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Become A Process Design Engineer

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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

A Process Design Engineer designs various products, including required calculation, component selection, and determining the methods of construction. They are responsible for the safety management of the projects.

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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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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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
Process Design Engineer, Refinery Processes Foster Wheeler USA Corporation Houston, TX Sep 26, 2013 $157,525
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-Refinery Processes Foster Wheeler USA Corporation Houston, TX Sep 26, 2010 $121,500
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 Trainer Hyundai Power Transformers USA AL Jun 04, 2013 $114,996
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 Apr 20, 2016 $110,611
Process Design Engineer (Piping) Advanced Technology Innovation Corporation Houston, TX Sep 13, 2016 $110,611
Process Design Engineer III Richard Design Services, Inc. Houston, TX Apr 05, 2013 $110,000
Process Design Engineer Sensata Technologies, Inc. Attleboro, MA Sep 21, 2015 $100,498
Process Design Engineer K2 Pure Solutions, L.P. Uniontown, OH Sep 26, 2010 $100,000
Procure To Pay Process Designer Cargill, Incorporated Hopkins, MN Oct 01, 2010 $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 Exxonmobil Research and Engineering Company Fairfax, VA Mar 01, 2014 $97,136 -
$138,592
Process Design Engineer-Refinery Processes Foster Wheeler USA Corporation Houston, TX Sep 03, 2010 $86,950
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
Process Design Engineer Sensata Technologies Inc. Attleboro, MA Dec 01, 2016 $83,000
Process Design Engineer-Refinery Processes Foster Wheeler USA Corporation Houston, TX Apr 11, 2011 $82,100
Process Design Engineer Inergy Automotive Systems (USA), LLC Troy, MI Sep 03, 2013 $82,000
Process Design Engineer Inergy Automotive Systems (USA), LLC Adrian, MI Sep 03, 2013 $82,000

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Top Skills for A Process Design Engineer

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Top Process Design Engineer Skills

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  2. Design Process
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  • 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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