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Become A Senior Project Engineer

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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

A Senior Project Engineer supervises all engineering and technical aspects regarding the assigned project. They also document and analyze project needs, goals, and objectives.

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.


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.


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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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Japanese

  • German

  • Arabic

  • Russian

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Carrier

  • Hindi

  • Cantonese

  • Korean

  • Vietnamese

  • Urdu

  • Romanian

  • Ukrainian

  • Gujarati

  • Persian

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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
Senior Project Engineer Skanska USA Building Inc. New York, NY Jan 10, 2016 $163,125
SR. Telecom Project Engineer Quadgen Wireless Solutions, Inc. King of Prussia, PA Jan 07, 2016 $150,000
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 -
Senior International Project Engineer-Windows R&D or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 04, 2015 $143,012 -
Senior Network Projects Engineer Latitude 36, Inc. Atlanta, GA Apr 08, 2016 $141,916
Senior TMC Project Engineer Tri-Sen Systems Webster, TX Feb 10, 2015 $140,483
SR. Project Engineer, Hardware Rockwell Automation, Inc. Mayfield Heights, OH Sep 15, 2016 $137,917
Senior Project Engineer RK and K King of Prussia, PA Jan 02, 2016 $101,525
Senior Project Engineer Bunger Steel Inc. Phoenix, AZ Aug 14, 2016 $101,500
Senior Project Engineer Bridgestone Americas, Inc. Akron, OH Sep 15, 2015 $101,380
Senior Project Engineer-Engine Calibration AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc. Plymouth, MI Jan 12, 2015 $101,300 -
Senior Project Engineer Lehigh Hanson, Inc. Irving, TX Aug 24, 2016 $101,296
Senior Project Engineer-Interiors Bartech Group, Inc. Dearborn, MI Apr 25, 2016 $101,220
SR. Project Engineer B/E Aerospace, Inc. Medley, FL Jun 27, 2016 $101,059
Senior Project Engineer Corning Incorporated Corning, NY Dec 09, 2015 $101,055
Senior Project Engineer Standard Motor Products Inc. Greenville, SC Dec 21, 2016 $87,895 -
Senior Project Engineering Coordinator Solar Turbines Incorporated Houston, TX Mar 15, 2015 $87,700
Senior Project Engineer-Structures Edminster Hinshaw Russ & Associates Inc. Houston, TX Aug 12, 2015 $87,568
Senior Project Engineer Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. Kansas City, MO Dec 15, 2015 $87,445
Senior Project Engineer Lehigh Hanson, Inc. Irving, TX Aug 21, 2015 $87,400 -
Senior Project Engineer Covidien LP Chicopee, MA Jun 02, 2015 $87,360
Senior Project Engineer Intertek Testing Services Na, Inc. Fairfield, NJ Oct 20, 2015 $87,339

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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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