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Working As A Senior Packaging 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

  • $91,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Packaging 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 Packaging 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 Packaging Engineer Career Paths

Senior Packaging Engineer
Engineering Manager Quality Manager Production Manager
Senior Production Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Project Manager Quality Manager
Supplier Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Applications Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Applications Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Test Engineer
Test Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Applications Engineer Senior Engineer Project Engineering Manager
Plant Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Packaging Manager Manufacturing Manager
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Packaging Manager Manufacturing Manager Research And Development Manager
Senior Manager Of Research And Development
12 Yearsyrs
Packaging Manager Purchasing Manager Manufacturing Manager
Research And Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Senior Design Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Senior Engineering Team Leader
8 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Software Development Manager Research And Development Manager
New Product Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Lead Engineer Senior Engineering Technician
Engineering Laboratory Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Manufacturing Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Technical Consultant
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Lead Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Software Engineering Manager Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$91,000
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$64,000
Min 10%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$130,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
Menlo Park, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
4.8 years
How much does a Senior Packaging Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Packaging Engineer in the United States is $91,700 per year or $44 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $64,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $130,000.

Real Senior Packaging Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Mems Packaging Engineer Qualtre, Inc. Marlborough, MA Jun 01, 2015 $125,000
Senior Packaging Engineer Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Apr 18, 2016 $123,000
Engineer, SR Staff-Packaging Broadcom Corporation San Jose, CA Mar 25, 2013 $120,100
Senior Packaging Engineer Xilinx, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 15, 2016 $118,000
Senior Packaging Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA May 20, 2016 $117,968 -
$137,000
Packaging Engineer, SR. Altera Corporation San Jose, CA Oct 01, 2014 $115,358 -
$118,371
SR. Packaging Engineer II, Metal Food Cans Del Monte Foods Company Walnut Creek, CA Apr 29, 2013 $115,000
SR. Engineer, Packaging Inphi Corporation Westlake Village, CA Sep 12, 2013 $110,000
Senior Packaging Development Engineer Smith & Nephew Inc. Andover, MA Aug 25, 2016 $108,139
Senior Packaging Development Engineer Smith & Nephew, Inc. Andover, MA Aug 31, 2015 $107,000
SR. Packaging Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Jan 06, 2016 $105,835 -
$127,939
SR. Packaging Engineer Medtronic, Inc. Santa Rosa, CA Apr 09, 2015 $105,810
Senior Packaging Engineer Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA May 18, 2015 $103,076 -
$111,645
Senior Packaging Engineer Belkin International, Inc. Vista, CA Oct 27, 2012 $102,500
Engineer, SR Staff-Packaging Broadcom Corporation Irvine, CA Jul 28, 2011 $102,000
SR. Package Development Engineer Spansion LLC Sunnyvale, CA Dec 02, 2014 $101,986
Senior Package Development Engineer Analog Devices, Inc. Wilmington, MA Oct 01, 2015 $101,958 -
$142,400
Senior Packaging Engineer Covidien LP Boulder, CO May 23, 2014 $100,727
Senior Package Development Engineer Analog Devices, Inc. Wilmington, MA Sep 10, 2014 $100,224 -
$112,400
SR. Microelectronics Packaging Assembly Process Engineer Allegro Microsystems, LLC Worcester, MA Feb 16, 2015 $93,787
Senior Packaging Engineer RF Micro Devices, Inc. Greensboro, NC Sep 12, 2013 $93,730
Senior Packaging Engineer St. Jude Medical, Inc. Westford, MA Nov 01, 2013 $93,000
Senior Packaging Engineer Edwards Lifesciences LLC Irvine, CA May 29, 2014 $93,000
Senior Packaging Engineer St. Jude Medical, Inc. Westford, MA Aug 15, 2012 $93,000
Senior Packaging Engineer St. Jude Medical, Inc. Westford, MA Mar 08, 2014 $93,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Packaging Engineer

  1. Package Development
  2. New Product Development
  3. Cost Savings
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed and implemented test protocols for evaluating new package configurations and established test laboratories for package development and material control.
  • Analyzed data, initiated appropriate Failure Analysis, and presented design recommendations to internal engineers during new product development.
  • Created and implemented packaging/material-handling systems to streamline operations, increase flexibility, and generate cost savings.
  • Create transforms for the vendor applications and customize them to Capital group environment using standard or custom actions wherever required.
  • Sequence Applications using App-V 5.0 and published applications Via SCCM to test machines and then to production environment.

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  2. Alaska
  3. Colorado
  4. Massachusetts
  5. California
  6. Washington
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Senior Packaging Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

72.3%

Female

17.1%

Unknown

10.6%
Ethnicity

White

56.7%

Asian

15.3%

Hispanic or Latino

14.8%

Black or African American

9.5%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.6%

German

11.1%

Mandarin

11.1%

Polish

11.1%

Chinese

11.1%
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Senior Packaging Engineer Education

Schools

Michigan State University

44.0%

Rochester Institute of Technology

20.3%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

6.5%

San Jose State University

3.4%

Syracuse University

2.2%

University of Florida

2.2%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

2.2%

State University of New York at Binghamton

2.2%

Arizona State University

1.7%

Lawrence Technological University

1.7%

Clemson University

1.7%

Cornell University

1.7%

Temple University

1.3%

University of California - Los Angeles

1.3%

More Tech Institute

1.3%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

1.3%

University of Wisconsin Extension

1.3%

New Mexico State University

1.3%

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

1.3%

Nova Southeastern University

1.3%
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Majors

Engineering And Industrial Management

31.6%

Business

11.1%

Mechanical Engineering

10.4%

Electrical Engineering

6.0%

Engineering

5.3%

Industrial Technology

4.8%

Chemical Engineering

3.5%

Industrial Engineering

3.2%

Materials Science And Engineering

3.0%

Management

3.0%

Computer Science

2.3%

Computer Engineering

2.3%

Drafting And Design

1.8%

Food Science

1.8%

Graphic Design

1.8%

Marketing

1.8%

Chemistry

1.6%

Project Management

1.6%

Systems Engineering

1.6%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.9%

Masters

26.0%

Other

9.6%

Doctorate

7.4%

Associate

3.1%

Certificate

2.7%

Diploma

1.3%
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