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Become A Commercial Engineer

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Working As A Commercial 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

  • $70,875

    Average Salary

What Does A Commercial Engineer Do At Textron

* Evaluate advanced rotorcraft designs to determine their impact on the air vehicle following industry, military and Bell Helicopter best practices.
* Lead and document mass properties analyses as part of aircraft development and trade study activities.
* Work with design engineers to capture mass properties data and maintain the mass properties database.
* Provide regular updates to design and program management regarding weight and cg status.
* Support major project updates and initial development activities

What Does A Commercial Engineer Do At Oracle

* Lead and execute with a cloud first mind set helping customers realize benefits of an Oracle cloud based architecture
* Lead all consultative selling enabling services including domain architects, sales consulting, Business Analyst, etc.
* Exercise creativity, independent judgment and business acumen in selecting methods and techniques to design non-routine and very complex business solutions utilizing Oracle products and technology to meet customer needs.
* Interact with all roles at customer including CIO, CTO, IT Architects, technical staff and Business representatives
* Articulate case for change
* Lead detailed discovery analysis
* Conduct repeatable strategy, architecture, roadmap and planning workshops
* Provide assessment of current state architecture and recommendation of future state architecture
* Provide detailed sizing and associated justification
* Identify and evangelize key business and technology benefits of adoption
* Provide roadmap and migration methodology and identify quick wins
* Advise on organizational impact of solutions
* Remain fully aware of relevant architectural programs and assets from Oracle worldwide

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How To Become A Commercial Engineer

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


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.


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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Commercial Engineer Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Carrier


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Real Commercial Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director, Light Duty Diesel & Commercial Engines FEV North America, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Oct 01, 2014 $135,000
Staff Product Commercialization Engineer/Software Qualcomm Technologies Inc. Santa Clara, CA Feb 20, 2015 $131,619 -
Intersect Workflow Commercialization Engineer Chevron Corporation Houston, TX Jun 23, 2011 $109,700
Commercialization Engineer (Software Engineer) Digital Intelligence Systems (Disys) Sugar Land, TX Sep 17, 2012 $108,867 -
Commercialization Engineer Schlumberger Technology Corporation Houston, TX Sep 12, 2014 $96,491 -
Commercialization Engineer Schlumberger Technology Corporation Houston, TX May 01, 2013 $92,040
Commercial Engineering Leader General Electric Company Minnetonka, MN Sep 21, 2016 $90,000
Senior Commercial Engineer Rockwell Automation, Inc. Milwaukee, WI Mar 19, 2015 $87,693 -
IAM Commercialization Engineer Schlumberger Technology Corporation Houston, TX Oct 01, 2010 $85,000
Commercialization Engineer Schlumberger Technology Corporation Sugar Land, TX Mar 15, 2013 $83,200
Commercialization Engineer Schlumberger Technology Corporation Houston, TX Oct 10, 2011 $78,936 -
Commercialization Engineer Schlumberger Technology Corporation Houston, TX Apr 09, 2013 $76,800
Commercial Engineer Rockwell Automation, Inc. Milwaukee, WI May 07, 2015 $76,120
SR. Commercial Engineer GST Autoleather Southfield, MI Aug 24, 2016 $73,000 -
Commercial Engineer Rockwell Automation, Inc. Milwaukee, WI May 07, 2012 $71,750
Commercial Engineer Rockwell Automation, Inc. Milwaukee, WI Jan 09, 2016 $70,000
Engineer, Commercial Telephony Bresnan Broadband Holdings, LLC Billings, MT Jul 30, 2012 $68,073
Light Commercial Engineer Goodman Manufacturing Company, L.P. Houston, TX Aug 22, 2015 $67,746
Merak Commercialization Engineer Schlumberger Technology Corporation Houston, TX Jan 24, 2011 $63,211 -
Commercialization Engineer Schlumberger Technology Corporation Houston, TX Oct 25, 2010 $63,211 -

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Top Skills for A Commercial Engineer


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Top Commercial Engineer Skills

  1. Product Line
  2. Technical Support
  3. Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Delivered to and worked with corporate staff, CEO, and board of directors to initiate product line.
  • Provided rapid response to production issues while providing technical support for legacy products used in aircraft communication, navigation and identification.
  • Managed commercial engineering lab resources, equipment and safety procedures.
  • Provided technical recommendations and project management in accordance with system life cycle and change management methodology.
  • Designed and managed its official website from the sidelines.

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