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Working As A Principle 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

  • $92,600

    Average Salary

What Does A Principle 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 Principle 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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Principle Engineer Career Paths

Principle Engineer
Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Consultant Director Of Information
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Development Manager Information Technology Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Staff Engineer Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior Consultant Product Manager
Product Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Business Analyst Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Operations Manager Account Executive
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Research And Development Technician Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Marketing Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Architect Construction Manager Quality Manager
Senior Quality Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Account Manager
Strategic Accounts Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Program Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Staff Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Senior Project Manager Director Of Product Development
Vice President Product Development
12 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Engineering Director Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
Architect Senior Manager Product Management Director
Vice President-Products
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Advisory Engineer 6.5 years
Principle Engineer 5.0 years
Principal Engineer 4.7 years
Senior Engineer 4.3 years
Staff Engineer 4.3 years
Head Engineer 3.8 years
Team Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 5.7%
Consultant 3.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 8.1%
Engineer 4.8%
Manager 4.0%

Principle Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

84.4%

Unknown

9.1%

Female

6.4%
Ethnicity

White

71.4%

Asian

18.5%

Hispanic or Latino

7.2%

Unknown

2.6%

Black or African American

0.3%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

23.8%

German

14.3%

Mandarin

14.3%

Japanese

9.5%

Carrier

9.5%

Khmer

4.8%

Chinese

4.8%

Cantonese

4.8%

French

4.8%

Greek

4.8%

Thai

4.8%
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Principle Engineer Education

Schools

Northeastern University

10.5%

University of Florida

6.6%

Michigan State University

6.6%

University of Central Florida

5.3%

University of Wisconsin Extension

5.3%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

5.3%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

5.3%

University of Southern California

5.3%

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

5.3%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

5.3%

University of Maryland - University College

3.9%

California State University - Northridge

3.9%

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

3.9%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.9%

Auburn University

3.9%

Oregon State University

3.9%

Ohio State University

3.9%

Brigham Young University

3.9%

University of New Hampshire

3.9%

University of New Haven

3.9%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

26.1%

Computer Science

14.0%

Mechanical Engineering

13.0%

Business

9.4%

Computer Engineering

6.2%

Engineering

2.9%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.9%

Management

2.6%

Civil Engineering

2.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.0%

Management Information Systems

2.0%

Information Technology

2.0%

Physics

2.0%

Project Management

2.0%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.6%

Mathematics

1.6%

Biology

1.6%

Aerospace Engineering

1.6%

Chemical Engineering

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.6%

Masters

30.8%

Other

11.5%

Doctorate

6.4%

Certificate

2.9%

Associate

2.1%

Diploma

0.7%
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Real Principle Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Principle Engineer Futurewei Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 30, 2016 $200,000
Principle Mems Engineer Knowles Electronics, LLC Itasca, IL Sep 08, 2016 $185,000
Principle Engineer Samsung Information Systems America, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 23, 2012 $182,000
Principle Engineer Gopro Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 02, 2015 $180,000
Principle Engineer, UI HW Interactions Nokia Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 05, 2011 $170,000
Principle Engineer, Search Markmonitor Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 17, 2015 $169,478
Principle Android Engineer DJI Service LLC (Aka DJI Technology LLC) Palo Alto, CA Nov 23, 2015 $165,000 -
$180,000
Principle Engineer Glooko, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Feb 02, 2015 $165,000
Principle Android Engineer DJI Technology LLC Palo Alto, CA Feb 11, 2015 $164,382 -
$170,000
Principle Engineer Marqeta, Inc. Emeryville, CA May 01, 2013 $155,000
Principle Engineer AMEC Foster Wheeler E&C Services, Inc. Greenville, SC Dec 09, 2016 $149,469
Principle Engineer C and S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. Keene, NH Jan 24, 2016 $149,000
Principle Engineer Onesubsea, LLC Houston, TX Aug 26, 2015 $145,000
Principle Mobile Engineer Zillow Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 01, 2016 $138,362 -
$191,800
Principle Engineer Bloom Energy Sunnyvale, CA Jan 15, 2016 $134,000
Principle Emerging Memory Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Boise, ID Apr 01, 2013 $128,500
Principle Engineer Aircom International, Inc. Dallas, TX Sep 15, 2012 $125,200
Principle Emerging Memory Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Boise, ID Apr 01, 2010 $125,000
Principle Engineer Onesubsea LLC Houston, TX Jul 04, 2016 $124,030
Principle Engineer Himax Imaging Corp. Irvine, CA Jan 12, 2015 $121,139
Principle Engineer, Data C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. Keene, NH May 13, 2016 $113,000
Principle Engineer/Video Architect Xinlab, Inc. Milpitas, CA Oct 29, 2012 $111,842 -
$135,000
Principle Engineer Samsung Austin Semiconductor, L.L.C. Austin, TX Sep 06, 2014 $111,500

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Top Skills for A Principle Engineer

ArchitectureDataLinksSafetyPl/SqlWindowsTechnicalSupportRLinuxProjectManagementStorageReliabilityFpgaC/C++Tcp/IpElectronicsSystemDesignConfigurationManagementProductDevelopmentRFDesignReviews

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Top Principle Engineer Skills

  1. Architecture
  2. Data Links
  3. Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Create System Architecture alternatives for several projects involving large database structures.
  • Directed Occupational Health and Safety projects and Product Safety Incident Management function.
  • Automated Data Masking Process using PL/SQL Install R12.1.3 and convert data for FTD.com Spin-Off.
  • Administered users and machines within Windows Active Directory.
  • Participated in weekly meetings for the Patriot program and provided technical support for the government overseers.

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