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Working As A Project Engineer Consultant

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

  • $79,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Project Engineer Consultant 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.


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 Engineer Consultant

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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Project Engineer Consultant Career Paths

Project Engineer Consultant
Project Manager Quality Manager
Project Quality Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Development Manager Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner/Operator Construction Manager
Capital Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consulting Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Consulting Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Consulting Engineer Consultant Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Engineering Manager Quality Manager
Supplier Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Manufacturing Manager
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Engineering Manager Estimator Project Manager
Controls Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Engineering Manager Plant Engineering Manager Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Test Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Engineering Manager Construction Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Plant Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Quality Control Manager Research And Development Manager
New Product Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Development Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Designer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Engineering Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Designer Lead Designer Senior Design Engineer
Senior Engineering Team Leader
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Designer Senior Mechanical Engineer Project Lead Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Industrial Engineer Process Engineer Production Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Industrial Engineer Manufacturing Supervisor Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Product Development Engineer Lead Engineer Senior Engineering Technician
Engineering Laboratory Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Project Engineer 3.4 years
Junior Engineer 2.1 years
Project Consultant 1.9 years
Graduate Engineer 1.2 years
Top Careers Before Project Engineer Consultant
Engineer 6.6%
Consultant 6.0%
Internship 3.7%
Top Careers After Project Engineer Consultant
Consultant 4.8%
Engineer 4.3%

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How much does a Project Engineer Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Project Engineer Consultant in the United States is $79,576 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $56,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $112,000.

Real Project Engineer Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Consulting Project Engineer ABB Inc. Houston, TX Sep 30, 2012 $104,000 -
Project 2 Consultant/Engineer Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 23, 2012 $99,842
Project II Consultant/Engineer Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 31, 2014 $91,395
Project II Consultant/Engineer Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 15, 2014 $91,395
Aerospace Project Engineering Consultant Noramtec Consultants Americas, Inc. Wichita, KS Oct 01, 2012 $90,000
Value Engineering Consultant of Proposed Projects Verenca Investments International, Inc. Miami, FL Oct 01, 2010 $82,437
Project Engineering Consultant III Stantec Energy & Resources Inc. Bakersfield, CA Jul 20, 2016 $81,643 -
Project Engineer/Project Consultant JBA Consulting Engineers Irvine, CA Jan 01, 2015 $79,955
Project Engineer/Project Consultant JBA Consulting Engineers Irvine, CA Jan 01, 2015 $75,000 -
Project I Consultant/Engineer Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants, Inc. San Antonio, TX Aug 13, 2011 $71,271
Project I Consultant/Engineer Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 31, 2011 $71,271
Civil Engineer Project Engineer Consultant Penmac Staffing Services, Inc. Raleigh, NC Jan 01, 2014 $70,958
Project Engineer/Consultant Global Supply System, Inc. Miami, FL Feb 05, 2016 $68,000
Project Engineer/Consultant Global Supply System, Inc. Weston, FL Dec 17, 2014 $68,000
Project Engineer/Consultant Tecfrica LLC Weston, FL Oct 01, 2012 $68,000

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Top Skills for A Project Engineer Consultant

  1. Project Management
  2. Facility
  3. As-Built
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  • Conceived, created, and implemented project management methodologies into organizations which either were deficient or void of project management expertise.
  • Organized data collection methodology with maintenance department, developing a facility-wide Computerized Maintenance Management System (MP2).
  • Coordinated and supervised as-built records drawings activities, estimates, and other related construction activities.
  • General responsibilities as founder: Pivotal contributor of business development with multiple utility clients/owners at several nuclear power plants.
  • Directed design and project engineers, as well as all CAD technicians from planning to construction.

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