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Become A Project Engineer

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Working As A Project 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

  • $69,971

    Average Salary

What Does A Project Engineer Do

The primary role of a Project Engineer is to create engineering and construction projects. They schedule, plan, resource, and manage all technical activities to ensure the accuracy and quality of projects.

How To Become A Project 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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Project Engineer Career Paths

Project Engineer
Senior Engineer Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Business Developer Business Development Manager
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Project Manager Estimator
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Operations Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager Account Manager
National Account Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
General Manager Operator Foreman
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Program Director Operations Director
Senior Director, Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Account Executive Product Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
General Manager Account Manager
Strategic Accounts Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Program Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Chief Engineer Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Project 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

  • German

  • Arabic

  • Mandarin

  • Chinese

  • Carrier

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Japanese

  • Russian

  • Hindi

  • Korean

  • Cantonese

  • Vietnamese

  • Urdu

  • Turkish

  • Polish

  • Gujarati

  • Dakota

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Real Project Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Project Engineer KTI, Inc. Wilmington, NC Aug 23, 2016 $242,981
Project Engineer KTI, Inc. Huntersville, NC Sep 30, 2015 $242,981
Director, International Project Engineering ARET? Inc. Pennington, NJ Aug 07, 2015 $209,706
Manager, Project Engineering and Construction Project Consulting Services, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 10, 2016 $207,661
Project Engineer NES Global, LLC The Woodlands, TX Oct 26, 2015 $204,000
Director, International Project Engineering ARETÉ Inc. Pennington, NJ Apr 21, 2016 $195,062
Project Engineer NES Global, LLC The Woodlands, TX Apr 01, 2016 $195,000
Project Engineer Ameriforge Group, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 15, 2016 $192,000
Project Engineer Frontender Corporation Houston, TX Jul 27, 2016 $181,542
Project Engineer II Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX May 24, 2016 $172,500
Project Engineer Tradeco Infrastructure, Inc. The Woodlands, TX Jul 25, 2015 $164,729
Project Engineer 5 Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Apr 15, 2015 $164,300
Project Engineer Senior Staff Lockheed Martin Operations Support, Inc. Portland, OR Sep 21, 2015 $164,258
Project Engineer AGCO Corporation Hesston, KS Feb 01, 2016 $81,433
Project Engineer Humanetics Innovative Solutions, Inc. Plymouth, MI May 19, 2016 $81,430
Project Engineer Geometric Americas, Inc. Dearborn, MI Dec 30, 2016 $81,411
Project Engineer II Honeywell International, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 10, 2015 $81,411
Project Engineer Optimal Inc. Plymouth, MI Jun 24, 2016 $81,270
Project Engineer Optimal CAE, Inc. Dearborn, MI May 14, 2016 $81,203 -
Project Engineer Optimal CAE, Inc. Dearborn, MI Jan 18, 2016 $81,203 -
Project Engineer HDR Engineering, Inc. Metairie, LA Sep 10, 2015 $81,203
Project Engineer Safeco Door & Hardware, Inc. Hayward, CA Sep 19, 2016 $69,706
Project Engineer Webber, LLC Irving, TX May 25, 2015 $69,696
Project Engineer Geometric Americas, Inc. Raymond, OH Oct 01, 2015 $69,680
Project Engineer PSP Construction Inc. Hackensack, NJ Sep 16, 2015 $69,659
Project Engineer Detroit Engineered Products, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Jun 11, 2015 $69,643
Project Engineer District Properties, LLC Washington, DC Jul 02, 2015 $69,618
Project Engineer District Properties, LLC Washington, DC Oct 12, 2015 $69,618
Project Engineer Gamma Technologies, Inc. Westmont, IL Aug 18, 2015 $69,534 -

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Top Skills for A Project Engineer


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Top Project Engineer Skills

  1. Safety
  2. Test Procedures
  3. Project Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Plan factory and trade show layouts to provide most efficient work flow and safety.
  • Support the development of several test procedures to include acceptance test procedure, functional test procedure and design verification test procedure.
  • Acquired customer interaction and project management skills.
  • Project Engineer performing pharmaceutical manufacturing projects in a generic solid dosage facility.
  • Developed project specifications and contract documents.

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