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Become A Packaging Engineer

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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

  • $78,198

    Average Salary

What Does A Packaging Engineer Do

A Packaging Engineer plans and implements packaging designs to ensure product integrity and appeal. Their primary duties include supervising and managing the complete packaging development process, analyzing engineering drawings, and conducting periodic vendor reviews.

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.


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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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 Mar 28, 2016 $135,000
Engineer, Principal-Packaging Broadcom Corporation Irvine, CA Apr 01, 2015 $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 -
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
Staff Packaging Engineer Dexcom, Inc. San Diego, CA Jan 09, 2016 $120,000
Packaging Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Santa Clara, CA Aug 05, 2015 $118,573
Packaging Engineer Intel Corporation Folsom, CA May 25, 2016 $103,418 -
Principal Packaging Engineer-Distribution Packaging Bristol-Myers Squibb Company New Brunswick, NJ May 14, 2015 $103,000 -
Packaging Engineer Intel Mobile Communications Santa Clara, CA Jul 12, 2016 $101,650 -
Packaging Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Bethlehem, PA Aug 25, 2016 $100,008
Packaging Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Bethlehem, PA Nov 23, 2016 $100,008
Packaging Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Dallas, TX Aug 03, 2015 $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
Packaging Engineer Mack Trucks Inc. Hagerstown, MD Jan 10, 2016 $88,046
Software Packaging Engineer USM Business Systems, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Mar 16, 2016 $88,000
Engineer, Staff II-Packaging Broadcom Corporation Irvine, CA Jan 01, 2015 $88,000
Packaging Engineer Intel Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jul 04, 2016 $87,634 -
Packaging Engineer-Materials Intel Corporation Chandler, AZ Dec 09, 2016 $85,966 -
Packaging Engineer-Electrical Intel Corporation Chandler, AZ Aug 25, 2016 $85,966 -
Packaging Engineer-Electrical Intel Corporation Chandler, AZ Feb 08, 2016 $85,966 -
Mechanical Package Engineer Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 28, 2016 $85,200

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Top Skills for A Packaging Engineer


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Top Packaging Engineer Skills

  1. Package Design
  2. Suppliers
  3. New Product Development
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed group responsible for all small form factor package design rules, test vehicles, and validation activities.
  • Worked with Supply Quality Department and Suppliers in determining best method of packaging for supplier parts.
  • Evaluated packaging issues, coordinated projects, and supported new product development and revised products.
  • Identified and implemented cost savings projects composed of package redesigns, alternative structures, and automation.
  • Established procedures and defined requirements needed to develop a comprehensive program to enter Mexican market.

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