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Become A Process Engineer

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Working As A Process 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

  • $78,800

    Average Salary

What Does A Process Engineer Do

A Process Engineer is responsible for the process design, operation, and implementation of the manufacturing systems. They develop best practices within the production process.

How To Become A Process Engineer

Industrial engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value experience, so cooperative education engineering programs at universities are also valuable.


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.


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 Engineer Career Paths

Process Engineer
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Strategic Sourcing
13 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Production Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Quality Engineer Quality Assurance Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Quality Assurance Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Program Manager General Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Business Analyst Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Plant Manager Operations Director
Senior Director, Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Quality Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Account Executive Product Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Quality Manager
Senior Quality Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Technical Manager Technical Director Vice President, Technology
Vice President Of Global Operations
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
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Process Engineer Demographics


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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Portuguese

  • Arabic

  • Hindi

  • Cantonese

  • Russian

  • Italian

  • Vietnamese

  • Carrier

  • Korean

  • Urdu

  • Polish

  • Dutch

  • Greek

  • Gujarati

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Real Process Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Process Engineer Link Project Services, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 23, 2015 $307,000
Director-Process Engineering Verizon Business Network Services, Inc. Ridgefield, NJ May 23, 2016 $250,000
Process Engineer NES Global, LLC Houston, TX Jan 08, 2016 $230,000
Process Engineer NES Global, LLC Houston, TX Jul 10, 2015 $230,000
DIR II, Process Engineering Management Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Apr 02, 2015 $224,741
Process Engineer NES Global, LLC Houston, TX Jul 10, 2015 $220,000
Chief Process Engineer Worleyparsons Group, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 21, 2016 $214,677
Lead Process Engineer Ausenco Engineering USA South Inc. Tucson, AZ Mar 01, 2016 $180,000 -
Lead Process Engineer Ausenco Engineering USA South Inc. Tucson, AZ Nov 01, 2016 $180,000 -
Design and Process Engineer Twin Pines Minerals, LLC Birmingham, AL Jul 07, 2016 $175,000
Process Engineer NES Global, LLC Houston, TX Jan 08, 2016 $172,000
Process Engineer Chevron Corporation Richmond, CA Aug 19, 2015 $168,000
Process Engineer Turner & Townsend, Inc. Houston, TX May 09, 2016 $167,300
Lead LNG Process Engineer BG Us Services, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 05, 2016 $156,000 -
TFT Process Engineer Cbrite Inc. Goleta, CA Jan 21, 2015 $94,973
Process Engineer IV Smith & Burgess LLC Houston, TX Aug 24, 2016 $94,966
Process Engineer Intel Corporation Hillsboro, OR Jul 25, 2016 $94,682 -
Process Engineer Intel Corporation Hillsboro, OR May 12, 2015 $94,672 -
Process Engineer Lam Research Corporation Fremont, CA Nov 25, 2015 $94,640 -
Process Engineer AGFA Corporation Somerville, NJ Sep 27, 2015 $88,252
Process Engineer AGFA Corporation, Inc. Somerville, NJ Sep 27, 2015 $88,252
Process/Specialty Engineer II Fluor Enterprises, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Aug 26, 2016 $88,250
Process Engineer Lummus Technology, Inc. Bloomfield, NJ Dec 20, 2015 $88,161
Process/Specialty Engineer II Fluor Enterprises, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Oct 22, 2015 $88,100
Process Engineer Altair Productdesign, Inc. Troy, MI Jun 15, 2016 $88,088
Process Engineer I Worleyparsons Group, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 22, 2015 $88,046

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Top Skills for A Process Engineer


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Top Process Engineer Skills

  1. Procedures
  2. Process Improvement
  3. Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Instituted new technologies precisely mirroring procedures for volume manufacturing.
  • Developed and implemented new ideas focused on continuous process improvement, cost containment and efficiency.
  • Revised SOP's and safety analysis for operators.
  • SOP creation, validation, and process engineering support of new facility.
  • Performed analysis of requirements to determine lowest cost multi-user configuration, based upon existing and projected requirements.

Top Process Engineer Employers

Process Engineer Videos

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Process Engineering Seminar / January 2014