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Working As A Graduate 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

  • $67,853

    Average Salary

What Does A Graduate 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 Graduate 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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Graduate Engineer Career Paths

Graduate Engineer
Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Application Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Structures Engineer Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Application Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Quality Manager
Factory Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Production Manager Manufacturing Manager
Lean Manufacturing Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Operations Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Engineer Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Plant Engineer
Plant Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Process Improvement Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Reliability Engineer Production Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Technical Manager Quality Manager
Supplier Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Engineering Manager Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Engineer 4.3 years
Process Engineer 3.4 years
Project Engineer 3.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Planning Engineer 3.2 years
Junior Engineer 2.1 years
Student Engineer 1.6 years
Graduate Engineer 1.0 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 36.0%
Trainee 8.1%
Engineer 2.6%
Top Employers After
Engineer 8.1%
Internship 5.5%
Consultant 2.9%

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Graduate Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

76.5%

Female

21.6%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

Asian

46.6%

White

31.0%

Hispanic or Latino

9.5%

Black or African American

7.2%

Unknown

5.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Hindi

21.8%

Spanish

20.0%

German

10.9%

French

7.3%

Japanese

5.5%

Tamil

5.5%

Telugu

3.6%

Malayalam

3.6%

Carrier

3.6%

Arabic

3.6%

Kashmiri

1.8%

Norwegian

1.8%

Marathi

1.8%

Gujarati

1.8%

Russian

1.8%

Urdu

1.8%

Korean

1.8%

Bengali

1.8%
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Graduate Engineer Education

Schools

Texas A&M University

10.6%

Lamar University

10.3%

University of Texas at Arlington

8.0%

State University of New York Buffalo

6.4%

University of Florida

5.1%

Arizona State University

5.1%

Michigan Technological University

4.8%

Wayne State University

4.8%

More Tech Institute

4.8%

Missouri University of Science and Technology

4.5%

University of Houston

4.5%

Oklahoma State University

4.5%

Case Western Reserve University

3.9%

Purdue University

3.9%

San Jose State University

3.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.2%

University of Southern California

3.2%

University of Cincinnati

3.2%

University of Illinois at Chicago

2.9%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

2.9%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

25.5%

Electrical Engineering

14.4%

Civil Engineering

12.7%

Industrial Engineering

8.5%

Chemical Engineering

6.5%

Business

4.8%

Engineering And Industrial Management

4.1%

Computer Engineering

4.0%

Engineering

3.5%

Computer Science

3.5%

Finance

1.9%

Management

1.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Materials Science And Engineering

1.3%

Marketing

1.1%

Supply Chain Management

1.1%

Information Technology

1.1%

Systems Engineering

1.0%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

0.8%

Manufacturing Engineering

0.8%
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Degrees

Masters

63.5%

Bachelors

26.2%

Doctorate

4.9%

Other

3.5%

Diploma

1.1%

Certificate

0.7%
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Real Graduate Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Air Quality Graduate Engineer AARC Environmental, Inc. Houston, TX Apr 16, 2015 $109,387
Graduate Engineer Imagination Technologies LLC Santa Clara, CA Aug 17, 2015 $93,800
Graduate Engineer Structuneering, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2015 $93,692
Graduate Engineer Imagination Technologies LLC Beaverton, OR Aug 23, 2016 $93,500
Graduate Engineer Imagination Technologies LLC Beaverton, OR Aug 25, 2016 $92,000
Air Quality Graduate Engineer AARC Environmental, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 15, 2016 $91,000
Graduate Engineer Arm, Inc. Chandler, AZ Aug 31, 2016 $84,460
Air Quality Graduate Engineer AARC Environmental, Inc. Houston, TX May 01, 2016 $83,221
Graduate Engineer HAKS Engineers, Architects and Land Surveyors, P.C. New York, NY Jul 16, 2015 $81,393
Graduate Engineer Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 02, 2015 $80,000
Graduate Engineer Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 25, 2015 $80,000
Graduate Engineer Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 16, 2015 $80,000
Graduate Engineer-Geotechnical Kennecott Utah Copper, LLC UT Sep 01, 2015 $66,331 -
$78,800
Graduate Engineer Walter P. Moore & Associates, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 15, 2015 $66,300
Graduate Layout Engineer Dialog Semiconductor Santa Clara, CA Aug 31, 2016 $65,800 -
$78,521
Graduate Engineer-Diagnostics Group Walter P. Moore & Associates, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 15, 2015 $65,502
Graduate Engineer Structuneering Inc. Houston, TX Sep 05, 2015 $65,000
Graduate Engineer C&M Associates, Inc. Dallas, TX Sep 05, 2015 $65,000
Graduate Engineer C&M Associates, Inc. Orlando, FL Sep 22, 2015 $65,000
Graduate Engineer HAKS New York, NY Apr 09, 2015 $61,526
Graduate Plumbing Engineer ARUP North America Ltd. San Francisco, CA Aug 31, 2015 $61,500
Graduate Engineer Walter P. Moore and Associates, Inc. Tampa, FL Aug 18, 2015 $61,500
Graduate Engineer Walter P. Moore & Associates, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 15, 2015 $61,500
Graduate Engineer II Kit Professionals, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 16, 2015 $61,360
Graduate Engineer Azteca Enterprises, Inc. Dallas, TX Aug 10, 2015 $60,715
Graduate Engineer Walter P. Moore and Associates, Inc. Dallas, TX Sep 05, 2015 $60,715
Graduate Facades Engineer ARUP North America Ltd. San Francisco, CA Jul 28, 2015 $60,000

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  1. Technical Drawings
  2. Production Planning
  3. Safety
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  • Drafted technical drawings for use by manufacturers including design specifications and tolerances.
  • Performed production planning, order promising and shop coordination activities.
  • Contributed to safety, risk management and optimization of various equipment and process operations.
  • Developed site layouts and grading plans using AutoCAD software * Calculated material quantity requirements and cost estimates for projects
  • Improved inventory control by 70% and waste management by 40% by using Lean manufacturing techniques.

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