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Working As An Advisory Engineer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • $107,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Advisory Engineer Do

Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes. They devise efficient systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.

Duties

Industrial engineers typically do the following:

  • Review production schedules, engineering specifications, process flows, and other information to understand methods that are applied and activities that take place in manufacturing and services
  • Figure out how to manufacture parts or products, or deliver services, with maximum efficiency
  • Develop management control systems to make financial planning and cost analysis more efficient
  • Enact quality control procedures to resolve production problems or minimize costs
  • Design control systems to coordinate activities and production planning in order to ensure that products meet quality standards
  • Confer with clients about product specifications, vendors about purchases, management personnel about manufacturing capabilities, and staff about the status of projects

Industrial engineers apply their skills to many different situations, from manufacturing to healthcare systems to business administration. For example, they design systems for

  • moving heavy parts within manufacturing plants
  • delivering goods from a company to customers, including finding the most profitable places to locate manufacturing or processing plants
  • evaluating job performance
  • paying workers

Industrial engineers focus on how to get the work done most efficiently, balancing many factors, such as time, number of workers needed, available technology, actions workers need to take, achieving the end product with no errors, workers’ safety, environmental concerns, and cost.

To find ways to reduce waste and improve performance, industrial engineers study product requirements carefully. Then they use mathematical methods and models to design manufacturing and information systems to meet those requirements most efficiently.

Their versatility allows industrial engineers to engage in activities that are useful to a variety of businesses, governments, and nonprofits. For example, industrial engineers engage in supply chain management to help businesses minimize inventory costs, conduct quality assurance activities to help businesses keep their customer bases satisfied, and work in the growing field of project management as industries across the economy seek to control costs and maximize efficiencies.

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How To Become An Advisory Engineer

Industrial engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value experience, so cooperative education engineering programs at universities are also valuable.

Education

Industrial engineers need a bachelor’s degree, typically in industrial engineering. However, many industrial engineers have degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering technology, or general engineering. Students interested in studying industrial engineering should take high school courses in mathematics, such as algebra, trigonometry, and calculus; computer science; and sciences such as chemistry and physics.

Bachelor’s degree programs include lectures in classrooms and practice in laboratories. Courses include statistics, production systems planning, and manufacturing systems design, among others. Many colleges and universities offer cooperative education programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education.

A few colleges and universities offer 5-year degree programs in industrial engineering that lead to a bachelor’s and master’s degree upon completion, and several more offer similar programs in mechanical engineering. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as a professor at a college or university or to engage in research and development. Some 5-year or even 6-year cooperative education plans combine classroom study with practical work, permitting students to gain experience and to finance part of their education.

Programs in industrial engineering are accredited by ABET.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Industrial engineers use creativity and ingenuity to design new production processes in many kinds of settings in order to reduce the use of material resources, time, or labor while accomplishing the same goal.

Critical-thinking skills. Industrial engineers create new systems to solve problems related to waste and inefficiency. Solving these problems requires logic and reasoning to identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to the problems.

Listening skills. These engineers often operate in teams, but they also must solicit feedback from customers, vendors, and production staff. They must listen to customers and clients in order to fully grasp ideas and problems the first time.

Math skills. Industrial engineers use the principles of calculus, trigonometry, and other advanced topics in mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Problem-solving skills. In designing facilities for manufacturing and processes for providing services, these engineers deal with several issues at once, from workers’ safety to quality assurance.

Speaking skills. Industrial engineers sometimes have to explain their instructions to production staff or technicians before they can make written instructions available. Being able to explain concepts clearly and quickly is crucial to preventing costly mistakes and loss of time.

Writing skills. Industrial engineers must prepare documentation for other engineers or scientists, or for future reference. The documentation must be coherent and explain their thinking clearly so that the others can understand the information.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as an industrial engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education in order to keep their licenses. Most states recognize licenses from other states, as long as the other state’s licensing requirements meet or exceed their own licensing requirements.

