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Working As A Failure Analysis 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

  • $88,994

    Average Salary

What Does A Failure Analysis 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 Failure Analysis 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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Failure Analysis Engineer Career Paths

Failure Analysis Engineer
Manufacturing Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality/Reliability Engineer Quality Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Development Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Reliability Engineer Maintenance Manager Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Project Engineer Project Engineering Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Senior Process Engineer Lean SIX Sigma Black Belt
Manager Of Operations Excellence
12 Yearsyrs
Engineer Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Senior Product Engineer Product Engineering Manager
New Product Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Mechanical Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Member, Technical Staff Technical Director Audio Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Process Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Systems Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality/Reliability Engineer Reliability Engineer Senior Engineer
Section Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Reliability Engineer Systems Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Engineer Quality Assurance Manager Quality Manager
Senior Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Engineer Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Supplier Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Quality Manager Director Of Quality
Vice-President Of Quality
15 Yearsyrs
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Failure Analysis Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

76.1%

Female

17.8%

Unknown

6.2%
Ethnicity

White

45.5%

Asian

25.6%

Hispanic or Latino

16.9%

Black or African American

6.9%

Unknown

5.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.8%

French

10.5%

Mandarin

10.5%

Portuguese

5.3%

Chinese

5.3%

Vietnamese

5.3%

Tagalog

5.3%

Polish

5.3%

Thai

5.3%

Arabic

5.3%

Italian

5.3%
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Failure Analysis Engineer Education

Schools

San Jose State University

15.8%

University of Texas at Austin

8.4%

Arizona State University

6.3%

Santa Clara University

6.3%

University of Texas at El Paso

5.3%

University of Phoenix

5.3%

Colorado State University

5.3%

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

4.2%

Boston University

4.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.2%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.2%

University of Oregon

4.2%

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

4.2%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.2%

Rice University

3.2%

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

3.2%

University of Washington

3.2%

Mission College

3.2%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.2%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.2%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

42.6%

Mechanical Engineering

8.5%

Materials Science And Engineering

8.5%

Business

5.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.8%

Physics

4.2%

Chemistry

3.9%

Engineering

3.3%

Chemical Engineering

3.0%

Computer Engineering

2.7%

Computer Science

2.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.8%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.8%

Biology

1.5%

Computer Information Systems

1.2%

Industrial Engineering

1.2%

Management

0.9%

Metallurgical Engineering

0.9%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

0.9%

Materials Sciences

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.1%

Masters

29.6%

Other

11.7%

Doctorate

7.8%

Associate

7.5%

Certificate

0.8%

Diploma

0.5%
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Real Failure Analysis Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Staff Failure Analysis Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Mar 26, 2016 $135,988
Staff Failure Analysis Engineer Skyworks Solutions, Inc. Parksdale, CA Oct 01, 2016 $116,917
Staff Failure Analysis Engineer Skyworks Solutions, Inc. Parksdale, CA Jan 10, 2016 $116,917
Failure Analysis Engineer Lumileds Lighting LLC San Jose, CA Aug 30, 2016 $113,000
Senior Failure Analysis Engineer Western Digital Technologies, Inc. Milpitas, CA Sep 09, 2016 $110,000
Failure Analysis Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Apr 27, 2016 $110,000 -
$119,785
SR. Failure Analysis Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Aug 24, 2016 $110,000
Failure Analysis & Test Engineer Avogy, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 19, 2015 $110,000 -
$120,000
Failure Analysis Engineer Linear Technology Corporation Milpitas, CA Oct 24, 2016 $109,000
Failure Analysis Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Nov 28, 2016 $106,981 -
$128,109
Failure Analysis Engineer Nanolab Technologies, Inc. Milpitas, CA Feb 02, 2015 $106,517
IC Failure Analysis Engineer Cirrus Logic, Inc. Austin, TX Apr 22, 2016 $105,915
IC Failure Analysis Engineer Cirrus Logic, Inc. Austin, TX Aug 04, 2015 $95,618
Failure Analysis Engineer Intel Corporation Hillsboro, OR Sep 06, 2015 $95,326 -
$129,500
Failure Analysis Engineer Intel Corporation Hillsboro, OR Mar 31, 2015 $95,326 -
$129,500
Failure Analysis Engineer Intel Corporation Hillsboro, OR Jul 07, 2015 $95,326 -
$129,500
Senior Failure Analysis Engineer Lumileds Lighting LLC San Jose, CA Jan 09, 2016 $95,014
Failure Analysis Engineer Microsemi Soc Corp. San Jose, CA Oct 09, 2016 $95,000
Failure Analysis Engineer Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC Phoenix, AZ Aug 09, 2016 $95,000
Failure Analysis Engineer Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc. South Portland, ME Apr 08, 2016 $94,971
Failure Analysis Engineer 3 Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. South Portland, ME Jul 26, 2016 $84,048
Failure Analysis Engineer Intel Corporation Hillsboro, OR Jan 13, 2016 $83,886 -
$145,300
Failure Analysis Engineer Microsemi Soc Corp. San Jose, CA Sep 01, 2015 $83,432
Failure Analysis Engineer Power Integrations, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 11, 2015 $82,500 -
$90,000
Failure Analysis & Reliability Engineer International Rectifier Corporation Temecula, CA Mar 24, 2016 $82,300
Failure Analysis Engineer Intel Corporation Hillsboro, OR Jul 21, 2015 $82,181 -
$142,900
Failure Analysis Engineer-Principal M/A-Com Technology Solutions, Inc. Ithaca, NY Jun 09, 2016 $82,000
Senior Failure Analysis Engineer Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc. South Portland, ME Mar 11, 2016 $82,000

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  1. Failure Analysis
  2. Product Quality
  3. Reliability
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  • Team member of the advanced development capabilities team investigating new failure analysis techniques.
  • Evaluated product quality against defined specifications and validated test methods.
  • Collaborated with Design, Manufacturing, and/or Reliability teams to identify corrective actions.
  • Provided feedback to process engineering and initiated corrective action to improve designs, testing and reduce fabrication defects.
  • Analyzed failures using test equipment, optical microscopes, scanning electron microscopes, focused ion beam, and reverse processing equipment.

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