical Engineering
- Equipment Upgrades
- Yield Improvements & Cost Savings
- Automation, Robotics, Controls, PLC’s
- Project Management
- Risk Assessment
- Equipment and Process Validation
- Lean Manufacturing
- Manufacturing Engineering
- Manufacturing Experience
If you have skills mentioned in the job description, make certain to include them in your CV.
Improve Your Manufacturing Process Engineering Skills
Manufacturing Process Engineer jobs are highly technical. They require a good level of education and training, and an abundance of hard and soft skills. Developing the following specific skills will help you land the most sought-after jobs in the sector:
· Strategic Planning
A great manufacturing process engineer is a strategic thinker who is mindful of the bigger picture. If you can demonstrate that you can plan strategically for the future, and make changes to the process that have big impacts, you’ll be extremely attractive as a candidate.
· Project Management
Project management skills are also highly regarded in manufacturing process engineering roles. Demonstrate to employers that you have experience working with multiple teams, overseeing many components of a project effectively, prioritising tasks, and measuring results, as well as seeing projects through to a satisfactory completion.
· Interpersonal Skills
Communication is a skill that many engineers can lack. However, it is essential that you can communicate well to a range of audiences. You must be able to effectively communicate ideas to management and co-workers in a language they understand, and be approachable to your team so you can collaborate on solutions.
· Critical Thinking
Manufacturing process engineers need to approach problems by looking at them from every angle. Digging deep into their tasks to develop solutions and having a comprehensive understanding of what they find is a quality that employers will test at an interview.
· Learning Industry Tools
Learn what tools the hiring company uses, especially industry-specific technologies. Show that you are proficient in using them, and that you will require little to no extra training to do so. This is a big plus point for hiring managers.
Some examples of tools you can look to brush up on include:
- CAD, such as Autodesk or SolidWorks
- Statistical analysis software such as Minitab or Alteryx
- CNC software that will be specific to the type of machinery you use
- PLC Programming (Allen Bradley, Siemens, ABB, Rockwell)
To Sum Up
Landing the manufacturing process engineer job of your dreams won’t be easy, but it is certainly an achievable goal. By focusing on your skills, matching them to the skills the employer has highlighted, and demonstrating that you are a learner with a strategic view, you are more likely to impress hiring managers.
Now all you need to do is locate the job you desire most. For the help you need, contact HERO.
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