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Engineering, Science and Production

Engineering, Science and Production has been a part of Pittsburgh for decades. As a leader in advanced manufacturing technologies, the region is well positioned for job growth.

Engineering, Science and Production

Engineering, Science and Production has been a part of Pittsburgh for decades. As a leader in advanced manufacturing technologies, the region is well positioned for job growth.

Pittsburgh is a national leader in advanced manufacturing technologies such as additive manufacturing, and while the region is well positioned to take advantage of the benefits, there are also important workforce implications in these trends. The manufacturing workforce of the future may have fewer jobs, but they will be highly skilled and highly paid. While manufacturing output in the region has risen to be close to pre-recession levels, the total number of people employed in engineering and production roles has not moved above 2010 levels. Engineering, Science, and Production occupations employ 118,000 workers, or roughly 10% of the total workforce. Because of their criticality to the manufacturing industry, they have deep importance to the local economy. Looking at projected occupational growth, these occupations will grow more slowly than average, but strong need and opportunities exist for the roles most closely linked to advanced manufacturing, such as machinists, industrial maintenance technicians, and mechanical engineers.

Many of the fastest growing roles in the engineering and production workforce are those which support advanced manufacturing, mechatronics, and the automation of traditional processes. Employers pointed to automation controls and increased robotics expertise as critical future skills for many positions within manufacturing.

Sarah Fetters Engineer, Peoples Natural Gas

Summary of Engineering, Science and Production Jobs in the Pittsburgh Region

2015 Employment
85,636
Median Salary
$46,551
Projected Growth Rate
-3.42%
Annual Openings 2015-2025
7,890
Percentage Requiring Bachelor's Degree
65.63%

Occupations

Explore jobs in high-demand in Engineering, Science and Production.

