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Working As A Packaging 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

  • $80,133

    Average Salary

What Does A Packaging 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 Packaging 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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Packaging Engineer Career Paths

Packaging Engineer
Program Manager Senior Manager Global Director
Director Global Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Development Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Packaging Manager Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Development Engineer Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Strategic Sourcing
13 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Quality Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Program Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Quality Engineer Quality Assurance Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Packaging Manager Project Manager Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Operations Director
Senior Director, Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Project Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Engineer Engineering Director Vice President, Technology
Vice President Of Global Operations
15 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Packaging Engineer 4.0 years
Product Engineer 3.5 years
Process Engineer 3.4 years
Project Engineer 3.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Graduate Engineer 1.1 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 12.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.8%
Director 2.9%

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Packaging Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

73.2%

Female

22.8%

Unknown

4.0%
Ethnicity

White

60.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Asian

13.1%

Black or African American

9.7%

Unknown

4.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.0%

Mandarin

12.7%

Chinese

10.9%

French

5.5%

Russian

5.5%

German

3.6%

Japanese

3.6%

Cantonese

3.6%

Portuguese

1.8%

Hebrew

1.8%

Romanian

1.8%

Tagalog

1.8%

Korean

1.8%

Croatian

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%

Italian

1.8%
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Packaging Engineer Education

Schools

Michigan State University

41.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

19.6%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

8.5%

Clemson University

6.2%

Arizona State University

2.1%

Wayne State University

1.9%

Indiana State University

1.9%

University of Toledo

1.6%

San Jose State University

1.6%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

1.6%

University of Houston

1.6%

Purdue University

1.6%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

1.6%

Drexel University

1.4%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

1.2%

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

1.2%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

1.2%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

1.2%

University of Florida

1.2%

University of Cincinnati

1.1%
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Majors

Engineering And Industrial Management

34.0%

Mechanical Engineering

15.3%

Business

10.8%

Engineering

5.4%

Industrial Technology

4.8%

Chemical Engineering

4.3%

Electrical Engineering

3.5%

Industrial Engineering

3.4%

Management

2.9%

Graphic Design

1.8%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.6%

Drafting And Design

1.5%

Materials Science And Engineering

1.5%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.5%

Computer Science

1.4%

Education

1.4%

Chemistry

1.3%

Finance

1.3%

Project Management

1.2%

Marketing

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

56.4%

Masters

24.7%

Other

10.8%

Associate

3.6%

Doctorate

2.3%

Certificate

1.7%

Diploma

0.5%
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Real Packaging Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Engineer, Principal-Packaging Broadcom Corporation Andover, MA Oct 01, 2015 $143,508
Staff Packaging Engineer Edwards Lifesciences LLC Irvine, CA Sep 03, 2016 $138,674
Packaging Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Dallas, TX Sep 19, 2015 $137,000
Engineer, Principal-Packaging Broadcom Corporation Irvine, CA Apr 01, 2015 $135,000
Engineer, Principal-Packaging Broadcom Corporation Irvine, CA Mar 28, 2016 $135,000
Staff Packaging Engineer RF Micro Device, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 15, 2015 $132,000
Staff IC Packaging Engineer Integrated Device Technology, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 24, 2015 $130,562
Principal Packaging Engineer Edwards Lifesciences LLC Irvine, CA Nov 21, 2015 $130,320
Staff IC Packaging Engineer Integrated Device Technology, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 03, 2015 $128,000 -
$150,000
Staff Packaging Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Aug 31, 2016 $127,405
Engineer, Principal-Packaging Broadcom Corporation Irvine, CA Apr 21, 2016 $127,000
Principal Packaging Engineer Bristol-Myers Squibb Company New Brunswick, NJ Sep 14, 2016 $124,317
Packaging Engineer-Mechanical Intel Corporation Santa Clara, CA Apr 27, 2015 $124,030 -
$175,400
Staff Packaging Engineer Dexcom, Inc. San Diego, CA Jan 09, 2016 $120,000
Packaging Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Dallas, TX Aug 03, 2015 $100,008
Packaging Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Bethlehem, PA Nov 23, 2016 $100,008
Packaging Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Bethlehem, PA Aug 25, 2016 $100,008
Packaging Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Dallas, TX Sep 18, 2015 $100,000
Packaging Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Dallas, TX Sep 03, 2015 $100,000
Vehicle Packaging & Ergonomics Engineer Tesla Motorsinc Hawthorne, CA Jun 04, 2016 $100,000
Principal Engineer, Packaging Engineering Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Mar 06, 2016 $98,758 -
$121,000
Packaging Technical Engineer Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. Fort Washington, PA May 25, 2015 $98,500
Packaging Engineer-Mechanical Intel Corporation Aloha, OR Aug 19, 2016 $88,795 -
$148,200
Packaging Engineer-Materials Intel Corporation Aloha, OR Feb 09, 2016 $88,275 -
$175,200
Packaging Engineer Mack Trucks Inc. Hagerstown, MD Jan 10, 2016 $88,046
Engineer, Staff II-Packaging Broadcom Corporation Irvine, CA Jan 01, 2015 $88,000
Software Packaging Engineer USM Business Systems, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Mar 16, 2016 $88,000
Packaging Engineer Intel Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jul 04, 2016 $87,634 -
$96,400
Packaging Engineer-Mechanical Intel Corporation Folsom, CA Nov 29, 2016 $87,214 -
$112,000
Packaging Engineer-Electrical Intel Corporation Chandler, AZ Aug 25, 2016 $85,966 -
$148,200

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Top Skills for A Packaging Engineer

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  1. Package Design
  2. Supplier Relationships
  3. New Product Development
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  • Developed electrical models and mechanical specifications and incorporated them into package design requirements documents for both plastic and ceramic package suppliers.
  • Foster supplier relationships while collaborating on new designs, cost savings initiatives, and performance improvement projects.
  • Implement manufacturing solutions for new product introduction and represent the manufacturing function on new product development teams.
  • Developed international returnable packaging program resulting in $250,000 annual material cost savings, and increased logistics efficiency.
  • Worked alongside assembly management to create and implement procedures focused on improving assembly line throughput and efficiency.

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