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Working As A Senior Product Development 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

  • $87,273

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Product Development 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 Product Development 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 Product Development Engineer Career Paths

Senior Product Development Engineer
Senior Mechanical Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Project Engineering Manager
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Operations Manager Account Executive
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Senior Project Manager Senior Account Executive
National Sales Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Business Unit Manager Manufacturing Manager
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Project Manager Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Account Manager
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager
Product Marketing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Chief Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Project Leader Account Manager
Strategic Accounts Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Director Of Product Development Vice President, Technology
Vice President Of Global Operations
15 Yearsyrs
Product Development Manager Business Development Manager Operations Director
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Product Development Manager Director Of Product Development
Vice President Product Development
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Program Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Principal Engineer 4.7 years
Principle Engineer 4.5 years
Product Engineer 3.6 years
Packaging Engineer 3.5 years
Advanced Engineer 3.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 3.3%
Internship 3.1%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.7%
Director 3.2%

Senior Product Development Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

85.0%

Female

10.1%

Unknown

5.0%
Ethnicity

White

68.5%

Asian

20.0%

Hispanic or Latino

7.3%

Unknown

3.5%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Chinese

17.3%

Mandarin

17.3%

French

13.5%

Spanish

9.6%

German

5.8%

Cantonese

5.8%

Japanese

3.8%

Greek

3.8%

Portuguese

3.8%

Carrier

3.8%

Swedish

1.9%

Danish

1.9%

Czech

1.9%

Turkish

1.9%

Hebrew

1.9%

Slovak

1.9%

Italian

1.9%

Russian

1.9%
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Senior Product Development Engineer Education

Schools

Purdue University

8.4%

Wayne State University

7.0%

University of Texas at Austin

7.0%

Drexel University

6.3%

University of Akron

6.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.3%

University of Illinois at Chicago

5.6%

Northern Illinois University

5.6%

University of Phoenix

4.9%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.2%

University of California - San Diego

4.2%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

4.2%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

4.2%

Michigan State University

4.2%

Northeastern University

4.2%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.5%

University of Connecticut

3.5%

University of Wisconsin Extension

3.5%

Pennsylvania State University

3.5%

Stanford University

3.5%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

33.0%

Electrical Engineering

14.8%

Business

12.7%

Engineering And Industrial Management

4.2%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

4.0%

Chemical Engineering

3.8%

Biomedical Engineering

2.9%

Engineering

2.5%

Management

2.3%

Computer Science

2.1%

Chemistry

2.1%

Project Management

2.1%

Materials Science And Engineering

1.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Finance

1.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.7%

Plastics Engineering

1.7%

Computer Engineering

1.7%

Drafting And Design

1.5%

Graphic Design

1.3%
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Degrees

Masters

40.6%

Bachelors

40.6%

Other

8.0%

Doctorate

5.4%

Associate

2.5%

Certificate

2.3%

Diploma

0.5%
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Real Senior Product Development Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Software Product Development Engineer, Senior Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 08, 2016 $148,000
Software Product Development Engineer, Senior Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 20, 2016 $148,000
SR. Engineer, Drug Product Process Development Moderna Therapeutics, Inc. Cambridge, MA Jun 06, 2016 $130,000
SR. Engineer, Drug Product Process Development Moderna Therapeutics, Inc. Cambridge, MA Sep 06, 2016 $130,000
Senior Product Development Satellite Engineer Teknovation Services LLC Orlando, FL Aug 21, 2016 $126,000
Senior Product Development Engineer U.S. Steel Tubular Products, Inc. Houston, TX Dec 16, 2016 $125,580
Senior Product Development Engineer-Dev OPS Verizon Data Services LLC Palo Alto, CA Aug 08, 2016 $125,000
Senior RF Product Development Engineer ACCO Semiconductor, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 11, 2016 $125,000
Senior Product Development Engineer-Software Development Verizon Data Services LLC San Diego, CA Feb 15, 2016 $125,000
Senior Platform Product Development Engineer Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 12, 2016 $124,675 -
$143,000
Senior Platform Product Development Engineer Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 08, 2016 $124,675 -
$143,000
Senior Product Development Satellite Engineer Teknovation Services LLC Orlando, FL Apr 20, 2015 $120,000
Senior Product Development Satellite Engineer Teknovation Services LLC Orlando, FL Sep 18, 2015 $120,000
Senior Product Development Engineer (Multiple Openings) U.S. Steel Tubular Products, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 15, 2015 $120,000
Product Development Engineer, SNR Team Lead Altair Productdesign, Inc. Lisle, IL Jul 12, 2015 $100,176
SR. Product Development Engineer Santa Cruz Bicycles, Inc. Santa Cruz, CA Jul 26, 2015 $100,000
Senior Product Development Engineer Heat Transfer Products Group LLC Duluth, GA Jul 06, 2016 $99,450 -
$109,450
Product Development Engineer SR Team Lead Navistar, Inc. Lisle, IL Sep 30, 2016 $98,800 -
$112,765
Senior Product Development Engineer 3M Company Saint Paul, MN May 08, 2016 $96,627
Senior Product Development Engineer 3M Company Saint Paul, MN Jan 08, 2016 $96,513
SR. Product Engineer, R&D Ever Quantum, Inc. Bethesda, MD Aug 28, 2016 $96,000
Product Development Engineer Senior Team Lead Navistar, Inc. Lisle, IL Jan 24, 2015 $95,577 -
$112,640
Senior Product Development Engineer Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) Austin, TX Nov 18, 2016 $90,147 -
$133,900
SR. Product Development Engineer King Systems Corporation Noblesville, IN Sep 30, 2016 $89,761
SR. Product Development Engineer King Systems Corporation Noblesville, IN Jan 13, 2015 $88,000
SR. Product Development Engineer 3M Company Saint Paul, MN Feb 10, 2016 $87,828
Senior Product Development Engineer Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Austin, TX Dec 05, 2016 $87,358 -
$132,000
Senior Product Development Engineer Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Austin, TX May 12, 2016 $87,358 -
$132,000
Senior Product Development Engineer II Superior Essex International LP Kennesaw, GA Feb 19, 2016 $86,590 -
$99,693

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Top Skills for A Senior Product Development Engineer

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Top Senior Product Development Engineer Skills

  1. New Product Development
  2. Medical Devices
  3. Concept Development
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Participate in interdepartmental teams for new product development.
  • Set up procedures for class 1 & 2 medical devices.
  • Manage development and risk through FMEA and DVP&R.
  • Project is completed and going for QA testing.
  • Originated and launched all-new supercharger product line.

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