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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

  • $79,256

    Average Salary

What Does A Development 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 Development 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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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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Average Length of Employment
Staff Engineer 4.3 years
Product Engineer 3.5 years
Lead Engineer 3.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 7.2%
Engineer 7.1%
Developer 3.0%
Top Employers After
Engineer 6.3%
Consultant 5.0%
Manager 3.3%

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Development Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

79.5%

Female

15.1%

Unknown

5.4%
Ethnicity

White

67.0%

Asian

19.0%

Hispanic or Latino

9.4%

Unknown

3.5%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.8%

French

11.7%

German

11.2%

Chinese

7.8%

Japanese

7.8%

Mandarin

5.9%

Italian

3.9%

Korean

2.9%

Russian

2.9%

Carrier

2.9%

Portuguese

2.9%

Hindi

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%

Dakota

1.5%

Cantonese

1.5%

Marathi

1.0%

Urdu

1.0%

Swahili

0.5%

Vietnamese

0.5%

Dutch

0.5%
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Development Engineer Education

Schools

Purdue University

8.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

7.9%

Michigan State University

6.7%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

6.5%

Pennsylvania State University

6.1%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.8%

Arizona State University

5.6%

Ohio State University

4.7%

Wayne State University

4.5%

Northeastern University

4.5%

North Carolina State University

4.1%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.1%

University of Phoenix

4.1%

University of Southern California

4.1%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.0%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.8%

University of Florida

3.8%

Michigan Technological University

3.6%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

3.6%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3.6%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

23.8%

Electrical Engineering

18.2%

Business

10.6%

Computer Science

6.9%

Chemical Engineering

6.0%

Computer Engineering

5.1%

Engineering

4.0%

Biomedical Engineering

3.2%

Physics

2.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.2%

Management

2.1%

Materials Science And Engineering

2.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Computer Information Systems

1.8%

Project Management

1.7%

Industrial Technology

1.6%

Civil Engineering

1.6%

Finance

1.3%

Industrial Engineering

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.0%

Masters

36.2%

Other

10.3%

Doctorate

6.3%

Associate

3.0%

Certificate

2.3%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.2%
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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
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
Umts Protocol Development Engineer Spidercloud Wireless, Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 15, 2015 $165,000
Network Development Engineer III Twitch Interactive, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 22, 2015 $165,000
Application Development Engineer Vistronix, Inc. Reston, VA Jun 15, 2016 $160,000
Network Development Engineer Megaport USA, LLC San Francisco, CA Apr 20, 2016 $160,000
Application Development Engineer Vistronix, LLC Reston, VA Jul 08, 2016 $160,000
Principal Device Development Engineer Shire Human Genetic Therapies Inc. Lexington, MA Nov 18, 2015 $160,000
Network Development Engineer Netflix Inc. Los Gatos, CA Sep 05, 2016 $157,477
Network Development Engineer III Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Feb 08, 2016 $152,000
Developer, Platform Engineering EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA May 17, 2016 $151,296
Photolithography Development Engineer Headway Technologies, Inc. Milpitas, CA Sep 16, 2015 $104,832
Powertrain Development Engineer FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Apr 03, 2016 $104,520
Powertrain Development Engineer FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Mar 04, 2016 $104,520
Solutions Development Engineer Oversight Systems Atlanta, GA Jan 14, 2016 $104,500
Industrial Engineer-Development Engineer BP America Inc. Anchorage, AK Sep 01, 2015 $104,400
Vision Development Engineer Federal-Mogul Powertrain, Inc. Plymouth, MI Aug 03, 2015 $104,320
Web Development Engineer I Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA May 13, 2015 $104,250 -
$125,200
Function Development Engineer Philips Oral Healthcare, Inc. Bothell, WA Feb 08, 2016 $104,006 -
$124,500
Engineer-Development First Solar, Inc. Perrysburg, OH Mar 28, 2016 $87,547 -
$109,600
Development Engineer First Solar, Inc. Perrysburg, OH Jun 09, 2016 $87,547 -
$119,500
Development Engineer Diamond Innovations Worthington, OH Aug 28, 2015 $87,500
Automated Defect Classification Development ENG Im Flash Technologies, LLC Lehi, UT Nov 09, 2016 $87,123
Simulation Development Engineer Aurrion, Inc. Santa Barbara, CA Feb 10, 2015 $87,000 -
$110,000
Engineer III, Imager Development Karl Storz Endovision, Inc. Charlton, MA Aug 09, 2016 $87,000
Coatings Development Engineer TRU Vue, Inc. McCook, IL Oct 01, 2015 $86,985
Coatings Development Engineer TRU Vue, Inc. Faribault, MN Nov 04, 2016 $86,985

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Top Skills for A Development Engineer

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  1. New Product Development
  2. Test Procedures
  3. Hardware
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.
  • Developed specialized test procedures to characterize impact toughness in various applications.
  • Collect and analyze data of service run hardware to prevent redesign efforts saving in engineering and implementation cost.
  • Provided product and engineering support and advice to customers for onshore/offshore oil and gas projects from concept selection to detailed design.
  • Interfaced and collaborated with cross-functional teams including engineering, manufacturing, finance and marketing, as well as international suppliers.

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