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Working As A Test & Development 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

  • $83,471

    Average Salary

What Does A Test & Development 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 Test & Development 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
Staff Engineer 4.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 4.1%
Top Employers After
Engineer 4.1%

Test & Development Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

83.7%

Female

11.7%

Unknown

4.7%
Ethnicity

White

60.2%

Asian

26.4%

Hispanic or Latino

7.6%

Unknown

5.1%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

German

24.0%

French

12.0%

Spanish

8.0%

Russian

8.0%

Mandarin

8.0%

Chinese

4.0%

Ukrainian

4.0%

Romanian

4.0%

Serbian

4.0%

Japanese

4.0%

Hindi

4.0%

Hebrew

4.0%

Cantonese

4.0%

Gujarati

4.0%

Italian

4.0%
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Test & Development Engineer Education

Schools

Northeastern University

10.4%

Illinois Institute of Technology

9.6%

Rochester Institute of Technology

7.8%

San Jose State University

5.2%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

5.2%

Santa Clara University

5.2%

University of Houston

5.2%

University of Texas at Dallas

5.2%

Arizona State University

4.3%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.3%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

4.3%

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

4.3%

University of Florida

3.5%

Polytechnic Institute of New York University

3.5%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.5%

National University

3.5%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

3.5%

University of Vermont

3.5%

Oakland University

3.5%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

45.5%

Mechanical Engineering

7.9%

Computer Science

7.6%

Computer Engineering

6.8%

Business

6.0%

Engineering

4.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.5%

Computer Information Systems

2.4%

Project Management

2.2%

Aerospace Engineering

1.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.6%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.4%

Finance

1.4%

Industrial Technology

1.4%

Information Technology

1.4%

Management

1.1%

Drafting And Design

1.1%

Engineering Technology

1.1%

Computer Applications

1.1%

Computer Engineering Technology

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.2%

Masters

35.4%

Other

13.2%

Certificate

2.3%

Associate

2.3%

Doctorate

2.3%

License

0.2%

Diploma

0.2%
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Real Test & Development Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Engineer-Software Development Test IV Godaddy.Com, LLC Sunnyvale, CA Jan 04, 2016 $155,000
Development Test Engineer Ericsson Inc. Santa Clara, CA Dec 19, 2016 $152,880 -
$154,523
Staff Test Development Engineer Sandisk Corporation San Jose, CA Oct 26, 2016 $146,000 -
$166,000
Staff Test Development Engineer Sandisk Corporation San Jose, CA Apr 06, 2015 $146,000
Engineer-Software Development Test IV Godaddy.Com, LLC Kirkland, WA May 29, 2015 $145,000
Firmware Test Infrastructure and Tools Development Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Milpitas, CA Oct 01, 2015 $139,500
FW Test Infrastructure & Tools Development Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Milpitas, CA Jul 20, 2015 $139,500
Staff Test Development Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Jul 15, 2016 $136,673
Engineer-Software Development Test III Godaddy.Com, LLC Kirkland, WA Aug 15, 2015 $134,166
Engineer-Software Development Test III Godaddy.Com, LLC Kirkland, WA May 19, 2015 $132,000
Software Test Development Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Mar 03, 2015 $130,000 -
$183,500
Engineer-Software Development Test II Godaddy.Com, LLC Kirkland, WA Jan 26, 2015 $125,000
Test Development Engineer Gotion Inc. Fremont, CA May 20, 2016 $120,000
Principal Engineer TD Test Development Engineering Globalfoundries U.S., Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 25, 2016 $119,688 -
$140,000
Test Development Engineer St. Jude Medical, Implantable Electronic Systems Division Sunnyvale, CA Jun 08, 2015 $109,767
Test Development Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Feb 02, 2015 $109,138
Test Development Engineer Headway Technologies, Inc. Milpitas, CA Aug 25, 2016 $108,992
Test Development Engineer Headway Technologies, Inc. Milpitas, CA Nov 18, 2016 $108,992
Test Development Engineer Western Digital Technologies, Inc. Milpitas, CA Nov 21, 2016 $108,992 -
$128,992
Test Development Engineer Neophotonics Corporation Fremont, CA Oct 24, 2016 $107,037
Software Test Development Engineer-Staff Invensense, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 19, 2015 $106,517
Test Developer Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Mar 17, 2016 $91,875 -
$111,875
Test Development Engineer Headway Technologies, Inc. Milpitas, CA Aug 19, 2015 $90,688
Test Development Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Aug 06, 2016 $87,500 -
$107,500
Test Development Engineer II Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Aug 27, 2015 $87,361 -
$110,000
Test Development Engineer II Sandisk Corporation Chandler, AZ Oct 09, 2016 $86,237
Test Development Engineer II Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA May 31, 2016 $85,529 -
$108,730
Development Test Engineer Servicenow, Inc. Kirkland, WA Feb 11, 2016 $85,426 -
$110,000

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Top Skills for A Test & Development Engineer

ProductsTestHardwareTestEquipmentTestDevelopmentSystemTestsTestProgramsTestPlansLabviewPCBWindowsC/C++RFTestMethodsTestProceduresFunctionalTestTestFixturesTestCasesAnalogICTestStation

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Top Test & Development Engineer Skills

  1. Products
  2. Test Hardware
  3. Test Equipment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created test matrices to implement tests for new products.
  • Develop and maintain Windows and Linux programs and drivers for external test hardware.
  • Design and implement software controller and custom hardware based automated test equipment for modem used with medical device.
  • Supported test development for multiple customer base with mixed product types.
  • Executed system test and verification plans as well as automated system tests for Android based devices.

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