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Working As A Senior Project 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

  • $91,535

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Project 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 Project 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 Project Engineer Career Paths

Senior Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Strategic Sourcing
13 Yearsyrs
Project Engineering Manager Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Engineering Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Business Developer Business Development Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Operations Manager Account Executive
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Product Manager Sales Manager
National Account Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager Regional Sales Manager
National Sales Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Account Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior Consultant Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Program Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Chief Engineer Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Technical Manager Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Product Manager Director Of Product Development
Vice President Product Development
12 Yearsyrs
Project 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
Senior Engineer 4.3 years
Staff Engineer 4.3 years
Plant Engineer 4.1 years
Head Engineer 3.8 years
Project Manager 3.6 years
Product Engineer 3.6 years
Liaison Engineer 3.5 years
Packaging Engineer 3.5 years
Process Engineer 3.5 years
Component Engineer 3.5 years
Project Engineer 3.4 years
Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Advanced Engineer 3.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Division Engineer 3.2 years
Cost Engineer 3.2 years
Junior Engineer 2.1 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 5.4%
Engineer 4.4%
Consultant 1.8%
Top Employers After
Internship 4.0%
Consultant 3.8%
Engineer 3.2%
Manager 2.6%

Senior Project Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

79.5%

Female

16.9%

Unknown

3.6%
Ethnicity

White

71.1%

Asian

14.5%

Hispanic or Latino

9.9%

Unknown

3.7%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.8%

French

9.7%

Chinese

6.2%

Mandarin

5.8%

Japanese

5.0%

German

4.8%

Arabic

4.8%

Russian

4.1%

Italian

3.7%

Portuguese

3.7%

Carrier

3.5%

Hindi

2.9%

Cantonese

2.7%

Korean

2.1%

Vietnamese

1.2%

Urdu

1.0%

Romanian

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.8%

Gujarati

0.6%

Persian

0.6%
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Senior Project Engineer Education

Schools

Purdue University

8.0%

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

7.5%

Pennsylvania State University

6.8%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

6.3%

University of Phoenix

5.7%

Arizona State University

5.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.2%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.1%

Drexel University

4.8%

Michigan State University

4.7%

Texas A&M University

4.7%

Wayne State University

4.2%

Northeastern University

4.2%

Iowa State University

4.2%

Oregon State University

4.1%

University of Houston

4.0%

Villanova University

3.9%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.8%

Ohio State University

3.7%

University of Florida

3.7%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

25.6%

Electrical Engineering

14.0%

Business

12.0%

Civil Engineering

7.7%

Computer Science

4.6%

Chemical Engineering

4.4%

Engineering

3.9%

Management

3.3%

Industrial Engineering

2.8%

Computer Engineering

2.7%

Project Management

2.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.5%

Industrial Technology

2.2%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.2%

Finance

1.8%

Biomedical Engineering

1.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Aerospace Engineering

1.6%

Computer Information Systems

1.6%

Construction Management

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.7%

Masters

27.2%

Other

11.1%

Doctorate

3.2%

Associate

2.1%

Certificate

2.1%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.0%
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Real Senior Project Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Project Engineer Worleyparsons Group, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 22, 2015 $182,000
Senior Project Engineer HNTB Corporation Bellevue, WA Dec 03, 2016 $169,130
Senior Project Engineer (Risk & Safety) Environmental Resources Management Southwest, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 20, 2016 $165,000
Project Engineer Senior Staff Lockheed Martin Operations Support, Inc. Portland, OR Sep 21, 2015 $164,258
Project Engineer Senior Staff Lockheed Martin Operations Support, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Mar 12, 2015 $164,258
Senior Project Engineer Skanska USA Building Inc. New York, NY Jan 10, 2016 $163,125
Project Engineer Senior Staff Lockheed Martin Operations Support, Inc. Portland, OR Sep 21, 2015 $159,600
Project Engineer Senior Staff Lockheed Martin Operations Support, Inc. Portland, OR Sep 01, 2016 $159,600
Senior Project Engineer Kentz USA, Inc. Germantown, MD Sep 10, 2015 $150,000
Senior Project Engineer Mansego Inc. Houston, TX Aug 10, 2015 $146,474
Senior Vessel Engineer/Project Engineer Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 13, 2016 $146,364 -
$176,256
Senior International Project Engineer-Windows R&D or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 04, 2015 $143,012 -
$163,012
SR. Project Engineer OPEO Inc. Troy, MI Apr 27, 2015 $100,610
Senior Project Engineer Testek Inc. Wixom, MI Nov 19, 2015 $100,485
Senior Project Engineer Meritor Heavy Vehicle Systems, LLC Troy, MI Jun 23, 2015 $100,375
Senior Project Engineer Meritor Heavy Vehicle Systems, LLC Troy, MI Sep 01, 2015 $100,375
SR. Project Engineer Itasca Consulting Group, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Oct 01, 2015 $100,343 -
$129,394
Senior Project Engineer Martinrea Metal Industries, Inc. Troy, MI Jan 10, 2016 $100,000
Senior Project Engineer Sam-Construction Services, LLC Fort Worth, TX Aug 24, 2015 $100,000
Senior Project Engineer Baker Concrete Construction, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Sep 25, 2015 $100,000
Senior Project Engineer Nexant, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 29, 2016 $86,840
Senior Project Engineer FEV North America, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI May 08, 2016 $86,668
Senior Project Engineer Nexant, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 04, 2015 $86,507
SR. Project Engineer Servi Fluid Power Inc., FKA Servi Houston Inc. Katy, TX Jan 29, 2016 $86,507
Senior Project Application Engineer Invensys Systems, Inc. Webster, TX Sep 16, 2015 $86,507 -
$95,094
Senior Project Engineer Sellen Construction Co., Inc. Seattle, WA Sep 30, 2015 $86,500 -
$98,750
Senior Project Mechanical Engineer Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. Coopersburg, PA May 28, 2016 $86,000
Senior Project Mechanical Engineer Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. Coopersburg, PA Nov 16, 2015 $86,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Project Engineer

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Top Senior Project Engineer Skills

  1. New Product Development
  2. Project Management
  3. Facility
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Implemented process improvements and Lean initiatives at two assembly facilities and served as manufacturing liaison on New Product Development Teams.
  • Project Management: Provided leadership in identifying and resolving project, engineering, and communications issues.
  • Coordinated training of building systems between owner s facility personnel and appropriate subcontractors and vendors.
  • Work with manufacturing and assembly to assure machine quality, safety, and production schedule.
  • Supervised and developed overall project scope including engineering, project scheduling, budgeting, and procurement.

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