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Working As A Materials Process 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

  • $74,742

    Average Salary

What Does A Materials Process 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 Materials Process 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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Materials Process Engineer Career Paths

Materials Process Engineer
Engineer Engineering Director Global Director
Director Global Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Strategic Sourcing
13 Yearsyrs
Material Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Senior Engineer Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Project Engineer Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Engineer Process Engineer Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Program Manager Operations Director
Senior Director, Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Engineer Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Material Engineer Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Project Engineer Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Quality Assurance Engineer Quality Manager
Senior Quality Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Program Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Engineer Senior Project Manager Vice President, Technology
Vice President Of Global Operations
15 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Operations Director
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Engineer 4.3 years
Engineer, Methods 3.6 years
Process Engineer 3.5 years
Liaison Engineer 3.5 years
Quality Engineer 3.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 4.2%
Engineer 3.5%
Researcher 2.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.0%
Engineer 2.6%

Materials Process Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

74.3%

Female

23.3%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

73.4%

Asian

13.8%

Hispanic or Latino

10.5%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.0%

French

8.0%

Cantonese

8.0%

Mandarin

8.0%

Korean

8.0%

Portuguese

4.0%

Chinese

4.0%

German

4.0%

Greek

4.0%

Carrier

4.0%

Tagalog

4.0%

Polish

4.0%
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Materials Process Engineer Education

Schools

Arizona State University

7.8%

Wichita State University

7.8%

University of Utah

6.7%

Ohio State University

6.7%

University of Florida

5.6%

University of Central Florida

5.6%

Pennsylvania State University

5.6%

University of Toledo

5.6%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

5.6%

San Jose State University

4.4%

University of Washington

4.4%

Iowa State University

4.4%

University of Phoenix

4.4%

University of Arizona

4.4%

Winona State University

4.4%

University of Alabama

3.3%

Washington University in Saint Louis

3.3%

University of South Florida

3.3%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

3.3%

Southern Methodist University

3.3%
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Majors

Chemical Engineering

15.3%

Materials Science And Engineering

14.6%

Mechanical Engineering

11.6%

Business

11.2%

Chemistry

7.5%

Engineering

4.1%

Metallurgical Engineering

3.7%

Industrial Technology

3.7%

Management

3.0%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.0%

Materials Sciences

3.0%

Electrical Engineering

3.0%

Plastics Engineering

3.0%

Finance

2.2%

Aerospace Engineering

2.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.9%

Physics

1.9%

Industrial Engineering

1.9%

Aviation

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.1%

Masters

33.4%

Other

8.6%

Doctorate

6.7%

Certificate

4.3%

Associate

1.8%
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Real Materials Process Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Principal Materials Process Engineer Paragon Mining Inc. San Carlos, CA May 21, 2014 $110,000
Principal Materials Process Engineer Diamond Foundry Inc. San Carlos, CA Sep 17, 2015 $110,000
Principal Materials Process Engineer Diamond Foundry Inc. San Carlos, CA May 21, 2014 $110,000
Principal Materials Process Engineer Diamond Foundry Inc. San Carlos, CA Oct 24, 2014 $110,000
Principal Materials Process Engineer Diamond Foundry Inc. San Carlos, CA Dec 29, 2015 $110,000
Mocvd Process Engineer, Materials Engineering Transphorm Inc. Goleta, CA Dec 11, 2014 $100,000
Senior MIM Materials & Process Engineer ATW Companies, Inc. East Providence, RI Jan 05, 2015 $100,000
Materials and Processes Engineer Superfici America, Inc. Concord, NC Aug 26, 2016 $98,000
Materials Process Engineer Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. Franklin Town, MA Aug 24, 2010 $91,570
Materials and Process Engineer, Flammability Engineer Encore Interiros, Inc. Irvine, CA Dec 01, 2014 $91,500
Materials & Process Engineer The Boeing Company Everett, WA Sep 21, 2009 $91,233
Materials Process Engineer (Electrospinning) Harvard Bioscience, Inc. Holliston, MA Oct 01, 2012 $90,000
Materials, Process & Physics Engineer The Boeing Company Everett, WA May 06, 2011 $90,000 -
$113,000
Meterials & Process Engineer Park Aerospace Technologies Corp. Newton, KS Mar 21, 2016 $81,453
Materials Process Engineer L.J. Gonzer Associates Yorktown Heights, NY Oct 01, 2011 $81,120
Materials Process Engineer L.J. Gonzer Associates Yorktown Heights, NY Dec 05, 2011 $81,120
Materials and Process Engineer Octex Holdings, LLC Sarasota, FL Jan 03, 2016 $80,018
Materials Process Engineer Advanced Renewableenergy Company LLC Nashua, NH Dec 15, 2011 $80,000 -
$100,000
Process Engineer Material Ejoule Inc. Fremont, CA Jan 09, 2016 $79,306 -
$83,480
Material & Process Engineer, Specialist Lg Fuel Cell Systems, Inc. North Canton, OH Nov 21, 2015 $78,773
Materials Processing Engineer Ellwood National Crankshaft PA Mar 24, 2012 $78,750
Materials and Process Engineer Learjet Inc. Wichita, KS Oct 20, 2011 $70,138
Engineer, Materials & Processes Kestrel Manufacturing, LLC Superior, WI Aug 25, 2016 $69,440
Material & Process Engineer, Specialist Rolls-Royce Fuel Cells Systems (Us) Inc. North Canton, OH Jan 01, 2012 $69,093
Engineer I, Materials and Processes Piper Aircraft, Inc. Vero Beach, FL Jun 09, 2016 $68,350
Laser Materials Processing Engineer Csquared Innovations, Inc. Farmington Hills, MI Sep 05, 2013 $67,000
Laser Materials Processing Engineer Csquared Innovations, Inc. Novi, MI May 01, 2015 $67,000
Process and Materials Engineer Us Mouldings LLC Manning, SC Jan 23, 2012 $66,877
Materials/Process Engineer Nexsun Ethanol, LLC Ulysses, KS Jan 01, 2011 $65,790

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Top Skills for A Materials Process Engineer

ProceduresFailureAnalysisAerospaceApplicationsLaboratoryProductDevelopmentSafetyProcessSpecificationsProcessImprovementNewMaterialsRPCorrectiveActionNasaTestPlansMaterialsSelectionAstmFAASigmaMRBVehicle

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Top Materials Process Engineer Skills

  1. Procedures
  2. Failure Analysis
  3. Aerospace Applications
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed corrective procedures to bring subcontractors back into compliance.
  • Support of Space Shuttle program fuel system, composite leading edge failure analysis, structural design support.
  • Conducted mechanical property/microstructure characterization of spray formed, damage tolerant aluminum and aluminum-lithium alloy materials for elevated temperature aerospace applications.
  • Worked in laboratory setting including precision clean rooms (Class 100,000).
  • Conducted research and development projects, updated operator management systems, aided in product development, and quality control.

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