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Working As A Process Development 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

  • $94,084

    Average Salary

What Does A Process Development 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 Development 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 Development Engineer Career Paths

Process Development Engineer
Process Engineering Manager Operations Manager Operations Director
Director Global Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager Engineering Director
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Quality Manager
Factory Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Validation Engineer Quality Engineer Lean SIX Sigma Black Belt
Manager Of Operations Excellence
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Senior Design Engineer Research And Development Manager
New Product Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager Product Engineering Manager
New Product Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Consulting Engineer Senior Project Engineer
Plant Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Product Development Engineer Mechanical Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Product Development Engineer Project Engineer Senior Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Technical Director Audio Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Electrical Engineer Research And Development Engineer
Research And Development Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Process Engineering Manager Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Engineering Manager Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Director Of Product Development
Vice President Of Research And Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Process Engineer 3.4 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 4.5%
Engineer 3.0%
Top Employers After
Engineer 3.8%
Consultant 2.6%

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Process Development Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

77.1%

Female

18.2%

Unknown

4.7%
Ethnicity

White

53.5%

Asian

20.0%

Hispanic or Latino

13.2%

Black or African American

8.2%

Unknown

5.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

24.1%

Chinese

13.3%

Mandarin

8.4%

French

8.4%

German

8.4%

Hindi

6.0%

Arabic

6.0%

Urdu

3.6%

Korean

2.4%

Russian

2.4%

Cantonese

2.4%

Carrier

2.4%

Italian

2.4%

Hebrew

2.4%

Telugu

1.2%

Marathi

1.2%

Gujarati

1.2%

Dutch

1.2%

Sanskrit

1.2%

Shan

1.2%
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Process Development Engineer Education

Schools

Purdue University

8.2%

North Carolina State University

6.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.8%

San Jose State University

5.8%

University of California - Davis

5.4%

Northeastern University

5.4%

Drexel University

5.1%

Northwestern University

5.1%

Arizona State University

4.7%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.7%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.7%

Texas A&M University

4.3%

Case Western Reserve University

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.3%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.3%

Cornell University

4.3%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

3.9%

Clarkson University

3.9%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.9%
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Majors

Chemical Engineering

30.6%

Mechanical Engineering

12.6%

Business

10.2%

Electrical Engineering

7.2%

Materials Science And Engineering

5.9%

Chemistry

3.8%

Biomedical Engineering

2.8%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.8%

Materials Sciences

2.8%

Engineering

2.7%

Industrial Technology

2.5%

Management

2.5%

Physics

2.5%

Industrial Engineering

2.2%

Finance

1.7%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.5%

Project Management

1.4%

Plastics Engineering

1.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.5%

Masters

35.1%

Doctorate

12.2%

Other

8.3%

Certificate

2.0%

Associate

1.8%

Diploma

0.2%
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Real Process Development Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Process Development Engineer Shell International Exploration and Production Inc. Houston, TX Oct 09, 2016 $154,100
Process Development Engineer Analog Devices Inc. Wilmington, MA Apr 30, 2015 $148,793 -
$174,200
Process Technology Development Principal Engineer Stmicroelectronics, Inc. Albany, NY Sep 23, 2015 $147,574
Process Development Engineer Golden State FC LLC San Bernardino, CA Aug 21, 2015 $135,000
Process Development Engineer Golden State FC LLC San Bernardino, CA Jan 30, 2015 $135,000
Principal Process Development Engineer Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 16, 2016 $135,000
Principal Process Development Engineer Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 09, 2015 $135,000
Staff Lens Process Development Engineer Omnivision Technologies, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jan 09, 2016 $132,000
Process Development Engineer Shell International Exploration and Production Inc. Houston, TX Aug 17, 2016 $131,300
Process Development Engineer Shell International Exploration and Production Inc. Houston, TX Sep 22, 2016 $131,300
Principal Process Development Engineer Heartware, Inc. Miami Lakes, FL May 01, 2016 $129,960
Process Development Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Dallas, TX Aug 14, 2015 $127,300
Process Development Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Dallas, TX Apr 13, 2016 $127,300
Test Process Development Engineer Formfactor, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 10, 2016 $102,000
Process Development Engineer St. Jude Medical, Inc. Plymouth, MN Sep 29, 2015 $101,965
Process/Development Engineer L.J. Gonzer Associates Yorktown Heights, NY Apr 01, 2015 $101,920
Process Development Engineer Lam Research Corporation San Jose, CA Sep 09, 2015 $101,000 -
$125,000
Process Development Engineer Lam Research Corporation San Jose, CA Oct 01, 2015 $100,053
Process Development Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Dallas, TX Sep 08, 2016 $100,008
Process Development Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Dallas, TX Apr 08, 2016 $100,008
Process Development Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Dallas, TX Sep 13, 2016 $100,008
Materials/Process Development Engineer Benz Research and Development Corp. Sarasota, FL Apr 11, 2016 $90,000
Development Process Engineer Gast Manufacturing Benton Harbor, MI Jan 07, 2015 $90,000
Process Development Engineer Innovative Micro Technology, Inc. Goleta, CA Aug 25, 2015 $90,000
Process Development Engineer Veeco Instruments Inc. Fremont, CA Aug 30, 2016 $90,000
Process Development Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Boise, ID Aug 08, 2015 $90,000
Process Development Engineer Lam Research Corporation Tualatin, OR Jan 23, 2015 $89,814 -
$110,900
PVD Process Development Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Boise, ID Aug 08, 2015 $89,800
PVD Process Development Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Boise, ID Aug 15, 2016 $89,800

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  • Supported product development of lithium-based cells in pilot scale preparation and processing of cell components.
  • Established new procedures for more robust and reliable processes, as well as maintained base line of standard products.
  • Devised/changed each module from pick-n-place to place-n-pick, avoiding robotic dead time during automated assembly.
  • Documented all process improvements by authoring small-scale development reports, manufacturing scale protocols and reports, and process change summary reports.
  • Executed concept, design, development, justification, and implementation of new processes in commercial air conditioner manufacturing facility.

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