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Working As A Senior 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

  • $101,588

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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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Senior Development Engineer Career Paths

Senior Development Engineer
Senior Product Development Engineer Project Manager Product Manager
Director, Product Marketing
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Product Development Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer Engineering Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager
Product Marketing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Staff Engineer Principal Engineer Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Product Manager
Senior Product Marketing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Program Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director Vice President Of Engineering
Vice President Product Development
12 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Program Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director Business Developer Product Management Director
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Staff Engineer Principal Software Engineer Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Principal Engineer 4.7 years
Staff Engineer 4.3 years
Senior Engineer 4.2 years
Team Lead Engineer 3.3 years
Lead Engineer 3.3 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 6.1%
Developer 2.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.1%
Manager 3.2%

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Senior Development Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

86.3%

Female

8.2%

Unknown

5.5%
Ethnicity

White

54.6%

Asian

20.4%

Hispanic or Latino

11.3%

Black or African American

8.7%

Unknown

4.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

21.6%

German

16.2%

Chinese

8.1%

French

8.1%

Mandarin

8.1%

Dakota

5.4%

Arabic

5.4%

Portuguese

2.7%

Vietnamese

2.7%

Dutch

2.7%

Japanese

2.7%

Carrier

2.7%

Cheyenne

2.7%

Urdu

2.7%

Cantonese

2.7%

Thai

2.7%

Hindi

2.7%
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Senior Development Engineer Education

Schools

University of Pittsburgh -

7.5%

Pennsylvania State University

7.0%

Rochester Institute of Technology

7.0%

Northeastern University

7.0%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.0%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

5.5%

University of Akron

5.0%

Stanford University

5.0%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

5.0%

Ohio State University

4.5%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.5%

University of Phoenix

4.5%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.0%

Michigan State University

4.0%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.0%

University of Connecticut

4.0%

Southern Methodist University

4.0%

University of Houston

4.0%

Iowa State University

4.0%

Oklahoma State University

4.0%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

23.1%

Electrical Engineering

19.1%

Business

10.4%

Computer Science

9.5%

Chemical Engineering

6.5%

Engineering

3.7%

Physics

3.1%

Chemistry

3.0%

Computer Engineering

3.0%

Materials Science And Engineering

2.9%

Management

2.2%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.8%

Industrial Technology

1.7%

Marketing

1.4%

Industrial Engineering

1.3%

Project Management

1.2%

Finance

1.2%

Biomedical Engineering

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.4%

Masters

35.9%

Doctorate

12.7%

Other

10.0%

Associate

2.4%

Certificate

1.9%

Diploma

0.6%
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Real Senior Development Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Pump Development Engineer Lintel, Inc. Santa Ana, CA Apr 22, 2015 $172,848
Senior Development and Operations Engineer Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Jan 08, 2016 $165,000
Senior Development and Operations Engineer Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA May 23, 2016 $165,000
SR. Strategic Development Engineer The Realreal, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 09, 2016 $165,000
Senior Development Test Engineer Ericsson Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 22, 2016 $163,000
Senior Development Operations Engineer Solarcity Corporation San Mateo, CA Apr 03, 2016 $156,600
Senior Development Operations Engineer Workday, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Jun 20, 2016 $156,000
Senior Development Engineer MSC.Software Corporation Newport Beach, CA Sep 04, 2015 $155,000
Senior Development Operations Engineer Fuzebox Software Corporation Palo Alto, CA May 01, 2015 $155,000
Senior Development Operations Engineer Fuzebox Software Corporation Palo Alto, CA Jan 05, 2015 $155,000
Senior Cloud Development Engineer Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA May 14, 2015 $155,000
Senior UI Development Engineer Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Apr 11, 2015 $152,776
Senior Algorithm ASR Development Engineer Knowles Electronics, LLC. Mountain View, CA Jun 15, 2016 $152,131
Senior Development Operations Engineer McGraw-Hill Global Education LLC East Windsor, NJ Jul 07, 2015 $145,000
Senior Development Engineer Honeywell International Inc. Phoenix Lake, CA Sep 15, 2015 $113,000
Storage Development SR. Engineer Dell Products L.P. Round Rock, TX Mar 02, 2015 $113,000
Senior Development Engineer Atmel Corporation San Jose, CA Aug 27, 2015 $112,393
Senior Development Engineer Smith & Nephew Inc. Mansfield, MA Dec 22, 2015 $111,238
Storage Development Senior Engineer Dell Products L.P. Round Rock, TX Sep 05, 2016 $111,000
Senior Development Engineer University of Massachusetts Medical School Shrewsbury, MA Sep 01, 2015 $111,000
SR. IP Development Engineer Microsemi Soc Corp. San Jose, CA Jul 29, 2015 $110,739
Senior Engineer, Development Sears Holdings Management Corporation Hoffman Estates, IL Oct 19, 2015 $110,000
Development Engineer-Senior HGST, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 29, 2015 $98,488 -
$118,800
Senior Developer-Reverse Engineer Cylance, Inc. Portland, OR Sep 13, 2016 $98,176
Senior Technology Development Engineer Midrex Technologies, Inc. Pineville, NC Dec 31, 2015 $98,000
Senior Development Engineer Milliken & Company Spartanburg, SC Sep 18, 2015 $97,760 -
$139,200
Engineer SR. Tools Development Nvidia Corporation Richardson, TX May 25, 2015 $97,531 -
$99,590
Senior Development Engineer Audible, Inc. Newark, NJ Sep 13, 2015 $97,375
Senior Development Engineer Audible, Inc. Newark, NJ Jun 13, 2016 $97,375
Engineer Senior Tools Development Nvidia Corporation Richardson, TX Jan 02, 2015 $97,365 -
$114,503

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  1. New Product Development
  2. Test Plans
  3. Computer
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  • Collaborated with customer and senior management on two major flagship new product development programs driving both to manufacturing production start-up.
  • Worked with suppliers to procure hardware, prepare test plans, design fixtures, and obtain FAA variance approvals.
  • Conceptualized and implemented computer controlled hot glass feeder, replacing cam-operated system for improved process control and glass savings.
  • Use of Oracle PL/SQL in database queries as well as scripts for creation of tables, packages and triggers.
  • Project: RF Design Tool and Optimization Tool Development, Automation of Report Generation, Auditing tool website development.

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