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Working As A Process Design 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

  • $92,553

    Average Salary

What Does A Process Design 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 Process Design 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
Process Engineer 3.5 years
Design Engineer 3.4 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Chemical Engineer 2.9 years
Top Employers Before
Designer 5.3%
Internship 5.1%
Engineer 3.9%
Consultant 2.2%
Top Employers After
Consultant 2.8%

Process Design Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

73.2%

Female

20.1%

Unknown

6.7%
Ethnicity

White

65.1%

Asian

20.5%

Hispanic or Latino

8.4%

Unknown

4.8%

Black or African American

1.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

29.8%

German

10.6%

Chinese

8.5%

Japanese

8.5%

Korean

4.3%

French

4.3%

Italian

4.3%

Arabic

4.3%

Turkish

2.1%

Romanian

2.1%

Hindi

2.1%

Sindhi

2.1%

Mandarin

2.1%

Sanskrit

2.1%

Cree

2.1%

Hungarian

2.1%

Vietnamese

2.1%

Russian

2.1%

Hebrew

2.1%

Greek

2.1%
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Process Design Engineer Education

Schools

University of Southern California

11.0%

University of Florida

6.8%

Texas A&M University

6.8%

University of California - Berkeley

5.9%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

5.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.1%

Iowa State University

5.1%

Lehigh University

5.1%

University of Pittsburgh -

5.1%

Purdue University

5.1%

Michigan Technological University

4.2%

Arizona State University

4.2%

San Jose State University

4.2%

Michigan State University

4.2%

State University of New York at Binghamton

4.2%

University of Wisconsin Extension

3.4%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.4%

Mississippi State University

3.4%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.4%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

3.4%
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Majors

Chemical Engineering

36.7%

Mechanical Engineering

13.9%

Electrical Engineering

11.5%

Business

6.6%

Finance

4.2%

Computer Engineering

4.2%

Drafting And Design

2.9%

Engineering

2.4%

Computer Science

2.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.0%

Industrial Technology

2.0%

Industrial Engineering

2.0%

Engineering Technology

1.3%

Physics

1.3%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.3%

Management

1.1%

Project Management

1.1%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.1%

Chemistry

1.1%

Systems Engineering

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.1%

Masters

31.3%

Other

9.0%

Doctorate

6.5%

Associate

5.6%

Certificate

0.9%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.2%
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Real Process Design Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Process Design Engineer K2 Pure Solutions LP Pittsburg, CA Sep 25, 2013 $177,395
Design and Process Engineer Twin Pines Minerals, LLC Birmingham, AL Jul 07, 2016 $175,000
Process Design Engineer, Refinery Processes Foster Wheeler USA Corporation Houston, TX Sep 26, 2013 $157,525
Process Designer-SAP Material Master Accenture LLP New York, NY Mar 20, 2012 $149,500
Processor Design Engineer Powercore Technology Corporation Austin, TX May 01, 2015 $139,200
Process Design Engineer-Refinery Processes Foster Wheeler USA Corporation Houston, TX Sep 03, 2013 $125,000
Process Design Engineer Exxonmobil Research and Engineering Company Fairfax, VA Feb 15, 2015 $119,184 -
$133,655
Process Designer-Record To Report Cargill, Incorporated Hopkins, MN Apr 30, 2011 $118,000
Processor Cache Design Verficiation Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jul 28, 2013 $115,000 -
$135,000
Process Design Engineer-Simulations Ascend Performance Materials LLC Alvin, TX Jun 20, 2011 $114,878
Senior Process Design Engineer Foster Wheeler USA Corporation Houston, TX Sep 08, 2011 $112,900
Process Design Engineer (Piping) Advanced Technology Innovation Corporation Houston, TX Sep 13, 2016 $110,611
Process Design Engineer (Piping) Advanced Technology Innovation Corporation Houston, TX Apr 20, 2016 $110,611
Process Design Engineer III Richard Design Services, Inc. Houston, TX Apr 05, 2013 $110,000
Process Design Engineer Citgo Petroleum Corporation Lemont, IL Sep 04, 2015 $100,999
Process Design Engineer, Refinery Processes Foster Wheeler USA Corporation Houston, TX Sep 26, 2013 $100,980
Process Design Engineer, Refinery Processes Foster Wheeler USA Corporation Houston, TX Sep 03, 2013 $100,980
Process Design Engineer Sensata Technologies, Inc. Attleboro, MA Sep 21, 2015 $100,498
Solutions Designer-Master Data Process Think Tree Technologies Inc. Hopkins, MN May 25, 2016 $100,000
Process Design Engineer-Refinery Processes Foster Wheeler USA Corporation Baytown, TX Nov 19, 2013 $98,820
Process Design Engineer Inergy Automotive Systems Troy, MI Apr 28, 2015 $98,700 -
$100,300
Process/Design Engineer Leica Biosystems Richmond, Inc. Richmond, IL Aug 10, 2014 $88,608
Process Design Kit Engineer TSMC Technology, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 30, 2015 $87,942 -
$95,000
Process Design Engineer Plastic Omnium Auto Inergy (USA) LLC Troy, MI Feb 09, 2016 $87,838
Process Design Engineer Plastic Omnium Auto Inergy (USA) LLC Anderson, SC Feb 09, 2016 $87,838
Mems, Design, Layout and Process Engineer Akustica, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Sep 24, 2015 $87,000
Process Design Engineer-Refinerey Processes Foster Wheeler USA Corporation Houston, TX Mar 21, 2012 $85,850
Process Design Engineer I Richard Design Services, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 18, 2013 $83,500

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Top Skills for A Process Design Engineer

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Top Process Design Engineer Skills

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You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Implement forwarding and stalling functionality; support R-type, load word, store word and branch Instructions.
  • Formulated an analytic method for determining the sensitivity of a design process convergence
  • Designed and implemented occupational health and safety within compliance with OSHA in our manufacturing environment.
  • Analyzed data to determine solutions, such as alternative procedures, changes in processing methods, modifications and redesigning products.
  • Led process improvement and technology projects across Consumer Real Estate Fulfillment.

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