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Working As A Senior Operations 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

  • $112,879

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Operations 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 Operations 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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Average Length of Employment
Principal Engineer 4.7 years
Staff Engineer 4.3 years
Senior Engineer 4.2 years
Head Engineer 3.7 years
Team Lead Engineer 3.3 years
Lead Engineer 3.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 7.3%
Consultant 4.2%
Manager 2.9%
Top Employers After
Manager 6.6%
Consultant 5.4%
Engineer 3.3%

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Senior Operations Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

88.2%

Female

8.7%

Unknown

3.1%
Ethnicity

White

55.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Asian

13.7%

Black or African American

11.4%

Unknown

5.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.0%

Portuguese

8.6%

German

5.7%

Carrier

5.7%

Arabic

5.7%

Chinese

2.9%

Gujarati

2.9%

Japanese

2.9%

French

2.9%

Malay

2.9%

Czech

2.9%

Hindi

2.9%

Cantonese

2.9%

Mandarin

2.9%

Polish

2.9%

Korean

2.9%

Italian

2.9%
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Senior Operations Engineer Education

Schools

Texas A&M University

8.7%

Pennsylvania State University

7.7%

Purdue University

7.7%

University of Phoenix

6.7%

Louisiana Tech University

5.8%

Strayer University

5.8%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

5.8%

Clemson University

5.8%

University of Washington

4.8%

Texas Tech University

4.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.8%

West Virginia University

3.8%

Central State University

3.8%

Drexel University

3.8%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.8%

Colorado Technical University

3.8%

San Jose State University

3.8%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.9%

North Carolina State University

2.9%

California State University - Fullerton

2.9%
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Majors

Business

13.4%

Mechanical Engineering

12.6%

Electrical Engineering

12.0%

Computer Science

8.5%

Chemical Engineering

7.1%

Industrial Engineering

6.6%

Management

5.7%

Petroleum Engineering

5.5%

Industrial Technology

4.1%

Computer Information Systems

3.3%

Computer Engineering

3.0%

Engineering

3.0%

Project Management

2.7%

Information Technology

2.7%

Management Information Systems

2.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.4%

Environmental Science

1.4%

Communication

1.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.2%

Masters

26.1%

Other

13.9%

Associate

4.6%

Certificate

3.9%

Doctorate

1.9%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.2%
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Real Senior Operations Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Engineer Advisor Production Operations Occidental Oil and Gas Houston, TX Dec 02, 2016 $200,000
Senior Cloud Operations Engineer Informatica LLC Redwood City, CA Oct 19, 2015 $175,000
Senior IP Architect and Operations Engineer Jive Communications Inc. Orem, UT Sep 11, 2015 $170,000
SR. DEV OPS Engineer Twilio Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 25, 2015 $160,000
Senior Operations Engineer Mozilla Corporation Mountain View, CA Dec 02, 2016 $157,900
Senior Operations Engineer Postrock Energy Corporation Oklahoma City, OK Sep 26, 2015 $155,000
Senior Operations Engineer Postrock Energy Services Corporation Oklahoma City, OK Sep 03, 2016 $155,000
Senior Data Operations Engineer Zipongo, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 12, 2016 $155,000
Senior Siri Hadoop Operations Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jun 15, 2015 $155,000 -
$175,000
Senior Operations Engineer Applovin Corporation Palo Alto, CA Sep 16, 2016 $150,000 -
$165,000
SR. DEV OPS Engineer Solarcity Corporation San Mateo, CA Nov 16, 2015 $147,500
Senior Operations Engineer SDG Corporation Norwalk, CT May 12, 2016 $145,000
Senior Engineer, Operating System Magic Leap, Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 01, 2015 $145,000
Senior Operations Engineer Cotap, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 30, 2015 $141,856
Senior Operations Software Engineer Aptimus Seattle, WA Jan 27, 2015 $120,000 -
$127,996
SR. Cloud Operations Engineer Saba Software Inc. Redwood City, CA Oct 01, 2015 $120,000
Senior Operation Engineer Checkster, Inc. Novato, CA Jul 11, 2016 $120,000
SR. PD Engineer-Development Operations Verizon Telematics Inc. Atlanta, GA May 23, 2016 $120,000
SR. Cloud Operations Engineer Saba Software Inc. Redwood City, CA Jan 10, 2015 $120,000
Senior Operations Engineer Simply Measured Seattle, WA Jul 16, 2015 $119,309 -
$129,309
Senior Analyst-Ecommerce Operations Engineer Macy's Systems and Technology San Francisco, CA May 18, 2015 $118,061 -
$120,000
Storage Operations-SR Engineer Fair Isaac Corporation San Diego, CA Feb 03, 2016 $117,998 -
$140,000
Senior Engineer-OPS Engineering Access Business Group LLC Buena Park, CA Apr 06, 2015 $106,850 -
$142,633
SR. Operations Engineer Electric Reliability Council of Texas Taylor, TX Jan 15, 2015 $105,581
Senior Market Operations Engineer Electric Reliability Council of Texas Taylor, TX Jan 07, 2015 $105,581
Senior Operation Engineer California Independent System Operator Corporation Folsom, CA Aug 20, 2016 $105,331 -
$111,000
Senior DB DEV OPS Engineer Wellcentive, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Dec 26, 2016 $105,000 -
$120,000
SR. PD Engineer-Development Operations Verizon Telematics Inc. Atlanta, GA Jul 11, 2016 $105,000
Senior Engineer, Siebel Operations Mastercard International Incorporated OFallon, MO Mar 28, 2016 $105,000
DEV OPS Engineering-Senior Engineer Fair Isaac Corporation San Diego, CA May 08, 2016 $102,294 -
$130,000

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  • Reported directly to Vice President of Operations on all procedures to maximize/restore production from legacy properties in preparation for divestiture.
  • Operated and maintained site-wide and facility -specific utility systems required for process manufacturing and day-to-day building occupants' requirements.
  • Ensured safety and environmental regulation compliance for all operations during testing phases
  • Reviewed the Users Guides for each new computer model to cover top service and support issues.
  • Supported business development activities, including technical support at customer design reviews and presentation of papers at industry conferences.

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