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Working As A Procurement Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • $65,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Procurement Engineer Do

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

Duties

Mechanical engineers typically do the following:

  • Analyze problems to see how mechanical and thermal devices might help solve a particular problem
  • Design or redesign mechanical and thermal devices or subsystems, using analysis and computer-aided design
  • Develop and test prototypes of devices they design
  • Analyze the test results and change the design or system as needed
  • Oversee the manufacturing process for the device

Mechanical engineers design and oversee the manufacture of many products ranging from medical devices to new batteries.

Mechanical engineers design power-producing machines, such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines, as well as power-using machines, such as refrigeration and air-conditioning systems.

Mechanical engineers design other machines inside buildings, such as elevators and escalators. They also design material-handling systems, such as conveyor systems and automated transfer stations.

Like other engineers, mechanical engineers use computers extensively. Mechanical engineers are routinely responsible for the integration of sensors, controllers, and machinery. Computer technology helps mechanical engineers create and analyze designs, run simulations and test how a machine is likely to work, interact with connected systems, and generate specifications for parts.

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How To Become A Procurement Engineer

Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineers who sell services publicly must be licensed in all states and the District of Columbia.

Education

Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineering programs usually include courses in mathematics and life and physical sciences, as well as engineering and design courses. Mechanical engineering technology programs focus less on theory and more on the practical application of engineering principles. They may emphasize internships and co-ops to prepare students for work in industry.

Some colleges and universities offer 5-year programs that allow students to obtain both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. Some 5-year or even 6-year cooperative plans combine classroom study with practical work, enabling students to gain valuable experience and earn money to finance part of their education.

ABET accredits programs in engineering and engineering technology. Most employers prefer to hire students from an accredited program. A degree from an ABET-accredited program is usually necessary to become a licensed professional engineer.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Mechanical engineers design and build complex pieces of equipment and machinery. A creative mind is essential for this kind of work.

Listening skills. Mechanical engineers often work on projects with others, such as architects and computer scientists. They must listen to and analyze different approaches made by other experts to complete the task at hand.

Math skills. Mechanical engineers use the principles of calculus, statistics, and other advanced subjects in math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Mechanical skills. Mechanical skills allow engineers to apply basic engineering concepts and mechanical processes to the design of new devices and systems.

Problem-solving skills. Mechanical engineers need good problem-solving skills to take scientific discoveries and use them to design and build useful products.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as a mechanical 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 to renew their licenses every year. Most states recognize licensure from other states, as long as the other state’s licensing requirements meet or exceed their own licensing requirements.

Several professional organizations offer a variety of certification programs for engineers to demonstrate competency in specific fields of mechanical engineering.

Advancement

A Ph.D. is essential for engineering faculty positions in higher education, as well as for some research and development programs. Mechanical engineers may earn graduate degrees in engineering or business administration to learn new technology, broaden their education, and enhance their project management skills. Mechanical engineers may become administrators or managers after obtaining the requisite experience.

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Average Length of Employment
Staff Engineer 4.3 years
Plant Engineer 4.1 years
Product Engineer 3.6 years
Packaging Engineer 3.5 years
Procurement Buyer 3.4 years
Quality Engineer 3.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Procurement Agent 3.1 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 8.1%
Buyer 4.8%
Internship 3.7%
President 3.7%
Top Employers After
Engineer 7.7%
Buyer 4.6%
President 3.5%

Procurement Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

78.2%

Female

16.5%

Unknown

5.3%
Ethnicity

White

66.0%

Asian

18.0%

Hispanic or Latino

11.0%

Unknown

3.6%

Black or African American

1.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

27.9%

Mandarin

16.3%

Chinese

11.6%

Cantonese

9.3%

Portuguese

7.0%

French

7.0%

Vietnamese

4.7%

German

4.7%

Italian

4.7%

Turkish

2.3%

Malay

2.3%

Arabic

2.3%
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Procurement Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.7%

Texas A&M University

8.9%

University of Akron

7.6%

Pennsylvania State University

7.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.1%

University of Pittsburgh -

5.1%

Syracuse University

3.8%

Arizona State University

3.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.8%

Oregon State University

3.8%

Ohio State University

3.8%

Drexel University

3.8%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.8%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.8%

