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Working As A Process Development

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • $85,925

    Average Salary

What Does A Process Development 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

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 Career Paths

Process Development
Business Analyst Senior Manager Global Director
Director Global Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Process Development Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Systems Engineer
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Strategic Sourcing
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Engineering Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Quality Manager
Quality Systems Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Operations Manager Operations Director
Senior Director, Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Associate Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Associate Senior Consultant Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Consultant Quality Assurance Lead
Senior Quality Assurance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Senior Quality Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Program Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Assistant Vice President Vice President, Technology
Vice President Of Global Operations
15 Yearsyrs
Process Development Engineer Senior Process Engineer Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Process Engineer 3.5 years
Process Scientist 2.9 years
Top Employers Before
Scientist 7.6%
Internship 6.0%
Chemist 3.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 9.2%
Manager 7.7%
Scientist 5.9%
Director 3.5%

Process Development Demographics

Gender

Male

65.6%

Female

29.5%

Unknown

4.9%
Ethnicity

White

68.9%

Asian

18.1%

Hispanic or Latino

9.0%

Unknown

3.4%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

26.2%

German

11.5%

French

8.2%

Italian

8.2%

Russian

6.6%

Portuguese

6.6%

Hindi

4.9%

Carrier

3.3%

Japanese

3.3%

Urdu

3.3%

Arabic

3.3%

Swedish

1.6%

Gujarati

1.6%

Dutch

1.6%

Hmong

1.6%

Korean

1.6%

Hungarian

1.6%

Cayuga

1.6%

Yoruba

1.6%

Armenian

1.6%
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Process Development Education

Schools

Northeastern University

13.1%

University of Phoenix

9.4%

Villanova University

6.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.8%

Purdue University

5.2%

Iowa State University

5.2%

University of California - Berkeley

4.7%

University of Cincinnati

4.7%

Ohio State University

4.7%

Pennsylvania State University

4.7%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.7%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.2%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

4.2%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.7%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.7%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.7%

Stanford University

3.1%

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

3.1%

Cornell University

3.1%

Wayne State University

2.6%
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Majors

Business

15.3%

Chemical Engineering

15.0%

Chemistry

11.3%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

7.8%

Mechanical Engineering

7.2%

Biology

6.5%

Electrical Engineering

5.1%

Computer Science

4.6%

Project Management

3.5%

Biotechnology

3.2%

Pharmacy

3.1%

Finance

2.9%

Management

2.6%

Biomedical Engineering

2.3%

Microbiology

2.1%

Engineering

1.6%

Accounting

1.6%

Computer Engineering

1.5%

Physics

1.5%

Communication

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

35.3%

Masters

31.9%

Doctorate

14.0%

Other

11.6%

Associate

3.3%

Certificate

2.6%

Diploma

1.3%
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Real Process Development Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Business Process Developer Signature Commercial Solutions, LLC Charlotte, NC Feb 29, 2012 $192,004
Websphere Process Developer Adecco Group Na/Modis, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Jun 04, 2012 $169,569
Websphere Process Developer Adecco Group Na/Modis, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Sep 24, 2014 $169,569
Websphere Process Developer Adecco Group Na/Modis, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Mar 23, 2014 $169,569
Bakeshop Product Innovation and Process Developmen Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. Rochester, NY Jan 19, 2014 $154,419 -
$194,419
Process & Capabilities Developer Hewlett-Packard Company Palo Alto, CA Jun 05, 2016 $124,176 -
$173,066
Process R&D Swiss-TEK Coatings, Inc. New Berlin, WI Sep 26, 2015 $120,000
Image/Video Processing Algorithm Developer Foveon, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 01, 2014 $103,284 -
$130,455
Business Process Developer Kana Software, Inc. Chicago, IL Aug 07, 2015 $95,000
Consultant/Business Process Developer Kana Software, Inc. Overland Park, KS Aug 13, 2015 $90,168
Natural Language Processing (NLP) Developer Zerhouni Group, LLC Columbia, MD Jan 03, 2012 $90,000
Natural Language Processing (NLP) Developer Zerhouni Group, LLC Columbia, MD Sep 04, 2012 $90,000
SAP Process Integration/Process Orchestration Developer Advantco International LLC Raleigh, NC Sep 09, 2016 $86,674
R&D Staff/Simulation of Subsurface Processes Ut-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Oak Ridge, TN Sep 18, 2013 $85,952
Programmer/Business Process Developer Kana Software, Inc. Cary, NC Oct 15, 2014 $85,000
Image/Video Processing Algorithm Developer Foveon, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 01, 2011 $82,930 -
$98,000
R&D Staff/Simulation of Subsurface Processes Ut-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Oak Ridge, TN Oct 31, 2010 $82,008
Senior Online Analytical Process Developer Charter Communications, Inc. Saint Louis, MO Dec 28, 2015 $80,683 -
$100,400
SOI Cleaning Process Development & Sustaining Engi MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. Saint Peters, MO Oct 01, 2010 $80,000
Display/Optics Process Development Support Enginee Pixtronix, Inc. Andover, MA Oct 10, 2013 $64,710 -
$79,800
Process Development Lonza Biologics, Inc. Portsmouth, NH Feb 14, 2008 $64,050
SAP Process Integration/Process Orchestration Developer Advantco International LLC Raleigh, NC Sep 09, 2016 $63,898
Business Analysis Process Developer Objectnet, Inc. Edison, NJ Sep 01, 2015 $62,000
Senior Process Developer Scioinspire Corporation Jacksonville, FL Jan 08, 2016 $60,091
Senior Process Developer (SME) Scioinspire Corporation Jacksonville, FL Jul 03, 2015 $60,000
Senior Process Developer (SME) Scioinspire Corporation Altamonte Springs, FL Jul 22, 2015 $60,000
Senior Process Developer Scioinspire Corporation Pittsburgh, PA Mar 06, 2016 $58,115

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Top Skills for A Process Development

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Top Process Development Skills

  1. Product Development
  2. Procedures
  3. Mammalian Cell Culture
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Led product development team of nine professionals developing new fabrication techniques, process integration scheme and process capability characterization.
  • Developed work instructions and test procedures.
  • Managed the build-out of fermentation, mammalian cell culture, and primary recovery facilities of more than 1500 ft2.
  • Used HPLC spectroscopy instrumentation and chromatographic analytical methods.
  • -Managed QC chemical laboratory and battery testing laboratory in Henderson, Nevada and Northern Ireland.

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