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Working As A Business Process 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

  • $85,744

    Average Salary

What Does A Business Process 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 A Business Process 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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Business Process Engineer Career Paths

Business Process Engineer
Consultant/Project Manager Managing Director Supply Chain Manager
Business Process Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Program Manager Operations Director
Director Global Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Consultant/Project Manager Technical Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Business Development Manager Supply Chain Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Operations
12 Yearsyrs
Consultant Quality Assurance Lead Quality Manager
Factory Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Global Supply Chain Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Area Manager Manufacturing Manager
Lean Manufacturing Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Business Development Manager Supply Chain Manager
Process Improvement Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Systems Architect Principal Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Technical Director Audio Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Training Manager Quality Assurance Manager
Supplier Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Program Director Operations Director
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Process Engineer 3.4 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Process Analyst 2.6 years
Top Employers Before
Manager 6.4%
Consultant 5.6%
Internship 3.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 9.3%
Manager 2.5%

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Business Process Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

65.6%

Female

32.6%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

59.9%

Black or African American

12.8%

Asian

11.8%

Hispanic or Latino

11.1%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.3%

German

17.6%

French

17.6%

Chinese

5.9%

Russian

5.9%

Hindi

5.9%

Dutch

5.9%

Mandarin

5.9%
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Business Process Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.5%

Villanova University

6.5%

Webster University

6.5%

Mississippi State University

6.5%

Southern Technical College

4.8%

University of Louisville

4.8%

Strayer University

4.8%

University of Houston

4.8%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.8%

Capella University

4.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.8%

Purdue University

4.8%

Northwestern University

4.8%

Saint Louis Community College

3.2%

University of Maryland - University College

3.2%

Arizona State University

3.2%

Southwestern College

3.2%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.2%

Temple University

3.2%

Pacific Lutheran University

3.2%
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Majors

Business

33.2%

Industrial Engineering

10.6%

Computer Science

8.7%

Finance

4.8%

Mechanical Engineering

4.8%

Electrical Engineering

3.8%

Management

3.8%

Project Management

3.8%

Psychology

3.4%

Engineering

2.9%

Information Technology

2.4%

Communication

2.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Management Information Systems

1.9%

English

1.9%

Computer Engineering

1.9%

Political Science

1.9%

Chemical Engineering

1.9%

Computer Information Systems

1.9%

Accounting

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.1%

Masters

32.1%

Other

14.9%

Certificate

4.0%

Associate

3.3%

Doctorate

2.6%

Diploma

1.0%
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Real Business Process Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Procurement Business Process Re-Engineering Projec Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 21, 2014 $132,000 -
$152,000
SR Business Process Engineer Robert Ferrilli LLC El Segundo, CA Dec 20, 2012 $104,350
Business Process Engineer Monsanto Company Saint Louis, MO Sep 30, 2013 $100,000
Business Process Engineer Komatsu America Corp. Rolling Meadows, IL Sep 26, 2014 $99,900
Geospatial Business Process Engineer Monsanto Company Saint Louis, MO Feb 09, 2016 $98,946
Senior Business Process Engineer Robert Ferrilli LLC Marina del Rey, CA Oct 01, 2011 $97,427 -
$100,000
.NET Business Process Engineer Routh Crabtree Olsen PS Bellevue, WA Nov 05, 2011 $96,720 -
$107,000
Business Process Engineer Radian Guaranty, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Jun 24, 2015 $96,390
Senior Business Process Engineer Neocortex Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 15, 2013 $95,000
Senior Business Process Engineer Neocortex, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 15, 2014 $95,000
Business Process Engineer Komatsu America Corp. Rolling Meadows, IL Sep 26, 2014 $92,914
Business Process Engineer Komatsu America Corp. Rolling Meadows, IL May 02, 2016 $92,914 -
$100,000
Business Process Engineer National Committee for Quality Assurance Washington, DC Nov 15, 2010 $92,000
R&D Business Process Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 03, 2015 $90,000 -
$105,000
Business Process Engineer BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. Natick, MA Feb 01, 2010 $90,000
Business Process Engineer BJ's Wholessale Club, Inc. Natick, MA Feb 01, 2010 $90,000
Business Process Engineer Radian Guaranty, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Jun 24, 2012 $89,414
Lead Business Process Engineer Highmark Health Services Pittsburgh, PA Oct 11, 2014 $88,500 -
$92,500
Business Process Engineering Spec. Siemens Energy, Inc. Charlotte, NC Mar 07, 2013 $87,776 -
$97,357
Engineer-SAP Business Process and Workflow Consu Optima Consulting, LLC Scottsdale, AZ Sep 26, 2013 $85,000
Business Process Management Software Engineer Softheon, Inc. Stony Brook, NY Oct 01, 2015 $82,000
Senior Business Process Engineer Highmark, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Sep 20, 2016 $81,336
Seniior Business Process Engineer Neocortex Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 15, 2012 $79,102
Business Process Management Software Engineer Softheon Stony Brook, NY Feb 12, 2015 $78,000
Business Process Engineer Radian Guaranty Inc. Philadelphia, PA Jun 27, 2016 $77,147
Senior Business Process Engineer Highmark, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Apr 08, 2016 $75,000 -
$80,000
Business Process Engineer (Technical Analyst II) Global Tech, Inc. Arlington, VA Jul 22, 2013 $75,000
Business Process ENG Spec 3 Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc. Malvern, PA Sep 30, 2015 $74,066

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  1. Business Process Improvements
  2. Procedures
  3. Sigma
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  • Develop initiatives for continuous business process improvements through Rapid Improvement Events.
  • Worked remotely with users and off-site customers to improve defect tracking procedures and simplify data cycling, tracking and archiving documentation.
  • Utilized Six Sigma Methodology reducing overall quality control variation by 31% and parts usage ratio by 22%.
  • Brief senior executives on the status of all project deliverables.
  • Applied agile project management methodology to existing projects to help meet and exceed development expectations for multiple development teams.

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