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Working As A Procurement Engineer

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

  • $76,557

    Average Salary

What Does A Procurement Engineer Do

Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment, such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, or power generation equipment. Electrical engineers also design the electrical systems of automobiles and aircraft.

Electronics engineers design and develop electronic equipment, such as broadcast and communications systems, from portable music players to global positioning systems (GPSs). Many also work in areas closely related to computer hardware.

Duties

Electrical engineers typically do the following:

  • Design new ways to use electrical power to develop or improve products
  • Perform detailed calculations to develop manufacturing, construction, and installation standards and specifications
  • Direct the manufacture, installation, and testing of electrical equipment to ensure that products meet specifications and codes
  • Investigate complaints from customers or the public, evaluate problems, and recommend solutions
  • Work with project managers on production efforts to ensure that projects are completed satisfactorily, on time, and within budget

Electronics engineers typically do the following:

  • Design electronic components, software, products, or systems for commercial, industrial, medical, military, or scientific applications
  • Analyze customer needs and determine the requirements, capacity, and cost for developing an electrical system plan
  • Develop maintenance and testing procedures for electronic components and equipment
  • Evaluate systems and recommend design modifications or equipment repair
  • Inspect electronic equipment, instruments, and systems to make sure that they meet safety standards and applicable regulations
  • Plan and develop applications and modifications for electronic properties used in parts and systems in order to improve technical performance

Electronics engineers who work for the federal government research, develop, and evaluate electronic devices used in a variety of areas, such as aviation, computing, transportation, and manufacturing. They work on federal electronic devices and systems, including satellites, flight systems, radar and sonar systems, and communications systems.

The work of electrical engineers and electronics engineers is often similar. Both use engineering and design software and equipment to do engineering tasks. Both types of engineers also must work with other engineers to discuss existing products and possibilities for engineering projects.

Engineers whose work is related exclusively to computer hardware are considered computer hardware engineers.

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How To Become A Procurement Engineer

Electrical and electronics engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value practical experience, so participation in cooperative engineering programs, in which students earn academic credit for structured work experience. Having a Professional Engineer (PE) license may improve an engineer’s chances of finding employment.

Education

High school students interested in studying electrical or electronics engineering benefit from taking courses in physics and mathematics, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Courses in drafting are also helpful, because electrical and electronics engineers often are required to prepare technical drawings.

In order to enter the occupation, prospective electrical and electronics engineers need a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology. Programs include classroom, laboratory, and field studies. Courses include digital systems design, differential equations, and electrical circuit theory. Programs in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology should be accredited by ABET.

Some colleges and universities offer cooperative programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education. Cooperative programs combine classroom study with practical work. Internships provide similar experience and are growing in number.

At some universities, students can enroll in a 5-year program that leads to both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as an instructor at some universities, or in research and development.

Important Qualities

Concentration. Electrical and electronics engineers design and develop complex electrical systems and electronic components and products. They must be able to keep track of multiple design elements and technical characteristics when performing these tasks.

Initiative. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to apply their knowledge to new tasks in every project they undertake. In addition, they must engage in continuing education to keep up with changes in technology.

Interpersonal skills. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to work with others during the manufacturing process to ensure that their plans are implemented correctly. This collaboration includes monitoring technicians and devising remedies to problems as they arise.

Math skills. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to use the principles of calculus and other advanced math in order to analyze, design, and troubleshoot equipment.

Speaking skills. Electrical and electronics engineers work closely with other engineers and technicians. They must be able to explain their designs and reasoning clearly and to relay instructions during product development and production. They also may need to explain complex issues to customers who have little or no technical expertise.

Writing skills. Electrical and electronics engineers develop technical publications related to equipment they develop, including maintenance manuals, operation manuals, parts lists, product proposals, and design methods documents.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as electrical and electronics engineers. 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
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam can be taken right after graduation from a college or university. Engineers who pass this exam commonly are called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After getting work experience, EITs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education courses to keep their license. Most states recognize licensure from other states if the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements.

Advancement

Electrical and electronic engineers may advance to supervisory positions in which they lead a team of engineers and technicians. Some may move to management positions, working as engineering or program managers. Preparation for managerial positions usually requires working under the guidance of a more experienced engineer. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

For sales work, an engineering background enables engineers to discuss a product's technical aspects and assist in product planning and use. For more information, see the profile on sales engineers.

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Procurement Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

79.1%

Female

15.5%

Unknown

5.4%
Ethnicity

White

52.5%

Asian

17.5%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

10.3%

Unknown

5.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

27.5%

Mandarin

17.5%

Chinese

12.5%

Cantonese

10.0%

French

7.5%

Portuguese

5.0%

Vietnamese

5.0%

German

5.0%

Turkish

2.5%

Malay

2.5%

Arabic

2.5%

Italian

2.5%
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Procurement Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.7%

Pennsylvania State University

7.8%

Texas A&M University

7.8%

University of Akron

6.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.2%

Drexel University

5.2%

University of Pittsburgh -

5.2%

Syracuse University

3.9%

Arizona State University

3.9%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.9%

Oregon State University

3.9%

Ohio State University

3.9%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.9%

University of Houston

3.9%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.9%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

3.9%

West Virginia University

3.9%

Michigan State University

3.9%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

21.5%

Business

20.9%

Electrical Engineering

14.3%

Industrial Engineering

9.0%

Engineering And Industrial Management

4.0%

Civil Engineering

3.4%

Engineering

3.4%

Supply Chain Management

3.1%

Finance

2.5%

Chemical Engineering

2.5%

Management

2.2%

Project Management

2.2%

Marketing

1.9%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.6%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.2%

Computer Engineering

1.2%

Industrial Technology

1.2%

Computer Information Systems

1.2%

Education

1.2%

Accounting

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.7%

Masters

37.9%

Other

9.8%

Associate

3.8%

Certificate

2.5%

Doctorate

1.5%

Diploma

0.8%
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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
Senior Procurement Engineer Quaker Chemical Corporation Middletown, OH Sep 16, 2013 $74,686
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
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

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  1. Supply Chain
  2. Product Quality
  3. Purchase
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed tool procurement for multiple suppliers; authored controlled build documentation, performance specifications, and acceptance criteria for supply chain.
  • Investigate customer complaints daily related to product quality and patient safety.
  • Led interdisciplinary teams that determined best process/supplier for each component resulting in improved quality and purchased cost.
  • Document incoming equipment while maintaining regular contact with vendors to ensure orders are received on-time and shipments are delivered per specifications.
  • Directed PCBA supplier re-sourcing and out-sourcing for cost savings, components upgrades for RoHS compliance, and quality improvement.

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