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Working As An Engineering Coordinator

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • $81,986

    Average Salary

What Does An Engineering Coordinator 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 An Engineering Coordinator

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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Engineering Coordinator Career Paths

Engineering Coordinator
Engineering Technician Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager Chief Engineer
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Production Manager Engineering Manager
Engineering/Maintenance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Factory Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Area Manager Manufacturing Manager
Lean Manufacturing Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Operations Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Operations Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Design Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Process Improvement Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Technical Director Audio Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Business Analyst Quality Assurance Lead
Quality Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Process Engineer Research And Development Engineer
Research And Development Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Maintenance Technician Group Leader
Section Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Consultant
10 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Engineering Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Male

51.0%

Female

45.2%

Unknown

3.8%
Ethnicity

White

61.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Black or African American

10.3%

Asian

9.2%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.8%

Japanese

7.2%

French

6.0%

Italian

6.0%

Chinese

6.0%

Mandarin

4.8%

Hindi

3.6%

Carrier

2.4%

Portuguese

2.4%

German

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%

Vietnamese

1.2%

Marathi

1.2%

Gujarati

1.2%

Dutch

1.2%

Korean

1.2%

Lithuanian

1.2%

Bengali

1.2%

Russian

1.2%

Tagalog

1.2%
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Engineering Coordinator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.0%

Michigan State University

8.2%

Oakland University

5.4%

University of Alabama

4.8%

Arizona State University

4.8%

West Virginia University

4.8%

Lawrence Technological University

4.8%

University of Dayton

4.1%

American InterContinental University

4.1%

Purdue University

4.1%

University of Delaware

4.1%

Strayer University

4.1%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.1%

Ohio University -

3.4%

Appalachian State University

3.4%

Ferris State University

3.4%

Macomb Community College

3.4%

Ohio State University

3.4%

Pennsylvania State University

3.4%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

31.3%

Mechanical Engineering

10.0%

Electrical Engineering

6.1%

Management

5.5%

Industrial Technology

5.3%

Engineering

3.9%

Industrial Engineering

3.6%

Drafting And Design

3.1%

Communication

3.1%

Psychology

3.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.8%

Civil Engineering

2.8%

Marketing

2.8%

Project Management

2.7%

Accounting

2.7%

Computer Information Systems

2.5%

Chemical Engineering

2.3%

Computer Science

2.2%

Finance

2.2%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.5%

Other

22.8%

Masters

17.4%

Associate

11.6%

Certificate

5.1%

Doctorate

1.6%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.3%
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Real Engineering Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
International Engineering Coordinator Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. Kansas City, MO Nov 10, 2010 $165,804
Engineering Coordinator/Auditor Aviation Fueling Consulting Corp Miramar, FL May 15, 2015 $114,899
Global Engineering Coordinator Orscheln Products LLC Moberly, MO Jan 11, 2016 $112,000 -
$128,000
Construction Engineering Coordinator Rudolph and Sletten, Inc. Redwood City, CA Sep 20, 2013 $100,714
Construction Engineering Coordinator Rudolph and Sletten, Inc. Redwood City, CA Mar 09, 2013 $100,714
Engineering Coordinator Satyam Venture Engineering Services Troy, MI Aug 14, 2015 $100,610
Global Engineering Coordinator Orscheln Products LLC Moberly, MO Nov 01, 2013 $100,000 -
$120,000
Coordinator Analytical Engineering American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. Detroit, MI Dec 09, 2011 $95,000
Global Engineering Coordinator Orscheln Products L.L.C. Moberly, MO Nov 01, 2010 $95,000 -
$110,000
International Engineering Coordinator Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. Kansas City, MO Nov 10, 2010 $94,884
Hvac Controls Engineering Coordinator The K Company, Inc. Akron, OH Apr 15, 2016 $92,290
Research Computing and Engineering Coordinator University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN Aug 17, 2009 $87,000
Research Computing and Engineering Coordinator University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN Dec 01, 2009 $87,000
Outage Coordination Engineer Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator Carmel, IN Dec 11, 2009 $85,550
Coordinator Industrial Engineering American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. Three Rivers, MI Apr 11, 2013 $85,512
Engineering Coordinator Tang Energy Group, Ltd. Dallas, TX Sep 24, 2011 $84,000
Engineering Coordinator Mirapro Co., Ltd. Santa Clara, CA Mar 15, 2011 $81,360
Telecommunications Engineering Coordinator Zeebo Inc. San Diego, CA Oct 01, 2010 $80,000
Outage Coordination Engineer Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator Carmel, IN Dec 20, 2012 $67,954 -
$80,000
Electrical Engineering Coordinator Idaho Steel Products Company, Inc. Idaho Falls, ID Oct 01, 2011 $67,000
Outage Coordination Engineer Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator Carmel, IN Dec 20, 2009 $66,100
Engineer II Outage Coordination MN Midwest Independent System Operator, Inc. Eagan, MN Apr 11, 2016 $65,624 -
$80,000
Engineer II Outage Coordination Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. Eagan, MN Apr 11, 2016 $65,624 -
$80,000
Administrative Engineering Coordinator Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. McAllen, TX Aug 26, 2015 $65,562
Production Engineering Coordinator Newport Entertainment Ltd. Great Neck, NY Dec 01, 2009 $65,000

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  1. Engineering Department
  2. Procedures
  3. Engineering Drawings
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  • Developed a comprehensive Engineering Department Policy & Procedure Manual, Facility Fire Manual and Hazardous Materials Manual.
  • Develop departmental Processes and procedures, including current revision of customer engineered work instructions and new employee training material.
  • Printed and distributed full-sized engineering drawings for use in manufacturing and assembly.
  • Maintain and distributed purchase order packages to appropriate field personnel and authorized agents.
  • Maintained electronic database of documents and prepared requests for reproduction of documents, reports, and memorandums.

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