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Working As A Project 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

  • $84,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Project 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 Project 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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Project Development Engineer Career Paths

Project Development Engineer
Project Manager Quality Manager Manufacturing Manager
Senior Manufacturing Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Development Manager Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Construction Manager Quality Control Manager
Quality Assurance Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Manufacturing Manager Research And Development Manager
Senior Manager Of Research And Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Test Engineer
Test Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Development Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Process Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Test Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Engineering Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Mechanical Design Engineer Product Development Engineer
Lead Product Developer
7 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Lead Engineer Project Lead Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Quality Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Project Manager-Manufacturing
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Engineer Lead Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Engineer Engineering Supervisor Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Manufacturing Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Product Development Engineer Principal Engineer Research And Development Manager
New Product Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Engineer Validation Engineer Production Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Product Development Engineer Product Engineering Manager
New Product Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Lead Engineer Project Engineering Manager Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Project Engineer 3.4 years
Energy Engineer 2.6 years
Top Careers Before Project Development Engineer
Internship 4.5%
Engineer 4.3%
Top Careers After Project Development Engineer
Engineer 3.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$84,000
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$64,000
Min 10%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Jacobs Engineering Group
Highest Paying City
Bellevue, WA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Project Development Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Project Development Engineer in the United States is $84,628 per year or $41 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $64,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $110,000.

Real Project Development Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Staff Project Development Engineer Shell International Exploration & Production Inc. Houston, TX Jan 01, 2012 $171,300
Project Development Engineer Cupertino Electric, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 01, 2015 $111,010
Project Developer III/Engineer Trane, A Subsidiary of Ingersoll Rand Company Industry, CA Sep 01, 2013 $109,430
Project Development Engineer Johnson Controls, Inc. Plymouth Meeting, PA Oct 20, 2010 $104,874 -
$113,437
Lead Project Development Engineer Onesubsea, LLC. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2013 $100,901
Project Engineer, R&D Abnote USA, Inc. MA Oct 01, 2013 $100,322
Project Engineer-Commercial Solar Development Urban Green Energy Inc. New York, NY Jun 25, 2015 $100,000
Project Engineer, R&D Abnote USA, Inc. Boston, MA Sep 30, 2013 $100,000
Lead Project Development Engineer Cameron International Corporation Houston, TX Sep 22, 2013 $99,986
Project Development Engineer Cupertino Electric, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 01, 2013 $99,154
Project Development Engineer Cupertino Electric, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 01, 2013 $97,517
Project Development Engineer Sunpower Corporation Richmond, CA Oct 01, 2012 $96,487
Development and Project Engineer Simerics Inc. Bellevue, WA Sep 01, 2015 $95,000
Senior Project Development Engineer Pepco Energy Services, Inc. Atlantic City, NJ Oct 01, 2015 $89,880
Project Engineer III, Lubrication Product Development Graco Minnesota Inc. Anoka, MN Jul 30, 2015 $89,398
Project Development Engineer Lear Corporation Southfield, MI Jun 20, 2011 $88,000
Project Engineer Corn Header Development CNH Industrial America LLC Davenport, IA Sep 08, 2014 $88,000
Project Engineer-Software Development Canrig Drilling Technology, Ltd. Houston, TX Nov 03, 2010 $85,000
Project Engineer I-Engine Development AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc. Plymouth, MI Sep 02, 2014 $85,000
Project Engineer, Software & Hardware Development Convergent Engineering Inc. Newberry, FL Sep 09, 2016 $83,000
Developer and Project Engineer Simerics Inc. Bellevue, WA Sep 01, 2015 $82,000
Project Development Engineer Tessera Solar North America Houston, TX Sep 16, 2010 $77,000
Project Development Engineer Tessera Solar North America Houston, TX Sep 12, 2010 $77,000
Project Development Engineer Tessera Solar North America Houston, TX Sep 06, 2010 $77,000
Project Engineer, Advance Development Group Alpine Electronics Research of America, Inc. Torrance, CA Mar 15, 2010 $76,230
Project Engineer, Advance Development Group Alpine Electronics Research of America, Inc. Torrance, CA Mar 10, 2010 $76,230
Project Development Engineer I Suncoke Technology and Development LLC Lisle, IL Jan 10, 2016 $75,774 -
$104,000
Project Engineer-Software Development EASI LLC Rossville, IL May 16, 2016 $75,132
Project Engineer, Solar Development Tradewind Energy, Inc. Lenexa, KS Mar 15, 2016 $74,131 -
$85,000

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Top Skills for A Project Development Engineer

  1. Project Management
  2. New Product Development
  3. CAD
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Project management activities involve maintaining schedules and budgets, creating and implementing internal processes, and coordination of technical design.
  • Reported to Technical Director Spearheaded new product development of material handling equipment and inline inspection divisions.
  • Developed detailed construction drawing sets for solar PV projects using AutoCAD, including mechanical equipment, electrical and structural installation.
  • Led new interconnect product development projects from concept through customer proposal stage to final product delivery.
  • Provide engineering support in obtaining drilling permits.

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Top 10 Best States for Project Development Engineers

  1. Washington
  2. Texas
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Colorado
  5. Arizona
  6. Wyoming
  7. Rhode Island
  8. New Hampshire
  9. New Mexico
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Project Development Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

75.2%

Female

15.1%

Unknown

9.7%
Ethnicity

White

56.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Asian

12.8%

Black or African American

9.6%

Unknown

5.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.8%

French

15.4%

Carrier

15.4%

German

7.7%

Russian

7.7%

Chinese

3.8%

Japanese

3.8%

Korean

3.8%

Urdu

1.9%

Turkish

1.9%

Bengali

1.9%

Dakota

1.9%

Polish

1.9%

Mandarin

1.9%

Hindi

1.9%
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Project Development Engineer Education

Schools

Arizona State University

8.8%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

7.4%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

7.4%

Northeastern University

6.1%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

6.1%

University of Illinois at Chicago

5.4%

Lehigh University

5.4%

University of Phoenix

5.4%

Michigan State University

5.4%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.7%

University of Washington

4.1%

University of Houston

4.1%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

4.1%

Texas A&M University

4.1%

University of Cincinnati

4.1%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

4.1%

University of Florida

3.4%

University of South Florida

3.4%

Texas Tech University

3.4%

Drexel University

3.4%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

30.2%

Business

11.6%

Electrical Engineering

10.9%

Civil Engineering

10.7%

Chemical Engineering

6.1%

Engineering

3.4%

Computer Science

3.1%

Management

2.6%

Industrial Technology

2.4%

Project Management

2.2%

Computer Engineering

2.0%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.0%

Industrial Engineering

1.9%

Finance

1.9%

Aerospace Engineering

1.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.2%

Biomedical Engineering

1.2%

Marketing

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.7%

Masters

32.3%

Other

9.7%

Doctorate

3.1%

Certificate

2.5%

Associate

2.1%

Diploma

0.7%
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