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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

  • $97,166

    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
Process Engineering Supervisor Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Plant Manager Sales Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Strategic Sourcing
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Plant Manager Project Manager Engineering Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Program Manager General Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Process Engineering Manager Project Manager Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Operations Director
Senior Director, Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Marketing Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Senior Project Manager Vice President, Technology
Vice President Of Global Operations
15 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Principal Engineer 4.7 years
Staff Engineer 4.3 years
Senior Engineer 4.3 years
Equipment Engineer 4.1 years
Plant Engineer 4.1 years
Head Engineer 3.8 years
Product Engineer 3.6 years
Process Engineer 3.5 years
Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Quality Engineer 3.3 years
Advanced Engineer 3.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Material Engineer 3.2 years
Chemical Engineer 2.9 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 4.7%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.6%
Manager 3.1%
Engineer 2.8%

Senior Process Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

79.9%

Female

14.5%

Unknown

5.5%
Ethnicity

White

67.4%

Asian

19.5%

Hispanic or Latino

9.1%

Unknown

3.2%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

30.4%

French

12.2%

Chinese

8.8%

Mandarin

8.3%

German

7.7%

Italian

5.0%

Portuguese

4.4%

Japanese

4.4%

Cantonese

2.8%

Dutch

2.2%

Arabic

2.2%

Hindi

1.7%

Korean

1.7%

Russian

1.7%

Carrier

1.7%

Polish

1.7%

Telugu

1.1%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Swedish

0.6%

Romanian

0.6%
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Senior Process Engineer Education

Schools

Pennsylvania State University

8.2%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

7.4%

Arizona State University

6.5%

Purdue University

6.3%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

6.0%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.9%

Northeastern University

5.2%

Texas A&M University

5.1%

University of Texas at Austin

5.1%

San Jose State University

4.7%

North Carolina State University

4.6%

University of Florida

4.4%

University of Houston

4.3%

Drexel University

4.3%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.1%

University of Phoenix

4.0%

Auburn University

3.6%

Michigan State University

3.5%

University of Utah

3.5%

Ohio State University

3.3%
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Majors

Chemical Engineering

30.0%

Business

12.2%

Mechanical Engineering

11.8%

Electrical Engineering

8.7%

Chemistry

5.4%

Materials Science And Engineering

3.6%

Industrial Technology

3.5%

Industrial Engineering

3.4%

Physics

2.9%

Engineering

2.6%

Management

2.3%

Project Management

2.1%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.5%

Finance

1.5%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.5%

Materials Sciences

1.5%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.5%

Plastics Engineering

1.2%

Computer Science

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.9%

Masters

33.4%

Doctorate

11.2%

Other

8.4%

Certificate

2.2%

Associate

2.1%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.1%
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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 I CB&I Inc. Houston, TX Feb 23, 2016 $155,750
Senior Process Engineer Exxon Mobil Corporation Baytown, TX Jul 18, 2016 $155,750 -
$263,800
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 Process Engineer Ch·IV International, LLC MD Sep 01, 2015 $145,000 -
$160,000
Senior Process Engineer Tel Technology Center, America, LLC Albany, NY Feb 16, 2015 $112,000
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
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
Senior Process Engineer Novomer, Inc. Rochester, NY Sep 19, 2016 $110,000
SR. Process Engineer Tel Technology Center, America, LLC Albany, NY Aug 09, 2015 $110,000
Senior Process Engineer Hospira, Inc. Rocky Mount, NC Jun 10, 2015 $95,534 -
$128,000
Senior Process Engineer Hospira, Inc. Rocky Mount, NC Mar 23, 2016 $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 Integration Engineer Global Communication Semiconductors, LLC Torrance, CA Jan 09, 2016 $95,000
Senior Process Engineer Tetra Pak Processing Equipment Inc. Winsted, MN Sep 09, 2015 $95,000 -
$120,000
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

FacilitySafetyProceduresProcessImprovementPSigmaStatisticalProcessControlRNewProcessDOEUnitsProjectManagementProcessDesignISOTechnicalSupportContinuousImprovementIDSFmeaProductQualityNewProductDevelopment

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Top Senior Process Engineer Skills

  1. Facility
  2. Safety
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed Process Flow Diagrams, facility cost estimate for Formulation and Packaging Equipment and prepared preliminary Packaging Equipment Layouts.
  • Assessed equipment safety, power consumption and energy efficiency.
  • Developed procedures for process setup for shift personnel.
  • Lead Process Improvement engaging Production team adopting Lean Six Sigma methodology and culture.
  • Influenced company partners to follow recommended equipment selection path by demonstrating high accuracy capabilities of next generation die mount equipment.

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