  • Team Assemblers

    7,430

  • FirstLine Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

    5,503

  • Machinists

    4,567

  • Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

    4,469

  • Civil Engineers

    3,847

  • Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

    3,691

  • HelpersProduction Workers

    3,466

  • Industrial Engineers

    3,112

  • Mechanical Engineers

    2,548

  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers

    2,294

  • Gas Plant Operators

    24.00%

  • Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic

    19.00%

  • Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders

    17.00%

  • ComputerControlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic

    16.00%

  • Materials Engineers

    13.00%

  • Engineers, All Other

    11.00%

  • Machinists

    11.00%

  • Mechanical Engineers

    10.00%

  • Petroleum Engineers

    9.00%

  • Civil Engineers

    9.00%

  • Petroleum Engineers

    $112,890

  • Engineers, All Other

    $94,610

  • Chemical Engineers

    $93,440

  • Computer Hardware Engineers

    $90,200

  • Nuclear Engineers

    $90,100

  • Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers

    $87,600

  • Electrical Engineers

    $85,980

  • Mechanical Engineers

    $84,190

  • Environmental Engineers

    $82,940

  • Industrial Engineers

    $81,880

Engineering, Science and Production Occupation Summary

Engineering, Science and Production Occupation Summary
Occupation Employment 2015 Median Salary Projected Growth Rate Projected Openings 2015-2025 % Requested BA
Architects, Except Landscape and Naval 807 $78,020 4.00% 47 99.00%
Landscape Architects 115 $53,880 4.00% 7 100.00%
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists 30 $45,870 0.00% 2 100.00%
Surveyors 287 $53,080 -1.00% 17 48.00%
Chemical Engineers 213 $93,440 2.00% 12 100.00%
Civil Engineers 3,847 $76,410 9.00% 246 98.00%
Computer Hardware Engineers 6 $90,200 -79.00% N/A 100.00%
Electrical Engineers 2,045 $85,980 2.00% 110 98.00%
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 1,065 $74,770 -3.00% 55 90.00%
Environmental Engineers 625 $82,940 7.00% 37 100.00%
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors 315 $67,750 8.00% 20 99.00%
Industrial Engineers 3,112 $81,880 2.00% 176 98.00%
Materials Engineers 363 $79,110 13.00% 23 99.00%
Mechanical Engineers 2,548 $84,190 10.00% 162 99.00%
Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers 123 $87,600 -13.00% 7 100.00%
Nuclear Engineers 293 $90,100 -2.00% 17 100.00%
Petroleum Engineers 228 $112,890 9.00% 16 100.00%
Engineers, All Other 407 $94,610 11.00% 26 91.00%
Architectural and Civil Drafters 1,261 $50,280 -15.00% 71 28.00%
Electrical and Electronics Drafters 534 $58,410 2.00% 31 2.00%
Mechanical Drafters 1,205 $48,750 0.00% 68 13.00%
Civil Engineering Technicians 586 $48,530 2.00% 36 45.00%
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians 1,268 $52,560 -9.00% 74 14.00%
ElectroMechanical Technicians 92 $46,170 2.00% 6 8.00%
Industrial Engineering Technicians 388 $49,360 4.00% 24 7.00%
Mechanical Engineering Technicians 363 $49,100 3.00% 22 22.00%
Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other 310 $47,990 -2.00% 18 17.00%
Surveying and Mapping Technicians 300 $39,030 -4.00% 16 17.00%
FirstLine Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 5,503 $58,620 0.00% 485 44.00%
Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers 10 N/A 0.00% 1 N/A
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers 2,294 $31,340 -3.00% 249 N/A
Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers 645 $35,430 2.00% 71 N/A
Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters 1,015 $36,940 2.00% 90 N/A
Team Assemblers 7,430 $29,020 -1.00% 790 N/A
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 541 $25,090 4.00% 60 N/A
Bakers 1,906 $22,230 2.00% 242 N/A
Butchers and Meat Cutters 961 $31,310 0.00% 108 N/A
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers 230 $24,020 0.00% 26 N/A
Slaughterers and Meat Packers 40 $22,290 1.00% 4 N/A
ComputerControlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic 1,499 $37,830 16.00% 162 N/A
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic 248 $46,590 19.00% 27 N/A
Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 713 $35,190 -15.00% 69 N/A
Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 294 $38,060 -23.00% 27 N/A
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 1,921 $36,020 -15.00% 192 N/A
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 400 $48,020 -20.00% 38 N/A
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 1,258 $35,860 -11.00% 141 N/A
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 235 $36,870 -13.00% 16 N/A
Machinists 4,567 $37,270 11.00% 482 N/A
MetalRefining Furnace Operators and Tenders 855 $42,600 -2.00% 80 N/A
Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 1,015 $30,320 -13.00% 104 N/A
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 814 $33,550 -1.00% 75 N/A
Tool and Die Makers 581 $44,250 -2.00% 56 N/A
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 3,691 $38,840 3.00% 368 N/A
Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 410 $39,630 -5.00% 38 N/A
Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 174 $38,250 0.00% 15 N/A
Prepress Technicians and Workers 276 $34,280 -39.00% 32 N/A
Printing Press Operators 1,229 $31,760 -19.00% 118 N/A
Print Binding and Finishing Workers 258 $33,420 -11.00% 27 N/A
Laundry and DryCleaning Workers 1,521 $22,080 1.00% 178 N/A
Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials 115 $19,220 -23.00% 13 N/A
Sewing Machine Operators 458 $25,500 -11.00% 50 N/A
Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers 30 $26,950 -1.00% 3 N/A
Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 15 $27,130 -53.00% 1 N/A
Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters 345 $34,790 2.00% 32 N/A
Furniture Finishers 90 $30,110 -34.00% 8 N/A
Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood 110 $26,300 -2.00% 12 N/A
Power Distributors and Dispatchers 50 $71,680 -1.00% 4 N/A
Power Plant Operators 566 $68,620 -7.00% 48 N/A
Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators 753 $46,600 1.00% 70 N/A
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators 1,222 $46,290 2.00% 101 N/A
Chemical Plant and System Operators 408 $56,020 -2.00% 37 N/A
Gas Plant Operators 245 $51,770 24.00% 28 N/A
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers 300 $59,090 3.00% 28 N/A
Plant and System Operators, All Other 30 $55,820 -1.00% 3 N/A
Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders 963 $43,050 -3.00% 92 N/A
Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 209 $44,320 3.00% 21 N/A
Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 200 $34,210 0.00% 20 N/A
Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 780 $35,490 -6.00% 79 N/A
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 329 $33,570 -10.00% 34 N/A
Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders 207 $36,470 -23.00% 21 N/A
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 4,469 $39,680 0.00% 446 33.00%
Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers 98 $47,170 -13.00% 11 N/A
Medical Appliance Technicians 461 $31,120 0.00% 54 N/A
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians 262 $30,350 3.00% 31 N/A
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 2,049 $37,140 6.00% 239 N/A
Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 751 $32,080 -6.00% 75 N/A
Painters, Transportation Equipment 218 $46,740 6.00% 23 N/A
Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers 120 $26,880 -3.00% 12 N/A
Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators 266 $23,520 -24.00% 36 N/A
Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders 69 $36,700 17.00% 8 N/A
Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 110 $26,630 0.00% 10 N/A
HelpersProduction Workers 3,466 $29,180 -4.00% 452 N/A
Production Workers, All Other 602 $22,600 8.00% 66 N/A
Totals / Averages 85,636 $46,551 -3.42% 7,890 65.63%
Pittsburgh’s legacy strength in manufacturing is a major regional asset. The maker movement and connected technology through the start-up community and university research and development means when we dream up ideas, we also have the local talent to manufacture and produce them.

