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Become A Research And Development Engineer

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Working As A Research And 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

  • $85,581

    Average Salary

What Does A Research And Development Engineer Do

A Research And Development Engineer conducts research and development activities for an organization. They also design, develop, correct, and improve the services or processes of an organization.

How To Become A Research And 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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Research And Development Engineer Career Paths

Research And Development Engineer
Software Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Operations Manager Account Executive
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Quality Engineer Quality Assurance Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Business Analyst Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Product Development Engineer Product Developer
Senior Manager, Product Development
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Project Engineer Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Product Manager Director Of Product Development
Vice President Product Development
12 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Program Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Product Manager Product Management Director
Vice President-Products
13 Yearsyrs
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Research And Development Engineer Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    78.4%
  • Female

    14.1%
  • Unknown

    7.5%

Ethnicity

  • White

    61.7%
  • Asian

    24.7%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    8.7%
  • Unknown

    3.9%
  • Black or African American

    0.9%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    24.1%
  • Chinese

    13.8%
  • Mandarin

    11.8%
  • French

    10.7%
  • Japanese

    8.0%
  • German

    6.0%
  • Russian

    4.0%
  • Italian

    3.3%
  • Portuguese

    2.9%
  • Korean

    2.2%
  • Cantonese

    2.2%
  • Hindi

    1.8%
  • Arabic

    1.8%
  • Vietnamese

    1.6%
  • Turkish

    1.1%
  • Carrier

    1.1%
  • Polish

    1.1%
  • Persian

    0.9%
  • Hebrew

    0.9%
  • Gujarati

    0.7%
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Real Research And Development Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
R & D Mechanical Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Mar 09, 2016 $210,700
R&D Engineer IC Design 6 Broadcom Corporation San Jose, CA Jul 09, 2016 $176,027
R&D Engineer IC Design 5 Broadcom Corporation Irvine, CA Oct 10, 2016 $174,861
R&D Engineer Software VI Broadcom Corporation Santa Clara, CA Dec 09, 2016 $174,157
R&D Engineer IC Design VI Broadcom Corporation Santa Clara, CA Dec 09, 2016 $174,157
R&D Engineer Applications 6 Broadcom Corporation San Jose, CA Jul 09, 2016 $173,399
R&D Engineer IC Design LSI Corporation, An Avago Technologies Company San Jose, CA Dec 14, 2016 $171,939
Senior Research Development Engineer Microsoft Corporation Mountain View, CA Nov 01, 2015 $171,188
Senior Research Development Engineer Microsoft Corporation Mountain View, CA Jan 11, 2015 $171,188
R&D Engineer IC Design 6 Broadcom Corporation Irvine, CA Jul 09, 2016 $168,164
R&D Engineer IC Design 6 Broadcom Corporation San Diego, CA Jul 09, 2016 $166,146
R&D Engineer IC Design 6 Broadcom Corporation San Diego, CA Sep 18, 2016 $160,423
R&D Engineer Avago Technologies San Jose, CA Jan 29, 2015 $160,000
R&D Engineer, IC Design 5 Broadcom Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jul 22, 2016 $160,000
Lead R&D Engineer Eon Reality, Inc. Irvine, CA May 05, 2016 $111,550
R&D Engineer Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA Feb 26, 2015 $111,543 -
$186,543
Advanced Packaging R&D Die Stacking and Die Attach Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Boise, ID Oct 01, 2015 $111,138
Advanced Packaging R&D Die Stacking and Die Attach Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Boise, ID May 20, 2016 $111,138
R&D Engineer IC Design IV Broadcom Corporation Irvine, CA Sep 09, 2016 $111,049
R&D Engineer, SR. II Synopsys, Inc. Hillsboro, OR Aug 18, 2015 $111,000 -
$131,000
R&D Engineer, SR. II Synopsys, Inc. Marlborough, MA Jan 15, 2015 $111,000 -
$131,000
Staff Research & Development Engineer Biosense Webster, Inc. Irwindale, CA Aug 18, 2015 $110,614 -
$148,000
R&D Software Engineer Microsoft Corporation Burlington, MA Aug 25, 2015 $93,600
R&D Engineer Application 3 LSI Corporation, An Avago Technologies Company Colorado Springs, CO Feb 15, 2016 $93,475 -
$105,000
R&D Engineer Firmware LSI Corporation, An Avago Technologies Company Colorado Springs, CO Jul 27, 2016 $93,475
R&D Hardware Engineer Keysight Technologies, Inc. Santa Rosa, CA Jan 09, 2016 $93,441
R&D Staff Engineer Children's National Medical Center Washington, DC Jul 15, 2015 $93,422
R&D Engineer-Memory Compiler Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jul 15, 2016 $93,328 -
$168,328
R&D Engineer Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 08, 2016 $93,283 -
$168,283

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Top Skills for A Research And Development Engineer

NewProductDevelopmentRPrototypeLabTestProceduresMedicalDevicesHardwareCADSafetyLaboratorySolidworksProductLineFDAISOTechnicalSupportRegulatoryProjectManagementPCBC/C++ProductDesign

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Top Research And Development Engineer Skills

  1. New Product Development
  2. R
  3. Prototype
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed new product development projects while using design for Six Sigma tools.
  • Worked with manufacturing and design teams to develop Quality Plans to ensure product acceptability.
  • Developed new prototype next generation cardiac detection algorithms that increased sensitivity and speci-ficity while improving algorithm execution time by over 100X.
  • Generated written documentation of lab reports to document testing procedures and results.
  • Developed test procedures used in factories, and monitored manufacturing quality.

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