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Working As A Senior Research 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

  • $98,844

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Research Engineer Do

A Senior Research Engineer leads a team of engineers to develop and implement innovative products and technologies. They also provide training and technical support.

How To Become A Senior Research 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 Research Engineer Career Paths

Senior Research Engineer
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Staff Engineer Senior Staff Engineer Project Manager
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Manager Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Product Manager
Product Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Staff Engineer Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Project Leader Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Business Analyst Product Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Program Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Manager Senior Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Product Manager Director Of Product Development
Vice President Product Development
12 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Technical Manager Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Product Manager Product Management Director
Vice President-Products
13 Yearsyrs
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Senior Research Engineer Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    74.6%
  • Unknown

    15.7%
  • Female

    9.7%

Ethnicity

  • White

    59.5%
  • Asian

    30.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    6.1%
  • Unknown

    3.3%
  • Black or African American

    1.2%
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Languages Spoken

  • Chinese

    16.7%
  • French

    13.6%
  • German

    10.6%
  • Spanish

    9.1%
  • Russian

    6.1%
  • Hindi

    4.5%
  • Mandarin

    4.5%
  • Korean

    4.5%
  • Japanese

    4.5%
  • Telugu

    3.0%
  • Carrier

    3.0%
  • Xiang

    3.0%
  • Portuguese

    3.0%
  • Dakota

    3.0%
  • Arabic

    3.0%
  • Turkish

    1.5%
  • Malay

    1.5%
  • Norwegian

    1.5%
  • Tswana

    1.5%
  • Malayalam

    1.5%
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Real Senior Research Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Research Engineer Netflix, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 20, 2015 $350,000
Senior Research Engineer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Jun 18, 2015 $320,200
Senior Research Engineer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Mar 02, 2015 $320,000
Senior Staff Research Engineer Chevron Corporation Houston, TX Sep 18, 2015 $270,419
SR. Research Engineer Baidu USA LLC Sunnyvale, CA Jan 08, 2016 $181,152
Senior Research Engineer Newracom, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 10, 2015 $168,000
SR. Research Engineer-Search and Recommendation Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Dec 09, 2016 $165,006
Senior Research Engineer Exxonmobil Upstream Research Company Spring, TX Aug 11, 2015 $163,488 -
$224,300
Senior Research Engineer Exxonmobil Upstream Research Company Spring, TX Sep 10, 2015 $163,488 -
$224,300
Senior Research Engineer Exxonmobil Upstream Research Company Spring, TX Sep 19, 2015 $163,488 -
$224,300
Senior Research Engineer-Internal Combustion Robert Bosch LLC Palo Alto, CA Jun 23, 2016 $159,517
Senior Research Engineer of Recommendation Systems Particle Media, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 30, 2015 $157,477 -
$170,000
Senior Research Engineer of Recommendation Systems Particle Media, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 01, 2015 $157,477 -
$170,000
Senior Research Engineer Ca, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 28, 2016 $157,477
Senior Research Engineer Nuance Communications, Inc. Burlington, MA Sep 08, 2015 $116,770
Senior Research Engineer Lockheed Martin Advanced Energy Storage, LLC Cambridge, MA Sep 30, 2016 $116,626
Senior Research Engineer Dealer Dot Com, Inc. Edison, NJ Feb 13, 2015 $115,750
Senior Research Engineer Dealer Dot Com, Inc. Edison, NJ Apr 14, 2015 $115,750
Senior Research Engineer The Board of Trustees of The Leland Stanford, Jr. University Stanford, CA May 01, 2015 $115,000
Senior Research Engineer The Board of Trustees of The Leland Stanford, Jr. University Stanford, CA Feb 23, 2015 $115,000
Senior Research Engineer Exxonmobil Upstream Research Company Spring, TX Jun 01, 2015 $114,700 -
$194,900
Senior Research Engineer United Technologies Research Center, A Division of UTC East Hartford, CT Aug 15, 2016 $103,792 -
$105,000
Senior Research Engineer Exxonmobil Upstream Research Company Spring, TX Dec 12, 2016 $103,605 -
$131,000
Senior Research Engineer Nalco Company Sugar Land, TX Sep 11, 2015 $103,413
Senior Research Engineer Insidesales.Com, Inc. Provo, UT Mar 20, 2015 $103,000
Senior Research Engineer 3M Company Saint Paul, MN May 08, 2016 $102,884
Senior Research Engineer Nalco Company Denver, CO Sep 14, 2015 $102,750
Senior Natural Language Processing Research Engineer Nuance Communications, Inc. Burlington, MA Sep 14, 2015 $102,482 -
$119,475

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Top Skills for A Senior Research Engineer

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Top Senior Research Engineer Skills

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You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Collaborated with a team of over 20 researchers to achieve outstanding results.
  • Conducted forensic and metallurgical analysis of fuel cells, reformer and system parts in both the field and the lab.
  • Launched and led new product and process improvement projects from laboratory concept through pilot and production scales.
  • Evaluated internal and external software for determining path losses between many public safety radios in public safety disaster relief scenarios.
  • Developed conceptual prototypes of battery packs and battery chargers for consumer devices.

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