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Working As A Planning 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

  • $91,468

    Average Salary

What Does A Planning 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 Planning 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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Planning Engineer Career Paths

Planning Engineer
Planning Manager Production Manager Construction Manager
Capital Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Application Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Controls Project Manager Senior Project Manager Engineering Director
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Radio Frequency Engineer Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Project Manager Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Controls Engineer Project Leader Engineering Manager
Engineering/Maintenance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Engineering Manager Manufacturing Manager
Lean Manufacturing Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management
9 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Plant Engineer
Plant Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Controls Project Manager Construction Manager Quality Manager
Process Improvement Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Planner Material Manager Manufacturing Manager
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Technical Director Audio Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Project Controls Engineer Project Manager Operations Director
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
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Planning Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

79.5%

Female

18.2%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

46.6%

Hispanic or Latino

16.4%

Asian

16.4%

Unknown

10.7%

Black or African American

9.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

19.6%

Arabic

18.7%

French

12.1%

Mandarin

6.5%

Russian

6.5%

Chinese

5.6%

Carrier

4.7%

Hindi

3.7%

Italian

3.7%

Portuguese

3.7%

German

3.7%

Urdu

2.8%

Bengali

1.9%

Swedish

0.9%

Turkish

0.9%

Gujarati

0.9%

Bulgarian

0.9%

Catalan

0.9%

Dari

0.9%

Tamil

0.9%
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Planning Engineer Education

Schools

Texas A&M University

10.4%

Arizona State University

6.7%

University of Phoenix

6.7%

National University

6.1%

Colorado School of Mines

6.1%

University of Houston

5.5%

University of Texas at Austin

4.9%

Montana Tech of the University of Montana

4.9%

Purdue University

4.9%

Mississippi State University

4.9%

George Washington University

4.3%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.3%

Drexel University

4.3%

University of South Florida

3.7%

Missouri University of Science and Technology

3.7%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.7%

Villanova University

3.7%

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

3.7%

Lamar University

3.7%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

18.0%

Business

13.0%

Civil Engineering

12.7%

Mechanical Engineering

9.8%

Industrial Engineering

6.5%

Project Management

5.6%

Mining Engineering

5.3%

Engineering

4.4%

Management

3.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.5%

Computer Science

2.2%

Finance

2.2%

Chemical Engineering

2.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Computer Engineering

1.8%

Construction Management

1.7%

Computer Networking

1.6%

Industrial Technology

1.5%

Information Technology

1.3%

Computer Information Systems

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.9%

Masters

34.3%

Other

13.5%

Associate

3.5%

Certificate

3.3%

Doctorate

2.1%

Diploma

1.4%
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Real Planning Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Execution Planning Engineer NES Global, LLC Houston, TX Apr 30, 2013 $250,000
Execution Planning Engineer NES Global, LLC Houston, TX Jan 21, 2014 $250,000
Senior Planning Engineer Turner and Townsend, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 21, 2014 $184,000
Planning Engineer II The Global Edge Consultants, LLC Houston, TX Oct 01, 2014 $171,392
Product Planning Engineer-Marketing Xilinx, Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 11, 2013 $155,000
Systems Planning/Administration Engineer II Amazon Corporate, LLC Seattle, WA Mar 10, 2016 $127,000
Planning Engineer Occidental Petroleum Corp Bakersfield, CA Dec 12, 2014 $125,500
Planning Engineer Occidental Petroleum Corporation Bakersfield, CA Oct 01, 2014 $125,000
Planning Engineer Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation Bakersfield, CA Aug 01, 2013 $120,000
Lead Planning Engineer (Controls)-Fleet Integrity Planning Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc. Houston, TX Dec 16, 2015 $120,000
Planning Engineer Occidental Petroleum Corporation Bakersfield, CA Sep 13, 2014 $120,000
Capacity Planning Engineer Twitter, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 07, 2013 $120,000
Capacity Planning Engineer Twitter, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 15, 2013 $120,000
Senior Transmission Planning Engineer Smart Wires, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 28, 2015 $118,959 -
$208,700
System Planning Engineer Central Rural Electric Cooperative Stillwater, OK Aug 18, 2016 $91,104 -
$107,000
Transmission Planning Engineer Pacific Gas and Electric Company San Francisco, CA Nov 03, 2014 $91,000
Planning Engineer Embraer Aircraft Holding, Inc. Melbourne, FL Oct 27, 2016 $90,584
CVD Parts Planning Engineer Samsung Austin Semiconductor, LLC Austin, TX Nov 19, 2015 $90,023 -
$104,042
Staff Transmission Planning Engineer Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. Brea, CA Aug 11, 2016 $90,000
Engineer, Transmission Planning National Grid USA Service Company, Inc. Waltham, MA Sep 05, 2013 $90,000
Staff Transmission Planning Engineer Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. Brea, CA Nov 08, 2016 $90,000
Operations Planning Engineer Welspun Pipes Inc. Little Rock, AR Mar 30, 2015 $89,960
Power Systems Research & Planning Engineer Pwrsolutions, Inc. Dallas, TX Jun 01, 2016 $80,205
Generation & Transmission Planning Engineer Pwrsolutions, Inc. Dallas, TX Jul 01, 2016 $80,205
Project Planning Engineer Welspun Pipes, Inc. Little Rock, AR Jun 01, 2014 $80,000
Principal Transmission Planning & Optimization ENG Credence Mobile, Inc. Irving, TX Sep 01, 2014 $80,000
System Planning Engineer New York Power Authority White Plains, NY Aug 04, 2015 $79,875
Test Planning Engineer Altair Productdesign, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Jun 08, 2015 $79,723
Core Planning Engineer Nokia Solutions and Networks Us LLC Irving, TX Mar 01, 2014 $79,482
Planning Ufls Engineer (Engineer III) Interstate Power & Light Company Cedar Rapids, IA Jul 02, 2015 $79,123 -
$103,841

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  2. Capacity Planning
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  • Evaluate customer quality specifications and develop internal quality plans, systems and procedures to satisfy customer requirements.
  • Direct the evaluations of major control systems as performed by others, interface with operating organizations, engineering and project management.
  • Created interim safety observation system that tracked and compiled data on 1.5K+ safety observations; only department to assemble reports accurately.
  • Monitored and updated project progress/status reports.
  • Perform comparison between baseline schedule with actual costs/resources usage and work performed.

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