University of Houston

3.8%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

3.8%

West Virginia University

3.8%

Western Michigan University

3.8%

Michigan State University

3.8%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

21.1%

Business

21.1%

Electrical Engineering

13.8%

Industrial Engineering

8.9%

Engineering And Industrial Management

4.6%

Civil Engineering

3.7%

Engineering

3.4%

Management

3.1%

Finance

3.1%

Supply Chain Management

2.4%

Project Management

2.1%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.8%

Chemical Engineering

1.8%

Marketing

1.5%

Industrial Technology

1.5%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.2%

Computer Information Systems

1.2%

Computer Engineering

1.2%

Education

1.2%

Accounting

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.5%

Masters

38.5%

Other

10.1%

Associate

3.5%

Certificate

2.2%

Doctorate

1.5%

Diploma

0.7%
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Real Procurement Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Valve Procurement Engineer Brunel Energy, Inc. Houston, TX May 15, 2012 $258,000
Procurement Engineer Transnuclear Inc. Columbia, MD Jul 19, 2010 $110,000
Procurement Engineer Hewlett-Packard Company San Diego, CA Sep 18, 2015 $107,625
Consulting Procurement Engineer Siemens Industry, Inc. Spring House, PA May 04, 2016 $104,220
Procurement Engineer Osram Sylvania Inc. Danvers, MA Oct 01, 2009 $103,834
Procurement Engineer Philips Ultrasound, Inc. Reedsville, PA Jun 13, 2016 $97,000
Consulting Procurement Engineer Siemens Industry, Inc. Norcross, GA Sep 09, 2015 $94,465
Consulting Procurement Engineer Siemens Industry, Inc. Spring House, PA Apr 06, 2013 $91,000
Consulting Procurement Engineer Siemens Industry, Inc. Spring House, PA Oct 04, 2011 $91,000
Senior Procurement Engineer Integrated Trade Systems, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 21, 2011 $86,938
Electrical Procurement Engineer Westinghouse Electric Company LLC Cranberry, PA Sep 14, 2012 $80,394
Procurement Engineer Bizcom Electronics, Inc. Milpitas, CA Sep 09, 2012 $80,000
Petroleum Product Procurement Engineer Landy Energy Services, Inc. Sealy, TX Aug 15, 2014 $74,360
Chemical Procurement Engineer GH Technology LLC East Hanover, NJ May 15, 2016 $73,045
Chemical Procurement Engineer Glysortia, LLC Plainsboro, NJ Sep 24, 2015 $73,045
Chemical Procurement Engineer Glysortia, LLC River Falls, WI Sep 26, 2013 $73,045
Procurement Engineer Specialist Cifco LLC Coral Gables, FL Sep 19, 2016 $72,000
Procurement Engineer/VPI Leader Cummins Filtration, Inc. Nashville, TN Jun 01, 2010 $71,989 -
$91,300
Senior Procurement Engineer Ride Control, LLC Troy, MI Oct 05, 2009 $70,385 -
$71,336
Procurement Engineer Cummins Filtration, Inc. Nashville, TN Oct 24, 2011 $64,800 -
$79,900
Petroleum Product Procurement Engineer Landy Energy Service, Inc. Sealy, TX Aug 15, 2011 $64,730
Petroleum Product Procurement Engineer Landy Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 15, 2011 $64,730
Procurement Engineer Cummins Filtration, Inc. Nashville, TN Jan 16, 2013 $63,398 -
$72,200
Architectural Procurement Engineer Caddell Construction Co. (de), LLC Montgomery, AL Oct 01, 2014 $63,190
Industrial Procurement Engineer (Buyer) Flextronics International USA, Inc. Memphis, TN Aug 12, 2015 $62,965
Procurement Engineer Grandwood (USA), Inc. Diamond Bar, CA Sep 20, 2013 $62,547
Procurement Engineer FRAS-Le North America, Inc. Troy, MI Mar 09, 2012 $60,258

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Top Skills for A Procurement Engineer

NewSuppliersPurchaseOrdersVendorsProceduresCostReductionQualityRequirementsLogisticsPackagesProposalsProjectManagementItemEquivalencyEvaluationsProductDevelopmentRawMaterialsCorrectiveActionTechnicalDataRFQSupplierQualityCostSavingsISOBOM

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Top Procurement Engineer Skills

  1. New Suppliers
  2. Purchase Orders
  3. Vendors
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Make agreement with new suppliers for providing shelters, generators, and towers.
  • Planned and realized purchase orders in order to secure various commodities (instruments, fabrications, etc).
  • Collaborated with vendors to resolve problems in meeting design specifications
  • Generated and maintained inspection and material handling procedures.
  • Provided yearly analysis for cost reduction and savings to company.

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