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Working As A New Product Introduction 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

  • $84,000

    Average Salary

What Does A New Product Introduction 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 New Product Introduction 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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Average Length of Employment
Component Engineer 4.0 years
Product Engineer 3.5 years
Value Engineer 2.7 years
Top Careers Before New Product Introduction Engineer
Engineer 8.5%
Internship 3.6%
Top Careers After New Product Introduction Engineer
Engineer 6.3%
Consultant 3.1%

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Average Yearly Salary
$84,000
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$61,000
Min 10%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
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Best Paying Company
Dell
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
4.0 years
How much does a New Product Introduction Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a New Product Introduction Engineer in the United States is $84,997 per year or $41 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $61,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $117,000.

Real New Product Introduction Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director, New Product Introduction-DEV. & Studios Engr. Group or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Nov 06, 2014 $160,580 -
$180,580
New Product Introduction Engineer Alcatel Lucent USA, Inc. Hillsborough, NJ Dec 08, 2016 $147,900 -
$163,625
New Product Introduction Engineer F5 Networks, Inc. Seattle, WA Oct 27, 2016 $132,142 -
$151,970
New Product Introduction Engineer F5 Networks, Inc. Seattle, WA Aug 31, 2016 $132,142 -
$145,426
IP New Product Introduction Engineer Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc. Bellevue, WA Jan 31, 2014 $125,000
IP New Product Introduction Engineer Alcatel Lucent USA, Inc. Bellevue, WA Sep 30, 2015 $125,000 -
$163,625
IP New Product Introduction Engineer Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc. Redmond, WA Feb 01, 2011 $125,000
IP New Product Introduction Engineer Alcatel Lucent USA, Inc. Hillsborough, NJ Oct 20, 2014 $125,000 -
$163,625
New Product Introduction SR. Engineer Dell Products LP Nashville, TN Jul 19, 2012 $113,058
New Product Introduction Engineer F5 Networks, Inc. Seattle, WA Aug 20, 2015 $111,893 -
$147,757
New Product Introduction Engineer Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 27, 2013 $110,000
Principal New Product Introduction (NPI) Engineer Smart Modular Technologies, Inc. Newark, CA Nov 18, 2016 $102,898
New Product Introduction Engineer II Dell Products, LP Austin, TX Sep 09, 2013 $102,705
SR. New Products Introduction (NPI) Engineer Smart Modular Technologies, Inc. Newark, CA Jun 12, 2013 $100,000
New Product Introduction Engineer II Dell Products LP Nashville, TN Jun 25, 2011 $99,193
New Product Introduction Engineer II Dell Products LP Nashville, TN Jun 05, 2011 $99,193
New Product Introduction Engineer II Dell Products LP Nashville, TN Jul 05, 2011 $99,193
New Product Introduction Engineer F5 Networks, Inc. Seattle, WA Sep 20, 2014 $99,000 -
$137,597
New Product Introductions and Sustaining Engineer Dell USA LP Round Rock, TX Sep 09, 2010 $95,048
New Product Introduction Engineer Cisco Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 28, 2011 $94,627 -
$123,700
New Product Introduction Engineer Airvana, Inc. Chelmsford, MA Oct 01, 2009 $92,477 -
$95,000
New Product Introduction (NPI) Engineer Thales E-Security, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 09, 2015 $90,000
New Product Introduction (NPI) Development Engineer Keysight Technologies, Inc. Santa Rosa, CA Dec 21, 2015 $81,000
SR. New Product Introduction Engineer TRW Automotive, Inc. Lafayette, IN May 19, 2014 $80,000
New Product Introduction Engineer Cisco Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 03, 2008 $78,229
New Product Introduction Engineer Coherent, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 01, 2011 $77,250
New Product Introduction Engineer Coherent, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 30, 2011 $77,250

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Top Skills for A New Product Introduction Engineer

  1. New Product Development
  2. Test Procedures
  3. Engineering Support
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Launch a new product development consulting practice to ensure that the client's product or service innovation expectations are met.
  • Worked with Manufacturing Engineering to develop test procedures.
  • Provide engineering support to production.
  • Involved in product concept reviews for mechanical DFM/DFA produce-ability.
  • Partnered with design engineer to develop power distribution panel for cost savings of $100/system.

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New Product Introduction Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

79.0%

Female

13.5%

Unknown

7.4%
Ethnicity

White

50.2%

Hispanic or Latino

21.9%

Asian

15.7%

Black or African American

7.5%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.1%

Chinese

14.3%

Indonesian

9.5%

Carrier

9.5%

Portuguese

4.8%

Dutch

4.8%

Cantonese

4.8%

Japanese

4.8%

French

4.8%

Korean

4.8%
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New Product Introduction Engineer Education

Schools

San Jose State University

17.2%

University of Phoenix

10.1%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

7.1%

University of California - Davis

6.1%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.1%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

5.1%

National Technological University

4.0%

Southern Methodist University

4.0%

Santa Clara University

4.0%

Pennsylvania State University

4.0%

University of California - Berkeley

4.0%

Northeastern University

4.0%

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

4.0%

North Carolina State University

3.0%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.0%

Texas State University

3.0%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.0%

Stanford University

3.0%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.0%

Texas A&M University

3.0%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

23.8%

Mechanical Engineering

18.7%

Business

12.8%

Industrial Engineering

5.1%

Industrial Technology

4.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.0%

Engineering And Industrial Management

4.0%

Computer Science

3.3%

Computer Engineering

2.9%

Management

2.6%

Project Management

2.6%

Chemical Engineering

2.2%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.8%

Marketing

1.8%

Engineering

1.8%

Information Technology

1.8%

Engineering Technology

1.5%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.5%

Physics

1.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.8%

Masters

34.4%

Other

11.2%

Associate

4.1%

Certificate

2.1%

Doctorate

1.2%

Diploma

0.3%
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