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Become A Development Engineer

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Working As A Development 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

  • $81,740

    Average Salary

What Does A Development Engineer Do

A Development Engineer is responsible for the development and validation of products, systems, and components. They are also responsible for quality control of work and continuous improvement of engineer activities.

How To Become A Development 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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Development Engineer Career Paths

Development Engineer
Program Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Operations Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Quality Engineer Quality Assurance Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Engineer Project Engineer Product Manager
Product Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Business Analyst Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Engineer Process Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Account Manager
Strategic Accounts Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Program Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Process Engineer Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Product Manager Director Of Product Development
Vice President Product Development
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Product Manager Product Management Director
Vice President-Products
13 Yearsyrs
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Development Engineer Demographics


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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Hindi

  • Korean

  • Russian

  • Carrier

  • Arabic

  • Cantonese

  • Dakota

  • Urdu

  • Swahili

  • Vietnamese

  • Marathi

  • Latvian

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Real Development Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Network Development Engineer Netflix Los Gatos, CA Dec 12, 2016 $280,000
Developer Relations Engineer Facebook, Inc. Seattle, WA Jan 09, 2016 $205,000
System Development Engineer II Twitch Interactive, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 27, 2016 $185,000
Director, Development Engineering Covidien Carlsbad, CA Apr 13, 2016 $175,000
Escalation Development Engineer Pure Storage, Inc. Mountain View, CA Feb 15, 2016 $170,000
Android Framework Development Engineer Pro Unlimited, Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 14, 2016 $166,400
Network Development Engineer III Twitch Interactive, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 22, 2015 $165,000
Umts Protocol Development Engineer Spidercloud Wireless, Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 15, 2015 $165,000
System Development Engineer II Amazon Corporate LLC East Palo Alto, CA Nov 21, 2016 $165,000
IT Developer/Engineer Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company Palo Alto, CA Sep 12, 2016 $164,382
Manager, Developer/Engineer Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company Palo Alto, CA Nov 05, 2016 $163,633 -
System Development Engineer II Amazon Corporate LLC East Palo Alto, CA Sep 05, 2016 $160,000
Principal Device Development Engineer Shire Human Genetic Therapies Inc. Lexington, MA Nov 18, 2015 $160,000
IT APP Development Engineer II Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Oct 15, 2015 $107,900
Firmware Development Engineer Avago Technologies San Jose, CA Aug 12, 2015 $107,869
Applications Development Engineer KLA-Tencor Corporation Milpitas, CA May 04, 2015 $107,839 -
IT Developer/Engineer Hewlett-Packard Company Houston, TX Jun 15, 2015 $107,625 -
Market Development Engineer IV Stmicroelectronics, Inc. Livonia, MI Dec 23, 2016 $107,625
IT Developer/Engineer Hewlett-Packard Company Palo Alto, CA Jul 17, 2015 $107,164 -
Staff Development Engineer Covidien LP North Haven, CT Dec 31, 2015 $106,919
Development Engineer Relius Medical Colorado Springs, CO Oct 19, 2016 $106,642
Thermal Development Engineer IBM Corporation Durham, NC Jan 02, 2015 $89,978
Applications Development Engineer KLA-Tencor Corporation Milpitas, CA Jun 20, 2015 $89,820
IT Developer/Engineer Hp Inc. CA May 15, 2016 $89,695 -
IT Developer/Engineer Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company Boise, ID May 15, 2016 $89,695 -
IT Developer/Engineer Hewlett-Packard Company Austin, TX Jul 26, 2015 $89,600 -
Development Engineer The Dow Chemical Company Midland, MI Jan 09, 2016 $89,482 -
Development Engineer-II Hitachi Global Storage Technologies San Jose, CA Mar 05, 2015 $89,455
IT Developer/Engineer Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company Houston, TX Oct 14, 2016 $89,347 -

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Top Skills for A Development Engineer


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Top Development Engineer Skills

  1. New Product Development
  2. Hardware
  3. Test Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Organized and managed new product development projects as well as modifications to existing product.
  • Collect and analyze data of service run hardware to prevent redesign efforts saving in engineering and implementation cost.
  • Developed specialized test procedures to characterize impact toughness in various applications.
  • Presented product test data measurements and analysis to executive management, program teams and suppliers.
  • Provided product and engineering support and advice to customers for onshore/offshore oil and gas projects from concept selection to detailed design.

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