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Working As A Staff Process 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

  • $113,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Staff Process 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 Staff Process 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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Staff Process Engineer Career Paths

Staff Process Engineer
Senior Process Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Project Manager Quality Manager
Supplier Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Manager
Senior Manufacturing Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Principal Process Engineer Principal Engineer Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Principal Process Engineer Principal Engineer Senior Engineering Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Principal Process Engineer Principal Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Process Engineering Manager Engineering Manager Quality Manager
Director Of Quality & Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Process Engineering Manager Quality Manager Processing Manager
Senior Process Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Process Engineering Manager Engineering Manager Manufacturing Manager
Manufacturing Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Manufacturing Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager, Process Development Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Test Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manager, Process Development Manufacturing Engineering Manager Product Engineering Manager
New Product Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manager Production Manager Continuous Improvement Manager
Manager Of Operations Excellence
10 Yearsyrs
Member, Technical Staff Senior Software Engineer Senior Quality Assurance Engineer
Quality Assurance Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Member, Technical Staff Radio Frequency Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Senior Engineering Team Leader
8 Yearsyrs
Member, Technical Staff Lead Engineer Senior Engineering Technician
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Engineer Lead Engineer Process Engineer Lead
Process Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Engineer Section Manager Production Superintendent
Launch Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Staff Engineer Project Engineering Manager Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Process Engineer 3.4 years
Top Careers Before Staff Process Engineer
Internship 2.5%
Engineer 2.2%
Manager 2.2%
Top Careers After Staff Process Engineer
Manager 4.1%
Consultant 2.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$113,000
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$89,000
Min 10%
$113,000
Median 50%
$113,000
Median 50%
$113,000
Median 50%
$113,000
Median 50%
$113,000
Median 50%
$113,000
Median 50%
$113,000
Median 50%
$144,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Lam Research
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Louisiana
Avg Experience Level
4.5 years
How much does a Staff Process Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Staff Process Engineer in the United States is $113,540 per year or $55 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $89,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $144,000.

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Real Staff Process Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Staff Process Integration Engineer Omnivision Technologies, Inc. Jan 09, 2016 $170,000
Senior Staff Process Integration Engineer Western Digital Technologies, Inc. Oct 24, 2016 $163,728 -
$183,728
Staff Engineer, Process Cheniere Energy, Inc. Sep 05, 2016 $155,000
Staff Process Engineer Chevron Corporation Aug 23, 2013 $155,000
SR. Staff Process Integration Engineer Sandisk Corporation Sep 03, 2014 $154,256
SR. Staff Process Integration Engineer Sandisk Corporation Feb 08, 2016 $154,114 -
$173,166
Staff Process Integration Engineer Sandisk Corporation Oct 01, 2015 $139,256
Staff Release Process Engineer Paypal, Inc. Apr 21, 2014 $136,168
Staff Engineer, Process Cheniere Energy, Inc. Sep 30, 2016 $135,500
Staff Process Integration Engineer Sandisk Corporation Feb 17, 2016 $135,200 -
$155,200
Staff Process Integration Engineer Omnivision Technologies, Inc. Jan 09, 2016 $135,000
Field Process Engineer, Staff Lam Research Corporation Oct 01, 2015 $134,900
Field Process Engineer, Staff Lam Research Corporation Jul 05, 2015 $134,900
Staff Process Engineer Lam Research Corporation Sep 01, 2012 $126,220
Process Engineer Staff Lam Research Corporation Dec 01, 2013 $126,000
Staff Process Integration Engineer Sandisk Corporation Oct 01, 2012 $125,000
Staff Process Integration Sandisk Corporation Oct 01, 2012 $125,000
Staff Process Integration Engineer Omnivision Technologies, Inc. Sep 01, 2013 $125,000
Field Process Engineer, Staff Lam Research Corporation Aug 26, 2013 $125,000
Staff Process Engineer Lam Research Corporation Sep 02, 2013 $124,653
Staff Engineer-Process Kulicke & Soffa Industries, Inc. Sep 09, 2015 $105,000
Staff Process Engineer Exterran Energy Solutions, L.P. Sep 10, 2014 $103,147 -
$135,000
Staff Process Engineer Santos GLNG Corp. Jan 04, 2011 $100,000 -
$300,000
Process Engineer Staff Lam Research Corporation Jun 20, 2011 $100,000
Staff Process Integration Engineer National Semiconductor Corporation Mar 28, 2011 $98,896 -
$147,690
Staff Engineer-Patterning Process Development IBM Corporation Sep 18, 2012 $97,788
Staff Process Engineer Intematix Corporation Sep 05, 2013 $95,000

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Top Skills for A Staff Process Engineer

  1. Etch
  2. Process Improvement
  3. Engineering Support
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Summarized and reported results, and conducted on-site customer experiments to optimize and troubleshoot etch challenges.
  • Identify strategic areas of process improvement to positively impact safety, quality, and operational efficiency.
  • Completed ASQ training December, 2004* Process engineering support of high-speed stamping operations for producing electronic connector components.
  • Consulted and provided key technical support for redesign of aircraft/jet engine customer machining facility to a lean, cellular manufacturing operation.
  • Provided troubleshooting and worked with fabrication and engineering areas to eliminate customer issues and improve process window.

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Top 10 Best States for Staff Process Engineers

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  3. Louisiana
  4. Arizona
  5. Massachusetts
  6. California
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Staff Process Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

69.4%

Female

23.2%

Unknown

7.4%
Ethnicity

White

52.9%

Asian

18.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.0%

Black or African American

9.7%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.3%

Japanese

23.5%

Chinese

5.9%

German

5.9%

Cantonese

5.9%

French

5.9%

Mandarin

5.9%

Shan

5.9%

Italian

5.9%
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Staff Process Engineer Education

Schools

Arizona State University

11.5%

University of Washington

7.7%

Texas A&M University

7.7%

Purdue University

7.7%

North Carolina State University

5.8%

University of Houston

5.8%

United States Military Academy

3.8%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

3.8%

Saint Edward's University

3.8%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.8%

Inver Hills Community College

3.8%

College of William and Mary

3.8%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

3.8%

University of California - Berkeley

3.8%

University of California - Riverside

3.8%

Lamar University

3.8%

Michigan State University

3.8%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.8%

University of Texas at Austin

3.8%

San Jose State University

3.8%
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Majors

Chemical Engineering

22.4%

Electrical Engineering

16.4%

Business

11.2%

Chemistry

7.8%

Materials Science And Engineering

5.2%

Engineering

5.2%

Mechanical Engineering

3.4%

Marketing

2.6%

Communication

2.6%

Environmental Science

2.6%

Materials Sciences

2.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.6%

Legal Support Services

2.6%

Accounting

2.6%

Management

1.7%

Biology

1.7%

Finance

1.7%

Engineering Mechanics

1.7%

Industrial Technology

1.7%

General Studies

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.8%

Masters

32.4%

Doctorate

11.0%

Associate

4.8%

High School Diploma

4.1%

Certificate

3.4%

Diploma

1.4%
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