Advancement

Beginning industrial engineers usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers. In large companies, new engineers also may receive formal training in classes or seminars. As beginning engineers gain knowledge and experience, they move on to more difficult projects with greater independence to develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions.

Eventually, industrial engineers may advance to become technical specialists, such as quality engineers or facility planners. In that role, they supervise a team of engineers and technicians. Obtaining a master’s degree facilitates such specialization and thus advancement.

Many industrial engineers move into management positions because the work they do is closely related to the work of managers. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

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Advisory Engineer Career Paths

Advisory Engineer
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Project Manager Quality Manager
Senior Quality Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Project Manager Quality Manager
Supplier Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Project Engineering Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Software Engineer Senior Quality Assurance Engineer
Quality Assurance Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Project Analyst Project Engineering Manager
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Systems Engineer Lead Systems Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Lead Engineer Lead Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Member, Technical Staff Radio Frequency Engineer Senior Test Engineer
Test Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Member, Technical Staff Senior Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Member, Technical Staff Radio Frequency Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Senior Engineering Team Leader
8 Yearsyrs
Consulting Engineer Test Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Consulting Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Consulting Engineer Test Engineer Senior Engineering Technician
Engineering Laboratory Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Staff Engineer Lead Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Staff Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Manufacturing Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Staff Engineer Project Engineering Manager Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Advisory Engineer 7.0 years
Principal Engineer 4.9 years
Principle Engineer 4.5 years
Staff Engineer 4.2 years
Component Engineer 4.0 years
Process Engineer 3.4 years
Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Team Lead Engineer 3.3 years
Advanced Engineer 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Advisory Engineer
Engineer 5.7%
Internship 4.6%
Consultant 3.9%
Top Careers After Advisory Engineer
Consultant 7.4%
Manager 3.7%
Director 3.3%
Principal 3.3%
Engineer 3.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$107,000
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$78,000
Min 10%
$107,000
Median 50%
$107,000
Median 50%
$107,000
Median 50%
$107,000
Median 50%
$107,000
Median 50%
$107,000
Median 50%
$107,000
Median 50%
$146,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Dell
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
6.9 years
How much does an Advisory Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Advisory Engineer in the United States is $107,385 per year or $52 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $78,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $146,000.

Real Advisory Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Advisory Engineer IBM Corporation Hopewell Junction, NY Jun 17, 2014 $129,000
Advisory Engineer IBM Corporation Hopewell Junction, NY Aug 16, 2015 $129,000
Advisory Engineer/Scientist-Development IBM Corporation Hopewell Junction, NY Sep 04, 2013 $125,000
Architect Advisory Engineer Harte-Hanks Data Technologies, Inc. Billerica, MA Feb 20, 2013 $120,000 -
$160,000
Advisory Engineer IBM Corporation Hopewell Junction, NY Jun 10, 2014 $118,436
Advisory Science Engineer IBM Corporation Foster City, CA Dec 13, 2014 $117,229 -
$165,076
Advisory Engineer Headway Technologies, Inc. Milpitas, CA Jul 25, 2014 $115,856
Advisory Engineer IBM Corporation Hopewell Junction, NY Jul 16, 2015 $112,661
Advisory Engineer IBM Corporation Hopewell Junction, NY Jun 10, 2014 $112,661
Advisory Engineer IBM Corporation Hopewell Junction, NY Jun 23, 2014 $112,661
Advisory Engineer IBM Corporation Hopewell Junction, NY Jun 19, 2014 $112,661
Advisory Engineer IBM Corporation Hopewell Junction, NY Jun 10, 2014 $103,020
Advisory Engineer IBM Corporation Hopewell Junction, NY Aug 15, 2015 $102,005
Advisory Engineer IBM Corporation Hopewell Junction, NY Aug 10, 2014 $102,000
Advisory Engineer IBM Corporation Hopewell Junction, NY Sep 08, 2015 $102,000
Advisory Engineer IBM Corporation Hopewell Junction, NY May 12, 2014 $102,000
Advisory Engineer IBM Corporation Albany, NY Oct 01, 2014 $100,485 -
$131,118
Advisory Engineer IBM Corporation Albany, NY Jan 10, 2014 $100,485 -
$131,118
Advisory Engineer IBM Corporation Hopewell Junction, NY Sep 15, 2015 $100,298 -
$144,715
Advisory Engineer/Scientist Globalfoundries U.S., Inc. Malta, NY Jul 12, 2015 $94,370 -
$147,000
Advisory Engineer/Development Scientist IBM Corporation San Jose, CA Jun 01, 2015 $94,162 -
$103,000
Advisory Engineer IBM Corporation Yorktown Heights, NY Mar 19, 2015 $93,605 -
$146,782
Advisory Engineer IBM Corporation Hopewell Junction, NY Oct 01, 2015 $93,538 -
$146,275
Advisory Engineer IBM Corporation Albany, NY Jun 21, 2013 $93,000 -
$116,664
Advisory Engineer IBM Corporation Albany, NY Jun 14, 2013 $93,000 -
$116,664
Advisory Engineer IBM Corporation Albany, NY Jul 02, 2013 $93,000 -
$116,664
Advisory Engineer/Scientist In Development IBM Corporation Albany, NY Jan 14, 2016 $92,123 -
$104,800

