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Working As A Manager, Process Development

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • $98,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Manager, Process Development 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 Manager, Process Development

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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Manager 5.1%
Scientist 4.8%
Top Careers After Manager, Process Development
Manager 8.2%
Consultant 6.2%
Owner 4.1%
Director 3.4%

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Manager, Process Development Demographics

Gender

Male

73.5%

Female

17.4%

Unknown

9.1%
Ethnicity

White

58.4%

Asian

14.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.5%

Black or African American

9.6%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

German

25.0%

Spanish

20.0%

Portuguese

10.0%

Italian

10.0%

Chinese

5.0%

Ukrainian

5.0%

Turkish

5.0%

French

5.0%

Mandarin

5.0%

Hindi

5.0%

Russian

5.0%
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Manager, Process Development Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.5%

Purdue University

8.1%

University of Rochester

7.0%

University of California - Berkeley

7.0%

University of Texas at Austin

7.0%

Arizona State University

4.7%

San Diego State University

4.7%

National University

4.7%

Wayne State University

4.7%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

4.7%

Oklahoma State University

4.7%

Northern Illinois University

4.7%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

3.5%

University of Pennsylvania

3.5%

Stanford University

3.5%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.5%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.5%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.5%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.5%

Drexel University

3.5%
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Majors

Business

24.0%

Chemical Engineering

13.2%

Mechanical Engineering

10.2%

Chemistry

9.4%

Electrical Engineering

5.5%

Management

4.1%

Finance

3.3%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

3.0%

Biology

3.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.0%

Computer Science

2.5%

Pharmacy

2.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.5%

Physics

2.5%

Industrial Engineering

2.2%

Engineering

2.2%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.9%

Microbiology

1.7%

Project Management

1.7%

Human Resources Management

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.0%

Masters

32.7%

Doctorate

13.0%

Other

10.4%

Certificate

2.6%

Associate

2.2%

Diploma

1.0%
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Highest Paying State
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How much does a Manager, Process Development make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Manager, Process Development in the United States is $99,096 per year or $48 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $69,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $142,000.

Real Manager, Process Development Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Engineering Manager of Lens Process Development Omnivision Technologies, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 01, 2014 $187,265
Chief Process Development Manager Sun Coast Financial, Inc. Richmond, TX Feb 23, 2016 $182,000
Engineering Manager of LEN Process Development Omnivision Technologies, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jan 21, 2015 $178,443
Engineering Manager of Lens Process Development Omnivision Technologies, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 15, 2014 $170,165
Process Development Manager Hanwha Solar America LLC Santa Clara, CA May 23, 2011 $162,000
Process Development Manager Kateeva, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Oct 01, 2012 $160,000
Wafer Process Development Manager Santur Corporation Fremont, CA Dec 15, 2010 $150,000
Chief Process Development Manager Sun Coast Financial Inc. Richmond, TX Oct 01, 2015 $148,000
Process Analytics BI Development Manager Tenet Employment, Inc. Dallas, TX May 15, 2016 $140,000
Manager-Formulations Process Development Novavax, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Nov 20, 2014 $134,202
Senior Manager, Process Development Semtech Corporation Colorado Springs, CO Jul 01, 2016 $132,000
Process Development Manager III Novellus Systems, Inc. Tualatin, OR Dec 15, 2011 $128,856
Manager-Advanced Material and Process Development Kohler Company Kohler, WI Sep 15, 2016 $119,650
Manager-Process Development First Solar, Inc. Perrysburg, OH Nov 05, 2012 $115,670 -
$147,900
CMP Process Development Manager Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Jan 09, 2015 $114,971 -
$171,000
Process Development Manager Novellus Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 19, 2010 $114,450
Manager, Manufacturing Process Development Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Lexington, MA Nov 08, 2011 $114,125
Manager, Process Development Henniges Automotive Auburn Hills, MI Sep 08, 2015 $104,790
Manager, Process Development Henniges Automotive North America, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Sep 08, 2015 $104,790
Manager, Process Development Henniges Automotive North America, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Aug 09, 2015 $104,790
Manager-Process Development First Solar, Inc. Perrysburg, OH Nov 05, 2012 $101,700 -
$147,900
Manager, Business Process Development Callaway Golf Company Carlsbad, CA Jan 01, 2014 $100,282
Manager, Process Development Impax Laboratories, Inc. Hayward, CA Feb 09, 2016 $99,362 -
$109,362
Manager, Process Development Rio Tinto Services, Inc. South Jordan, UT Nov 22, 2010 $95,700 -
$159,000

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Top Skills for A Manager, Process Development

  1. Project Management
  2. Procedures
  3. New Product Development
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  • Involved with Resource planning and project management, including project performance analysis & improvement.
  • Incorporated new technologies and tools that continuously improved the software development process and project management procedures within IT organization.
  • Developed cross-functional relationships and brought order and efficiency to the new product development process through development and documentation of standard processes.
  • Serve as Subject Matter Expert on process improvement to increase productivity and efficiency within procurement endeavors and initiatives.
  • Assisted in development and implementation of short and long term data backup strategies for laboratory instrumentation.

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