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Working As A Liaison 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

  • $86,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Liaison 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 Liaison 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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Liaison Engineer Career Paths

Liaison Engineer
Project Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Quality Assurance Engineer
Quality Assurance Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Corporate Quality Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Engineer Design Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Process Engineer Plant Engineer
Plant Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Project Manager Quality Manager
Supplier Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Engineering Manager Manufacturing Manager
Senior Manufacturing Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Test Engineer
Test Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Structures Engineer Project Manager Quality Manager
Quality Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Structures Engineer Project Engineering Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Structures Engineer Mechanical Engineer Production Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Quality Engineer Manager, Quality Engineer
Director Of Quality & Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Project Manager-Manufacturing
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Lead Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Quality Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Manufacturing Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Manager Research And Development Manager
New Product Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Production Supervisor Production Superintendent
Launch Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Manufacturing Manager Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Liaison Engineer 4.0 years
Product Engineer 3.5 years
Packaging Engineer 3.4 years
Process Engineer 3.4 years
Engineer 3.3 years
Value Engineer 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Liaison Engineer
Engineer 7.3%
Liaison 3.7%
Designer 3.5%
Top Careers After Liaison Engineer
Engineer 8.5%
Consultant 4.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$86,000
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$61,000
Min 10%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$120,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
The Bank of New York Mellon
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a Liaison Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Liaison Engineer in the United States is $86,504 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $61,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $121,000.

Real Liaison Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Engineering-Data Science Liaison Grand Rounds Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 21, 2016 $150,000
Liaison Engineer CTS Technical Services, Inc. Everett, WA Oct 07, 2012 $135,655 -
$156,525
Liaison Engineer CTS Technical Services, Inc. Everett, WA Oct 07, 2009 $125,220 -
$156,525
Liaison Engineer CTS Technical Services, Inc. Everett, WA Nov 06, 2009 $125,220 -
$75
Liaison Engineer CTS Technical Services, Inc. Everett, WA Nov 06, 2012 $114,785
Design Liaison Engineer Terrapower, LLC Bellevue, WA Jan 01, 2011 $110,000 -
$130,000
Liaison Engineer Volt Management Corp Everett, WA Sep 21, 2010 $107,794
Outsource Maintenance Engineering Liaison Southwest Airlines Co. Dallas, TX May 31, 2012 $92,040 -
$105,200
Electrical Engineering Liaison Engineer Magna Powertrain of America, Inc. Troy, MI Oct 21, 2015 $90,000
Quality Key Account Engineering Liaison Hella Electronics Corporation Plymouth, MI Oct 01, 2013 $90,000
Lead Liaison Engineer Liebherr Aerospace Saline, Inc. Everett, WA Oct 01, 2013 $85,000
Mechanical Liaison Engineer Design Support Services/Johnson Service Group Indianapolis, IN Nov 05, 2012 $83,200
Midrange Application Liaison Engineer Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Dec 15, 2012 $78,700 -
$95,700
Mechanical Engineering Liaison Cambric Corporation San Diego, CA Sep 12, 2014 $68,000
Supervisor Liaison Engineering-Power Plant The Nordam Group, Inc. Tulsa, OK Dec 15, 2010 $67,912 -
$75,350
Liaison Engineer Battenfeld Technologies, Inc. Columbia, MO Oct 01, 2015 $67,500
Onsite Liaison Engineer Cyient, Inc. Houston, TX Dec 31, 2016 $67,184
Liaison Engineer (Mechanical Engineer) Triad International Maintenance Corporation Lake City, FL Sep 29, 2015 $67,000
Mechanical Engineering Liaison Cambric Corporation Peoria, IL Aug 29, 2011 $67,000
Liaison Engineer (Mechanical Engineer) Triad International Maintenance Corporation NC Sep 19, 2015 $67,000
Structural Liaison Engineer Pemco World Air Services Tampa, FL Aug 18, 2011 $66,331 -
$70,000
Liaison Engineer Timco Aerosystems, LLC Greensboro, NC Jan 30, 2011 $60,471
Liaison Engineer Timco Aerosystems, LLC Greensboro, NC Feb 11, 2011 $60,471
Liaison Engineer Timco Aerosystems, LLC Greensboro, NC May 10, 2011 $60,471
Quality Engineering Liaison Technology Research LLC Clearwater, FL Oct 01, 2015 $60,000 -
$65,000
Engineering Liaison Geometric Americas, Inc. Peoria, IL Oct 01, 2010 $59,000
Mechanical Engineering Liaison Cambric Corporation Peoria, IL Mar 13, 2012 $59,000
Liaison Engineer Triad International Maintenance Corporation Greensboro, NC Sep 16, 2008 $58,710

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Top Skills for A Liaison Engineer

  1. Engineering Department
  2. MRB
  3. Engineering Support
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed seamless communication link between the engineering department, planning group, and small parts personnel to alleviate internal procurement discrepancies.
  • Developed solutions to more than 1,000 manufacturing problems, and documented MRB proceedings to government specifications.
  • Provided liaison engineering support during Planned Depot Maintenance and Modification of various models of commercial and military airplanes.
  • Maintained records to ensure engineering drawings and documents are current and that engineering-related production problems and resolutions are documented.
  • Prepared all Bill of Materials using PC based Paradox program, also responsible for administration and maintenance of CATIA CAD/CAM system.

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  2. Massachusetts
  3. Colorado
  4. California
  5. Arizona
  6. Michigan
  7. Minnesota
  8. Washington
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Liaison Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

78.5%

Female

12.9%

Unknown

8.6%
Ethnicity

White

61.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

8.8%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

French

13.3%

Italian

11.1%

Arabic

8.9%

Chinese

6.7%

Mandarin

6.7%

Portuguese

4.4%

German

4.4%

Japanese

4.4%

Swedish

2.2%

Carrier

2.2%

Hindi

2.2%
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Liaison Engineer Education

Schools

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

8.9%

Wichita State University

8.9%

University of Washington

8.4%

Purdue University

8.4%

Arizona State University

6.2%

University of Phoenix

6.2%

University of Florida

4.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.4%

Pennsylvania State University

4.4%

Oklahoma State University

4.4%

University of Kansas

4.0%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.0%

Ohio State University

3.6%

Texas A&M University

3.6%

University of Texas at Austin

3.6%

Lawrence Technological University

3.6%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

3.1%

Michigan State University

3.1%

National University

3.1%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.1%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

22.9%

Business

15.7%

Electrical Engineering

10.2%

Aerospace Engineering

6.7%

Drafting And Design

5.3%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

4.8%

Engineering

3.9%

Civil Engineering

3.4%

Management

3.3%

Industrial Technology

3.2%

Industrial Engineering

2.8%

Project Management

2.2%

Engineering Technology

2.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Automotive Technology

2.1%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.1%

Aviation

2.0%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.8%

Systems Engineering

1.8%

Education

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.9%

Masters

20.1%

Other

18.0%

Associate

10.8%

Certificate

4.9%

Doctorate

1.5%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.2%
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