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Working As A Senior Industrial 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

  • $92,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Industrial 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 Industrial 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 Industrial Engineer Career Paths

Senior Industrial Engineer
Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Engineering Manager Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Industrial Engineering Manager Operations Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Quality Manager
Supplier Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Quality Manager Manufacturing Manager
Senior Manufacturing Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineering Manager Production Manager Processing Manager
Senior Process Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Manager Production Manager Manufacturing Manager
Lean Manufacturing Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Project Engineering Manager
Plant Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Senior Applications Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Process Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Industrial Engineering Manager
Factory Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Manufacturing Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Quality Engineer Quality Assurance Supervisor Production Superintendent
Launch Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Manufacturing Manager Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Manager Production Manager Continuous Improvement Manager
Manager Of Operations Excellence
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Process Engineer 3.4 years
Top Careers Before Senior Industrial Engineer
Engineer 1.4%
Internship 1.4%
Top Careers After Senior Industrial Engineer
Manager 3.9%
Consultant 2.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$92,000
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$70,000
Min 10%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$120,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Nvidia
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
5.1 years
How much does a Senior Industrial Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Industrial Engineer in the United States is $92,309 per year or $44 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $70,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $121,000.

Real Senior Industrial Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Industrial Engineer Gopro, Inc. San Mateo, CA Oct 04, 2016 $145,500
Senior Industrial Engineer ITC, Inc. Dunlap, IL Apr 28, 2016 $133,557
Senior Industrial Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Aug 02, 2016 $130,000 -
$140,000
Senior Supplier Industrialization Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Aug 17, 2015 $130,000 -
$140,000
Senior Supplier Industrialization Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 07, 2015 $130,000 -
$140,000
Senior Industrial Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Nov 28, 2016 $120,000 -
$130,000
Senior Industrial Engineer and Business Analyst AMCG (USA) Ltd. Alpharetta, GA Sep 09, 2015 $118,500
Industrial Design Senior Engineer Dell Products L.P. Austin, TX Sep 16, 2016 $117,000
Senior Supplier Industrialization Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 01, 2015 $115,000 -
$135,000
SR. Industrial & Operations Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Aug 25, 2016 $113,319
SR. Industrial & Operations Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Sep 13, 2015 $112,750
SR. Industrial & Operations Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Aug 26, 2016 $109,769
Senior Industrial Engineer 3M Company Meriden, CT Jan 22, 2016 $109,427
SR. Industrial & Operations Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Feb 09, 2016 $108,632
SR. Industrial & Operations Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Oct 01, 2015 $97,432
SR. Industrial & Operations Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Oct 01, 2015 $96,846
Senior Industrial Engineer Acutus Medical, Inc. Carlsbad, CA May 08, 2016 $96,429
SR. Industrial & Operations Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Aug 30, 2015 $96,317
SR. Industrial Engineer ONUR Ulgen, Inc. Dearborn, MI Oct 01, 2015 $95,605
Senior Industrial Engineer Staples, Inc. Framingham, MA Oct 31, 2016 $94,000
SR. Industrial Engineer Consultant CGN & Associates, Inc. Peoria, IL Jul 09, 2016 $94,000
Senior Industrial Engineer Skyworks Solutions, Inc. Parksdale, CA Jul 09, 2015 $92,830
Senior Industrial Engineer Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 03, 2016 $82,618 -
$108,700
Senior Industrial Engineer Qualcomm Mems Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 03, 2016 $82,618 -
$108,700
Senior Industrial Engineer Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Nov 30, 2016 $82,306 -
$108,700
Industrial Engineer-Senior Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Dec 21, 2016 $82,100 -
$99,800
Senior Industrial Engineer Trans Pacific Trade, Inc. Bingham Farms, MI Oct 19, 2015 $82,000
Senior Industrial Engineer Sears Holdings Management Corporation Hoffman Estates, IL Sep 14, 2016 $80,000
Senior Industrial Engineer Filtration Group, LLC Santa Rosa, CA Mar 23, 2016 $79,893
Senior Engineer, Industrial Engineering Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. Beaverton, OR Sep 11, 2015 $79,664

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Top Skills for A Senior Industrial Engineer

  1. Plant Layout
  2. Facility Layout
  3. Capacity Analysis
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Analyzed the capacity requirements for the cell and designed/implemented a new plant layout utilizing lean manufacturing concepts.
  • Designed facility layout in conjunction with Test Engineering and Facilities to efficiently produce products.
  • Performed capacity analysis, identified optimal new products, and launched change initiatives.
  • Selected from all industrial engineers after undergoing Process Improvement Team data evaluation process.
  • Identified cost savings opportunities throughout packing operations and proposed project to upper management, anticipating additional revenue and profitability.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Industrial Engineers

  1. Washington
  2. Massachusetts
  3. California
  4. Colorado
  5. Arizona
  6. Rhode Island
  7. New Hampshire
  8. Michigan
  9. Wyoming
  10. Delaware
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Senior Industrial Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

78.3%

Female

14.7%

Unknown

7.0%
Ethnicity

White

60.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.1%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

10.3%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.9%

Chinese

10.2%

German

6.1%

Japanese

6.1%

French

6.1%

Mandarin

6.1%

Portuguese

4.1%

Nepali

2.0%

Vietnamese

2.0%

Hindi

2.0%

Russian

2.0%

Thai

2.0%

Croatian

2.0%

Italian

2.0%
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Senior Industrial Engineer Education

Schools

Purdue University

12.9%

University of Phoenix

8.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.2%

Iowa State University

5.9%

Arizona State University

5.3%

Pennsylvania State University

5.3%

Texas A&M University

5.0%

North Carolina State University

4.7%

Kettering University

4.4%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.4%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.4%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.1%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.1%

Ohio State University

3.8%

San Jose State University

3.5%

Auburn University

3.5%

University of Central Florida

3.5%

Wichita State University

3.5%

Western Michigan University

3.5%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.2%
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Majors

Industrial Engineering

39.3%

Business

21.5%

Industrial Technology

8.4%

Engineering And Industrial Management

6.2%

Mechanical Engineering

3.5%

Management

3.2%

Manufacturing Engineering

2.3%

Operations Management

2.3%

Finance

2.2%

Engineering

2.2%

Systems Engineering

1.7%

Project Management

1.4%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.1%

Electrical Engineering

0.9%

Computer Information Systems

0.8%

Accounting

0.8%

Marketing

0.7%

Drafting And Design

0.6%

Engineering Technology

0.5%

Management Science

0.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.2%

Masters

39.2%

Other

7.3%

Certificate

2.4%

Associate

2.4%

Doctorate

1.2%

Diploma

0.2%

License

0.1%
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