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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

  • $74,000

    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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Process Design Engineer Career Paths

Process Design Engineer
Process Engineer Project Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Project Engineer Quality Assurance Engineer
Quality Assurance Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Project Manager Quality Manager
Supplier Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Manager
Senior Manufacturing Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Production Manager Processing Manager
Senior Process Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Mechanical Engineer Plant Engineer
Plant Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Engineering Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Mechanical Engineer Production Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Quality Manager
Director Of Quality & Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Engineering Operations Manager Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Project Lead Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Project Manager-Manufacturing
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Lead Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Lead Engineer Senior Engineering Technician
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Lead Engineer Process Engineer Lead
Process Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Manufacturing Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Manufacturing Manager Product Engineering Manager
New Product Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Senior Design Engineer Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Process Engineer 3.4 years
Design Engineer 3.4 years
Graduate Engineer 1.2 years
Top Careers Before Process Design Engineer
Internship 6.8%
Designer 4.4%
Engineer 4.4%
Drafter 3.5%
Top Careers After Process Design Engineer
Consultant 3.2%
Designer 2.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$74,000
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$53,000
Min 10%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Facebook
Highest Paying City
Redmond, WA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Process Design Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Process Design Engineer in the United States is $74,181 per year or $36 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $54,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $101,000.

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 Anderson, SC Feb 09, 2016 $87,838
Process Design Engineer Plastic Omnium Auto Inergy (USA) LLC Troy, MI 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

  1. Design Process
  2. CAD
  3. Assembly Drawings
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  • Worked with engineering team to integrate design processes into manufacturing.
  • Developed graphic data compression/expansion and translation algorithms for use with CAD, CAM, CALS, facsimile, and document architecture.
  • Create assembly drawings with BOM's, for procurement and steps for assembling.
  • Provide Process Engineering support to sales group by performing preliminary design calculations, reviewing customer specifications, and obtaining technical quotes.
  • Created reports based on analysis & process improvement recommendations without jeopardizing risk to the portfolio while improving customer and associate experience.

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  1. Washington
  2. Texas
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Arizona
  5. Wyoming
  6. Colorado
  7. Rhode Island
  8. Michigan
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Process Design Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

70.5%

Female

16.6%

Unknown

12.9%
Ethnicity

White

52.8%

Asian

19.6%

Hispanic or Latino

12.5%

Black or African American

9.6%

Unknown

5.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

34.9%

French

7.9%

Chinese

7.9%

German

7.9%

Japanese

6.3%

Vietnamese

4.8%

Mandarin

3.2%

Korean

3.2%

Italian

3.2%

Carrier

3.2%

Arabic

3.2%

Turkish

1.6%

Romanian

1.6%

Hindi

1.6%

Sindhi

1.6%

Sanskrit

1.6%

Cree

1.6%

Indonesian

1.6%

Hungarian

1.6%

Russian

1.6%
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Process Design Engineer Education

Schools

University of Southern California

9.0%

Purdue University

8.0%

Texas A&M University

7.5%

University of California - Berkeley

6.0%

Arizona State University

6.0%

Pennsylvania State University

6.0%

University of Florida

6.0%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.5%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.0%

Michigan State University

4.0%

Stevens Institute of Technology

4.0%

University of Phoenix

4.0%

Lehigh University

4.0%

University of Oklahoma

4.0%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.5%

University of Utah

3.5%

San Jose State University

3.5%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.5%

University of Houston

3.5%
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Majors

Chemical Engineering

31.4%

Mechanical Engineering

15.1%

Electrical Engineering

12.1%

Business

8.4%

Drafting And Design

4.9%

Computer Engineering

4.6%

Engineering

2.8%

Finance

2.7%

Computer Science

2.3%

Industrial Engineering

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.8%

Industrial Technology

1.6%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.3%

Project Management

1.2%

Engineering Technology

1.1%

Graphic Design

1.1%

Physics

1.0%

Management

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.9%

Masters

28.4%

Other

11.0%

Associate

7.2%

Doctorate

4.1%

Certificate

1.6%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.1%
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