We calculated that 7% of Senior Principal Engineers are proficient in Python, Architecture, and Hardware. They’re also known for soft skills such as Mechanical skills, Creativity, and Listening skills.
We break down the percentage of Senior Principal Engineers that have these skills listed on their resume here:
- Python, 7%
Increased customer satisfaction with quality by generating detailed report using Python scripting tools.
- Architecture, 7%
Provided architecture, designed and developed a VeUML Meta-Architecture maximizing the amount of automatically generated and validated code for Real-Time systems.
- Hardware, 7%
Conducted analysis study contracts, incorporated signal processing algorithms in FORTRAN VAX software processing packages and made recommendations for hardware development.
- Cloud, 6%
Defined pricing strategies to optimize profitability; mentored Solution Directors on Oracle Retail Cloud licensing and migration strategies.
- Java, 5%
Served in a critical role as project leader and principal developer for a pure Java version of the GeneTrack V4 product.
- Software Development, 5%
Performed initial audit on software development process through a primitive CMM checklist and questionnaire from Carnegie-Mellon.
"Python," "Architecture," and "Hardware" aren't the only skills we found Senior Principal Engineers list on their resumes. In fact, there's a whole list of Senior Principal Engineer responsibilities that we found, including: The most important skills for a Senior Principal Engineer to have in this position are Mechanical skills. In this excerpt that we gathered from a Senior Principal Engineer resume, you'll understand why: "Mechanical skills allow engineers to apply basic engineering concepts and mechanical processes to the design of new devices and systems." According to resumes we found, Mechanical skills can be used by a Senior Principal Engineer in order to "Coordinate design activities of Senior Assay Scientists, Embedded Systems, Hardware and Mechanical Engineers. " Another trait important for fulfilling Senior Principal Engineer duties is Creativity. According to a Senior Principal Engineer resume, "Mechanical engineers design and build complex pieces of equipment and machinery." Here's an example of how Senior Principal Engineers are able to utilize Creativity: "Launched FPGA deliverable 1 month ahead of schedule by utilizing advanced simulation and inventing unique debugging techniques. " Listening skills is also an important skill for Senior Principal Engineers to have. This example of how Senior Principal Engineers use this skill comes from a Senior Principal Engineer resume, "Mechanical engineers often work on projects with others, such as architects and computer scientists" Read this excerpt from a resume to understand how vital it is to their everyday roles and responsibilities, "Designed the backend components that directly communicated with the SQL 2012 database that housed the ERP data using Entity Framework 4. " A Senior Principal Engineer responsibilities sometimes require "Math skills." The responsibilities that rely on this skills are shown by this resume excerpt: "Mechanical engineers use the principles of calculus, statistics, and other advanced subjects in math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work." This resume example shows how this skill is used by Senior Principal Engineers: "Developed Java Applets for Frame Relay Statistics presentation. " Yet another important skill that a Senior Principal Engineer must demonstrate is "Problem-solving skills." Mechanical engineers need good problem-solving skills to take scientific principles and discoveries and use them to design and build useful products. This is clearly demonstrated in this example from a Senior Principal Engineer who stated: "Led DoD clients in the achievement of business objectives through the implementation of software and business process solutions. "
See the full list of Senior Principal Engineer skills.
After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming a Senior Principal Engineer. We found that 67.2% of Senior Principal Engineers have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 21.0% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While most Senior Principal Engineers have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's impossible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every nine Senior Principal Engineers were not college graduates.
Those Senior Principal Engineers who do attend college, typically earn either Electrical Engineering degrees or Mechanical Engineering degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for Senior Principal Engineers include Computer Science degrees or Business degrees.
Once you've obtained the level of education you're comfortable with, you might start applying to companies to become a Senior Principal Engineer. We've found that most Senior Principal Engineer resumes include experience from Northrop Grumman, Salesforce, and Dell. Of recent, Northrop Grumman had 515 positions open for Senior Principal Engineers. Meanwhile, there are 75 job openings at Salesforce and 63 at Dell.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, Senior Principal Engineers tend to earn the biggest salaries at The Bank of New York Mellon, Citigroup, and McKinsey & Company. Take The Bank of New York Mellon for example. The median Senior Principal Engineer salary is $179,560. At Citigroup, Senior Principal Engineers earn an average of $173,107, while the average at McKinsey & Company is $172,337. You should take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies.
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If you earned a degree from the top 100 educational institutions in the United States, you might want to take a look at Lockheed Martin, Motorola Solutions, and Raytheon Company. These three companies have hired a significant number of Senior Principal Engineers from these institutions.