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Working As A Senior Tooling 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

  • $83,470

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Tooling 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 Tooling 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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Average Length of Employment
Tool Engineer 4.5 years
Staff Engineer 4.3 years
Head Engineer 3.8 years
Product Engineer 3.6 years
Process Engineer 3.5 years
Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 3.6%
Mold Maker 2.8%
Architect 2.4%
Apprentice 2.4%
Top Employers After
Engineer 4.0%
Consultant 3.1%

Senior Tooling Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

93.2%

Female

3.7%

Unknown

3.1%
Ethnicity

White

81.2%

Asian

8.2%

Hispanic or Latino

7.0%

Unknown

3.2%

Black or African American

0.4%
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Languages Spoken

Mandarin

25.0%

Arabic

25.0%

Chinese

25.0%

Spanish

25.0%
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Senior Tooling Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.5%

Purdue University

8.5%

Vincennes University

6.4%

Pennsylvania State University

6.4%

Indian River State College

6.4%

Ball State University

6.4%

Indiana Institute of Technology

4.3%

Kettering University

4.3%

Ohio State University

4.3%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

4.3%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.3%

Triton College

4.3%

University of New Haven

4.3%

Orange Coast College

4.3%

Gateway Technical College

4.3%

Ferris State University

4.3%

Rock Valley College

4.3%

More Tech Institute

4.3%

Ashford University

4.3%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

2.1%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

25.0%

Business

12.5%

Management

7.8%

Precision Metal Working

7.8%

Industrial Technology

6.3%

Manufacturing Engineering

5.5%

Computer Science

5.5%

Engineering

3.9%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.1%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.3%

Drafting And Design

2.3%

Industrial Engineering

2.3%

Electrical Engineering

2.3%

Computer Information Systems

1.6%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

1.6%

Chemical Engineering

1.6%

Accounting

1.6%

Plastics Engineering

1.6%

Information Technology

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.8%

Other

29.9%

Masters

12.9%

Associate

11.6%

Certificate

2.0%

Diploma

2.0%

Doctorate

0.7%
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Real Senior Tooling Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Tools and Automation Engineer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Jul 10, 2015 $255,000
Senior Mobile Tools Engineer Pandora Media, Inc. Oakland, CA Oct 24, 2016 $160,000
Senior Tooling Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 17, 2014 $155,000
SR. Tools Development Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Sep 12, 2015 $150,000 -
$156,713
Senior Python Tools Engineer Skyhigh Networks, Inc. Campbell, CA Mar 22, 2016 $145,000
Senior Tools Development Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Oct 24, 2016 $140,000
Senior Tools & Automation Engineer DTEX Systems Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 13, 2016 $137,000
Senior Tools & Automation Engineer DTEX Systems Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 14, 2015 $137,000
Senior Build Tools Engineer Aditi Staffing LLC Beaverton, OR Jun 22, 2015 $135,655
Senior Build Tools Engineer Aditi Staffing, LLC Beaverton, OR Jan 06, 2016 $135,200 -
$136,200
Senior Tools Engineer Activision Publishing, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 02, 2015 $135,000
Senior Tools Engineer Activision Publishing Inc. Los Angeles, CA Apr 11, 2016 $135,000
Senior Python Tools Engineer Skyhigh Networks, Inc. Campbell, CA Jan 23, 2015 $131,269 -
$145,000
Senior Tools Development Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Dec 30, 2015 $128,232 -
$146,785
Senior Tools Software Engineer Nim LLC Menlo Park, CA Jun 27, 2016 $128,000 -
$158,000
Senior Tools and Devops Engineer Inovant, LLC Foster City, CA Jul 03, 2016 $121,693 -
$173,576
Senior Tools/Middleware Engineer AIG Global Services, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Nov 14, 2014 $120,000
SR. Tools Development Engineer Nvidia Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 16, 2015 $118,144 -
$122,386
Senior Tools Engineer Qiagen Redwood City, Inc. Redwood City, CA May 08, 2015 $112,674
SR. Tools Development Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jan 26, 2015 $110,094 -
$122,316
Senior Metal Tooling & Process Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 31, 2010 $110,000
Senior Tools & Devops Engineer Inovant, LLC Foster City, CA Jul 11, 2016 $108,858 -
$174,181
Senior Tools Engineer Qiagen Redwood City, Inc. Redwood City, CA Oct 01, 2015 $105,413

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Top Skills for A Senior Tooling Engineer

CalibrationFixturesBack-EndPalletsActivitiesCADConceptCostReductionInitiativesCNCProductDesignFmeaCatiaProductDevelopmentInjectionMoldsProcessImprovementProjectManagementProductionEquipmentISOProductionLinesTechnicalSupportKaizenUnigraphics

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Top Senior Tooling Engineer Skills

  1. Calibration Fixtures
  2. Back-End Pallets
  3. Activities
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Interfaced directly with the Project Leads and Software Development organizations on a daily basis to support their activities.
  • Utilized Computer Aided Design (CAD) techniques to optimize design efficiency.
  • Collaborated with design, manufacturing, and research personnel to develop concepts to adjustments pertaining to schedule issues.
  • Design hydraulic clamping fixtures for CNC machines.
  • Assisted customer product designers to reach profitable resolution to their issues.

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