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Working As A Co-Operations 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

  • $68,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Co-Operations 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 Co-Operations 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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Co-Operations Engineer Career Paths

Co-Operations Engineer
Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Design Engineer Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Design Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Quality Assurance Engineer
Quality Assurance Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Plant Engineer
Plant Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Production Manager Manufacturing Manager
Senior Manufacturing Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Industrial Engineer Production Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Project Manager Quality Manager
Director Of Quality & Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Factory Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Project Manager-Manufacturing
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Manufacturing Supervisor Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Manufacturing Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Senior Product Engineer Product Engineering Manager
New Product Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Production Supervisor Production Superintendent
Launch Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Product Development Engineer Senior Product Engineer Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Engineer, Methods 3.6 years
Process Engineer 3.4 years
Material Engineer 3.3 years
Junior Engineer 2.1 years
Student Engineer 1.6 years
Graduate Engineer 1.2 years
Top Careers Before Co-Operations Engineer
Internship 18.1%
Cashier 2.9%
Volunteer 2.8%
Researcher 2.7%
Tutor 2.7%
Server 2.5%
Assistant 2.5%
President 2.4%
Top Careers After Co-Operations Engineer
Engineer 7.7%
Internship 4.0%

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Co-Operations Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

75.5%

Female

16.5%

Unknown

8.1%
Ethnicity

White

60.0%

Asian

13.9%

Black or African American

11.0%

Hispanic or Latino

10.8%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.3%

German

10.1%

French

8.5%

Chinese

7.9%

Mandarin

5.4%

Portuguese

4.4%

Japanese

4.1%

Hindi

3.5%

Korean

2.8%

Arabic

2.8%

Russian

2.5%

Italian

2.2%

Greek

1.3%

Carrier

1.3%

Cantonese

0.9%

Urdu

0.9%

Polish

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.6%

Hmong

0.6%

Indonesian

0.6%
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Co-Operations Engineer Education

Schools

University of Cincinnati

8.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

8.2%

University of Toledo

6.3%

University of Akron

6.2%

Kettering University

6.2%

Drexel University

6.1%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.0%

Northeastern University

5.8%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.8%

University of Louisville

4.4%

Auburn University

4.4%

Purdue University

4.4%

Mississippi State University

4.3%

University of Alabama

4.2%

University of Dayton

4.1%

Clemson University

3.8%

Tennessee Technological University

3.6%

Ohio State University

3.0%

Stevens Institute of Technology

3.0%

Texas A&M University

2.8%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

38.7%

Electrical Engineering

11.4%

Chemical Engineering

11.3%

Civil Engineering

5.0%

Business

4.3%

Industrial Engineering

4.1%

Computer Engineering

3.6%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.3%

Biomedical Engineering

3.2%

Engineering

3.0%

Aerospace Engineering

2.3%

Computer Science

2.2%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.0%

Industrial Technology

1.1%

Materials Science And Engineering

1.0%

Engineering Technology

0.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

0.7%

Manufacturing Engineering

0.7%

Management

0.7%

Finance

0.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

66.6%

Masters

21.9%

Other

6.2%

Doctorate

2.8%

Associate

1.6%

Certificate

0.8%

Diploma

0.1%

License

0.0%
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Top Skills for A Co-Operations Engineer

  1. CAD
  2. Co-Op Engineer
  3. Engineering Department
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Utilized SolidWorks and ArtiosCAD software programs to develop packaging designs and specifications to meet customer and manufacturing requirements.
  • Worked as a Co-Op Engineer during College completing project ranging from software development to Petro-Chemical plant projects and maintenance.
  • Assumed responsibilities in four different engineering departments over three years including product development, manufacturing, and materials engineering.
  • Collected relevant documentation from construction contractor database to satisfy commissioning test cases.
  • Communicate with machinist about ongoing tooling rework for quality improvement projects.using SolidWorks Models and dimensional data.

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