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Working As A Management 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

  • $102,700

    Average Salary

What Does A Management 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.


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 Management Engineer

Industrial engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value experience, so cooperative education engineering programs at universities are also valuable.


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.


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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Management Engineer Career Paths

Management Engineer
Program Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
General Manager Database Administrator Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Operations Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Technical Manager Director Of Information
Director, Applications
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Principal Consultant Senior Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Program Manager Marketing Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
General Manager Senior Project Manager Vice President, Technology
Vice President Of Global Operations
15 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Senior Project Manager Vice President Of Engineering
Vice President Of Operations And Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Information Technology Project Manager Vice President Of Information Technology
Vice President Technology Services
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Product Management Director
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Principal Engineer 4.7 years
Staff Engineer 4.3 years
Senior Engineer 4.2 years
Service Engineer 3.3 years
Lead Engineer 3.3 years
Team Lead Engineer 3.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Solutions Engineer 2.7 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 8.1%
Consultant 5.7%
Manager 4.4%
Internship 3.7%
Top Employers After
Consultant 8.5%
Engineer 6.8%
Director 4.5%
Manager 4.1%
Owner 3.1%

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Management Engineer Education


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Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Management Investmnt ENG & Business & Platform Architect Hire Thinking, Inc. Westport, CT Mar 23, 2015 $205,379
SR. Management Investmnt ENG & Business & Platform Architect Advantage Technical Resourcing, Inc. Westport, CT Mar 10, 2015 $205,379
Identity and Access Management (IAM) Engineer and Solutions Developer American International Group, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Nov 25, 2015 $175,000
Identity & Access Management Engineer & Solutions Developer AIG Employee Services, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Oct 31, 2016 $175,000
Senior Identity and Access Management (IAM) Engineer The Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America New York, NY Sep 28, 2015 $160,000
Engineering Management Emeter Corporation Foster City, CA Dec 30, 2016 $159,126
Engineering Management Siemens Energy, Inc. Charlotte, NC Mar 26, 2015 $157,826
Quantitative Portfolio Management Engineer Bridgewater Associates, LP Westport, CT Oct 11, 2016 $150,000 -
Identity and Access Management Engineer Service Oriented Solutions LLC Newark, CA Jul 07, 2016 $142,064
Senior Identity Managment Engineer Autodesk, Inc. San Rafael, CA Jan 07, 2016 $140,000
Senior Change Management Engineer Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 08, 2016 $138,000
Senior Identity Managment Engineer Autodesk, Inc. San Rafael, CA Jan 07, 2016 $134,000
Senior Master Data Management (MDM) Engineer Teradata Operations, Inc. Irving, TX May 01, 2015 $132,400
Engineering Management Siemens Energy, Inc. Charlotte, NC Oct 15, 2016 $118,121
System Management Engineer Tintri, Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 30, 2016 $118,000
SAP CRM Engineer Savantis Group, Inc. Exton, PA Oct 01, 2015 $115,000 -
Program Management Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Tucson, AZ May 23, 2016 $114,296
Program Management Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Tucson, AZ Apr 20, 2015 $100,000
Senior Managing Engineer Communications Engineering, Inc. Newington, VA Mar 09, 2016 $100,000
Identity and Access Management Engineer Paypal, Inc. Scottsdale, AZ Oct 27, 2016 $100,000
Release Management Engineer Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company of Michigan Lansing, MI Nov 04, 2016 $100,000
Engineer 4, Release Management Comcast Cable Communications, LLC Philadelphia, PA Dec 01, 2016 $98,509 -
Reservoir Management Engineer Frontender Corporation Houston, TX Sep 17, 2016 $98,134
Identity & Access Management Engineer Idmworks, Inc. Camp Hill, PA Jun 29, 2015 $98,000

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  • Served as subject matter expert implementing IBM solutions Fortune 500 financial institutions for managing and documenting regulatory compliance.
  • Developed proactive monitoring tools and automated solutions for applications and systems infrastructure including the Management Region infrastructure.
  • Earned recognition for providing excellent customer service; identifying and resolving any issues.
  • Supervised and instructed undergraduate engineering students in data collection and statistical analysis in health care.
  • Conducted facility safety audits, inspections, loss control surveys, orientations, and compliance resolutions to regulatory interactions.

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