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Working As A Senior Process 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

  • $108,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Process 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 Process 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 Process Engineer Career Paths

Senior Process Engineer
Senior Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager Manufacturing Manager
Senior Manufacturing Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer Senior Quality Assurance Engineer
Quality Assurance Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Project Manager Quality Manager
Quality Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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
Project Manager Quality Manager
Director Of Quality & Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Manufacturing Manager
Manufacturing Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Process Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Group Leader Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Project Engineering Manager Plant Engineering Manager Industrial Engineering Manager
Factory Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Manufacturing Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Project Engineer Product Engineering Manager
New Product Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Project Engineering Manager Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Quality Manager Continuous Improvement Manager
Manager Of Operations Excellence
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Process Engineer 3.4 years
Chemical Engineer 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Senior Process Engineer
Engineer 4.7%
Internship 1.9%
Top Careers After Senior Process Engineer
Consultant 4.3%
Manager 3.9%
Engineer 3.4%

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Senior Process Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

76.1%

Female

14.0%

Unknown

9.9%
Ethnicity

White

52.6%

Asian

19.5%

Hispanic or Latino

13.7%

Black or African American

9.2%

Unknown

4.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

29.8%

French

12.7%

German

9.4%

Chinese

8.3%

Mandarin

7.7%

Italian

4.4%

Portuguese

3.9%

Japanese

3.9%

Russian

2.8%

Cantonese

2.8%

Dutch

2.2%

Korean

2.2%

Carrier

2.2%

Hindi

1.7%

Polish

1.7%

Arabic

1.7%

Telugu

1.1%

Swedish

0.6%

Vietnamese

0.6%

Romanian

0.6%
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Senior Process Engineer Education

Schools

Purdue University

7.7%

Pennsylvania State University

7.6%

Texas A&M University

7.2%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

7.0%

North Carolina State University

5.8%

University of Texas at Austin

5.7%

San Jose State University

5.6%

Arizona State University

5.3%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

5.1%

University of Florida

5.1%

Northeastern University

5.0%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.9%

University of Houston

4.2%

University of Utah

4.0%

Drexel University

3.5%

University of California - Berkeley

3.4%

University of Phoenix

3.4%

Auburn University

3.2%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.1%

Lehigh University

3.1%
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Majors

Chemical Engineering

32.3%

Business

11.7%

Mechanical Engineering

10.9%

Electrical Engineering

8.6%

Chemistry

5.0%

Materials Science And Engineering

4.0%

Industrial Technology

3.3%

Industrial Engineering

3.1%

Physics

3.0%

Engineering

2.9%

Management

2.1%

Project Management

1.8%

Finance

1.7%

Materials Sciences

1.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.6%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.5%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.4%

Plastics Engineering

1.1%

Computer Science

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.2%

Masters

32.7%

Doctorate

11.6%

Other

7.9%

Certificate

2.0%

Associate

1.9%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.1%
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How much does a Senior Process Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Process Engineer in the United States is $108,388 per year or $52 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $84,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $139,000.

Real Senior Process Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Process Engineer (SR. Staff Engineer, Process) Cheniere Energy, Inc. Cameron, LA Sep 18, 2016 $212,000
Senior Process Engineer Cheniere Energy, Inc. Cameron, LA Jan 20, 2016 $205,920
Senior Process Engineer Chevron Corporation Richmond, CA Aug 23, 2016 $183,000
Senior Supervising Process Engineer Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX May 13, 2015 $179,382
SR. Module Process Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 11, 2015 $175,000 -
$180,000
Senior Process Engineer Exxon Mobil Corporation Baytown, TX Jun 01, 2015 $174,400 -
$296,600
SR. Process Engineer Proplant Inc. Houston, TX Nov 02, 2016 $171,184
Senior Image Processing Engineer Gopro Inc. San Mateo, CA Jul 23, 2015 $165,000
Senior Platform Process Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Feb 16, 2016 $161,200 -
$187,200
Senior Process Engineer Exxon Mobil Corporation Baytown, TX Jul 18, 2016 $155,750 -
$263,800
Senior Process Engineer I CB&I Inc. Houston, TX Feb 23, 2016 $155,750
Senior Process Engineer Doris USA, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 17, 2016 $155,000
Senior Process Engineer Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX May 23, 2016 $146,640
Senior Photonics Process Engineer Neophotonics Corporation Fremont, CA Sep 16, 2016 $145,000
Senior Process Integraton Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Boise, ID Jun 29, 2015 $112,000
Senior Process Engineer Tokyo Electron Technology Center, America, LLC Albany, NY Feb 10, 2015 $112,000
Senior Process Engineer Tel Technology Center, America, LLC Albany, NY Feb 16, 2015 $112,000
SR. Process Engineer Solarcity Corporation Fremont, CA Dec 10, 2015 $111,400
Senior Process Engineer Lanzatech Incorporated Skokie, IL Jan 10, 2015 $110,330
Senior Assembly Process Engineer-I General Motors Company Pontiac, MI Mar 12, 2015 $110,004
SR. Process Engineer Lam Research Corporation Fremont, CA Apr 28, 2015 $110,000 -
$130,000
SR. Process Engineer DPS Group Inc. Framingham, MA May 24, 2016 $110,000
Senior Process Engineer Hospira, Inc. Rocky Mount, NC Mar 23, 2016 $95,534 -
$128,000
Senior Process Engineer Hospira, Inc. Rocky Mount, NC Jun 10, 2015 $95,534 -
$128,000
Senior Mems Process Engineer Kionix, Inc. Ithaca, NY Sep 21, 2015 $95,031
SR. Process Engineer Vallourec Star LP Youngstown, OH Aug 25, 2015 $95,000
Senior Process Engineer-BIW Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 01, 2015 $95,000 -
$115,000
Senior Process Engineer Tetra Pak Processing Equipment Inc. Winsted, MN Sep 09, 2015 $95,000 -
$120,000
Senior Process Integration Engineer Global Communication Semiconductors, LLC Torrance, CA Jan 09, 2016 $95,000
SR. Process Engineer IV Smith & Burgess LLC Houston, TX Aug 24, 2016 $94,966

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Top Skills for A Senior Process Engineer

  1. Process Improvement
  2. Product Quality
  3. Facility
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  • Maintained employee productivity and commitment by operating a collaborative team oriented environment, encouraging individual involvement in process improvements.
  • Identified & implemented technology, process improvements, and best practices thereby improving product quality and reducing manufacturing costs.
  • Performed detailed engineering design of large-scale monoclonal antibody manufacturing facility for Human Genome Sciences, Inc., Washington, DC.
  • Designed and implemented new company procedures and documentation that would allow future company growth and subsequent management systems.
  • Utilized process trend data, yield data and laboratory analysis data to provide statistical process control targets and acceptable operating ranges.

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