Skills

Skill Demand for Engineering Workers

    • AutoCAD
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Computer Aided Drafting/Design (CAD)
    • Civil Engineering
    • Repair
    • Inspection
    • Manufacturing Processes
    • Technical Support
    • Engineer in Training

Skill Demand for Production and Maintenance Workers

    • Repair
    • Inspection
    • Hand Tools
    • Welding
    • Machining
    • HVAC
    • Power Tools
    • Machinery
    • Blueprints
    • Mathematics

Skill Demand for Engineering Workers

    • Communication Skills
    • Project Management
    • Writing
    • Organizational Skills
    • Planning
    • Microsoft Office
    • Microsoft Excel
    • Troubleshooting
    • Problem Solving
    • Quality Assurance and Control

Skill Demand for Production and Maintenance Workers

    • Communication Skills
    • Troubleshooting
    • Organizational Skills
    • Preventative Maintenance
    • Computer Skills
    • Writing
    • Problem Solving
    • Customer Service
    • Detail-Oriented
    • Microsoft Office

Hybrid Jobs: Blending Diverse Skill Sets Into A Single Role

Many jobs are merging discrete skill sets into single roles that are more complex than in the past. For example, rapid technology changes have increased the demand for technology skills in non-technology-focused jobs.

Upskilling: Employers Request Higher-Level Skills

The changing nature of jobs means that many occupations require new, more advanced skills. Drafting and technician roles are declining as software has made the process more efficient and a new generation of engineering workers is well versed in using design software directly. The positions that remain have become more sophisticated and are asking for greater levels of specialization and expertise, becoming more similar to engineers.

Unions do an excellent job of training, and the training is free, but certain fields are not attracting enough candidates. The need for highly skilled mechanics is large and will remain so going forward.

Opportunities

Explore top employers in the region, supply and demand information.

  • Westinghouse Electric Co.
  • U.S. Steel
  • Allegheny Technologies, Inc.
  • Bechtel Group
  • Covestro (formerly Bayer)
  • PPG Industries, Inc.
  • Alcoa, Inc.
  • Philips Respironics
  • AK Steel
  • Eaton Electrical
  • Kennametal
  • Mine Safety Appliances Co.
  • Elliott Group
  • Curtiss Wright
  • Polyconcept North America/Leeds
  • Matthews International
  • Tegrant Corp., Protexic Brands

Current Supply represents new graduates (IPEDS)
Future Demand represents average annual openings in the last 10 Years

Current SupplyFuture Demand
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Industry Demand
Professional and Business Services61.3
Manufacturing21.5
Government6.1
Construction3.1
Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities3.0
Other2.8
Mining and Logging2.3

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