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Top Skills for An Advisory Engineer

  1. SEM
  2. Device Drivers
  3. Process Control
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  • Developed extensive 3D graphic simulation model of entire semiconductor fabricator to validated capacity and capability of automation systems.
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  • Delivered nuclear power plants basics training sessions in Saudi Arabia for nuclear power generation stakeholders including local suppliers.
  • Create and execute module experiments, order failure analysis, present data to larger group, and offer solutions.
  • Created C++ monitor and stimulus to verify the correct cache coherence protocol behavior of various fetches between remote clusters

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Top 10 Best States for Advisory Engineers

  1. Washington
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Colorado
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Wyoming
  6. Arizona
  7. Texas
  8. New Hampshire
  9. Idaho
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Advisory Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

80.7%

Unknown

12.2%

Female

7.1%
Ethnicity

White

54.9%

Asian

21.8%

Hispanic or Latino

10.4%

Black or African American

8.8%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Chinese

17.6%

Spanish

17.6%

German

11.8%

Korean

11.8%

Italian

11.8%

Ukrainian

5.9%

French

5.9%

Mandarin

5.9%

Gothic

5.9%

Russian

5.9%
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Advisory Engineer Education

Schools

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

10.1%

Syracuse University

8.3%

University of Vermont

6.4%

San Jose State University

6.4%

Polytechnic Institute of New York University

5.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.5%

George Washington University

5.5%

Stanford University

4.6%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.6%

Purdue University

4.6%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4.6%

University of Illinois University Administration

4.6%

University of Idaho

3.7%

University of California - Berkeley

3.7%

Pennsylvania State University

3.7%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.7%

University of Phoenix

3.7%

Idaho State University

3.7%

Columbia University

3.7%

Case Western Reserve University

3.7%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

29.7%

Mechanical Engineering

12.1%

Business

9.8%

Computer Science

9.5%

Computer Engineering

6.5%

Chemistry

4.6%

Physics

4.2%

Chemical Engineering

3.3%

Materials Science And Engineering

2.9%

Materials Sciences

2.6%

Project Management

2.6%

Nuclear Engineering

2.3%

Computer Information Systems

1.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.3%

Mathematics

1.3%

Finance

1.3%

Information Systems

1.3%

Industrial Engineering

1.3%

Systems Engineering

1.0%

Management

1.0%
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Degrees

Masters

36.7%

Bachelors

30.6%

Doctorate

23.3%

Other

6.2%

Associate

2.4%

Certificate

0.5%

Diploma

0.3%
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