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Working As An Equipment 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

  • $74,813

    Average Salary

What Does An Equipment 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 An Equipment 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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Equipment Engineer Career Paths

Equipment Engineer
Electrical Engineer Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Operations Manager Operations Director
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Engineer Project Manager Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Account Executive Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Operations Director
Senior Director, Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Engineer Maintenance Supervisor Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Systems Engineer Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Program Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Engineering Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Engineer 4.3 years
Plant Engineer 4.1 years
Equipment Engineer 4.0 years
Process Engineer 3.5 years
Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Quality Engineer 3.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 5.1%
Technician 3.7%
Internship 3.2%
Top Employers After
Engineer 7.5%
Manager 3.1%
Consultant 2.5%

Equipment Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

87.6%

Female

9.3%

Unknown

3.1%
Ethnicity

White

68.9%

Asian

14.5%

Hispanic or Latino

12.5%

Unknown

3.4%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

24.4%

Chinese

13.4%

Mandarin

9.8%

French

9.8%

Russian

6.1%

Italian

4.9%

Cantonese

4.9%

Carrier

3.7%

German

3.7%

Arabic

3.7%

Korean

2.4%

Portuguese

2.4%

Japanese

2.4%

Turkish

1.2%

Romanian

1.2%

Gujarati

1.2%

Hindi

1.2%

Cree

1.2%

Ukrainian

1.2%

Cayuga

1.2%
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Equipment Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.8%

Arizona State University

6.5%

Purdue University

6.5%

Portland State University

5.7%

Northeastern University

5.7%

Saint Louis University-

5.3%

San Jose State University

5.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.3%

Texas A&M University

5.3%

Villanova University

4.9%

University of Texas at Austin

4.9%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.1%

Oklahoma State University

4.1%

Clemson University

4.1%

More Tech Institute

3.7%

Pennsylvania State University

3.7%

Drexel University

3.3%

Ohio State University

2.8%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

2.8%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

29.1%

Electrical Engineering

25.1%

Business

10.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.4%

Engineering

3.7%

Chemical Engineering

3.2%

Management

3.0%

Industrial Technology

2.7%

Project Management

2.6%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.4%

Computer Science

1.9%

Computer Engineering

1.5%

Physics

1.5%

Industrial Engineering

1.4%

Computer Networking

1.3%

Automotive Technology

1.2%

Finance

1.1%

Engineering Technology

1.0%

Computer Information Systems

1.0%

Engineering And Industrial Management

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.6%

Masters

21.7%

Other

15.5%

Associate

10.1%

Certificate

3.5%

Doctorate

1.8%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.1%
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Real Equipment Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Principal Rotating Equipment Engineer Cheniere Energy, Inc. Cameron, LA Aug 26, 2016 $277,000
Subsea Equipment Engineer NES Global, LLC Houston, TX Apr 08, 2016 $230,000
Subsea Equipment Engineer NES Global, LLC Houston, TX Feb 05, 2016 $230,000
Principal Rotating Equipment Engineer Cheniere Energy, Inc. Cameron, LA Mar 18, 2016 $200,000
Pmts Equipment Engineer Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Jul 27, 2015 $162,400 -
$202,000
Manager, Cell Manufacturing Equipment Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 01, 2015 $155,000 -
$175,000
SR. Fired Equipment Engineer Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 19, 2016 $133,320
North America Engineer Static Equipment DYNO Nobel, Inc. Waggaman, LA Sep 09, 2016 $130,000
Manufacturing Equipment Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 24, 2015 $130,000 -
$140,000
Rotating Equipment Engineer Bechtel Oil, Gas &Amp; Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 01, 2016 $126,381 -
$133,332
SR. Fired Equipment Engineer Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 15, 2015 $124,030 -
$129,144
Manufacturing Equipment Engineer Tesla Motorsinc Fremont, CA Jun 11, 2015 $120,000
Equipment Engineer Gorham Export Packing LLC Houston, TX Sep 17, 2016 $120,000
Staff Manufacturing Equipment Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Aug 31, 2016 $117,000 -
$127,000
Principal Engineer, Equipment Engineering Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Mar 22, 2016 $94,890 -
$121,000
Building Equipment Engineer Oklahoma Investment Group LLC Mg Oklahoma City, OK Dec 21, 2015 $94,500
Mechanical Equipment Engineer Cymer LLC San Diego, CA Aug 03, 2016 $93,787 -
$117,600
Principal Engineer, Equipment Engineering Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Apr 20, 2015 $91,416 -
$121,000
Test Equipment Engineer MSZ Design, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 09, 2016 $91,411
Lettered Equipment Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Manassas, VA Aug 29, 2016 $90,418
Lettered Equipment Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Manassas, VA Nov 03, 2016 $90,418
Principal Engineer Equipment Engineering Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Sep 14, 2016 $82,243 -
$121,000
Principal Engineer Equipment Engineering Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Aug 17, 2015 $82,243 -
$121,000
Principal Engineer Equipment Engineering Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Sep 10, 2015 $81,640 -
$121,000
Senior Engineer, Equipment Engineering Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Sep 17, 2016 $81,058 -
$98,000
Senior Engineer, Equipment Engineering Globalfoundries U.S., Inc. Malta, NY Dec 07, 2016 $81,058 -
$93,000
RDA Equipment Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Manassas, VA Nov 19, 2015 $80,802
Senior Engineer Equipment Engineering Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Aug 05, 2015 $79,810 -
$97,000

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Top Skills for An Equipment Engineer

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Top Equipment Engineer Skills

  1. Maintenance Procedures
  2. Safety
  3. Semiconductor
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed and standardized maintenance procedures, for quicker technician training.
  • Lead troubleshooting investigations and support safety/compliance investigations, including root cause analysis, corrective action determination, and preventative action planning.
  • Performed all aspects of technical work on semiconductor manufacturing equipment such as preventive maintenance, components assembling and testing activities.
  • Provide technical support to the Preventive Maintenance team in vibration analysis and condition monitoring of machinery.
  • Project manager for wafer fab layout, reconfiguration, and consolidation.

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