INDUSTRIAL ENGINEER

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JOB DESCRIPTION

Design, develop, test, and evaluate integrated systems for managing industrial production processes, including human work factors, quality control, inventory control, logistics and material flow, cost analysis, and production coordination.

OTHER JOB TITLES

Continuous Improvement Engineer, Engineer, Facilities Engineer, Industrial Engineer, Operations Engineer, Plant Engineer, Process Engineer, Project Engineer, Quality Engineer, Research and Development Engineer (R and D Engineer)

JOB TASKS

  • Estimate production costs, cost saving methods, and the effects of product design changes on expenditures for management review, action, and control.

  • Plan and establish sequence of operations to fabricate and assemble parts or products and to promote efficient utilization.

  • Analyze statistical data and product specifications to determine standards and establish quality and reliability objectives of finished product.

  • Confer with clients, vendors, staff, and management personnel regarding purchases, product and production specifications, manufacturing capabilities, or project status.

  • Communicate with management and user personnel to develop production and design standards.

ANNUAL SALARY

  • Workers on average earn $42.76/hr. $88,950 annually.
  • Projected Growth (2019-2029)- Much faster than average (8% or higher)
  • Projected Job Openings (2019-2029)- 21,300

REQUIRED EDUCATION

High School/Equivalency – Bachelor’s degree/Advanced Degree

LOCAL CAREER SPOTLIGHT

DAN REDIGER

Head of Naval Operations

COMPANY DETAILS

Rolls-Royce Naval Marine

Rolls-Royce is a pre-eminent engineering company focused on world-class power and propulsion systems.

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I have long believed that hard work and an outgoing personality leads to a longstanding, successful career. At 12, I started my own lawn business and at 14, I started working at my town diner where I quickly became a waiter. Beginning in high school, I was given the responsibility of running the diner on weekends, an experience that enabled me to develop a lot of people skills which later complemented my love of math and science in school. While I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do, I realized that while I loved Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields, I did not have any interest in sitting behind a desk. After doing some research, I finally decided that Industrial Engineering would provide me with the flexibility to be technical and would give me the opportunity to interact with various people in order to be successful. Industrial Engineering was also the engineering degree that most often seemed to lead towards general management roles which I found fascinating. I enrolled at Ohio State University and completed my degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering 4 years later. I continued working through college at multiple internships and co-ops in various types of roles.

When I graduated, I joined Rolls-Royce in their leadership development program. This was a great way to complete multiple rotations in different departments and to establish a wide network within the company. I also had the fortune of spending 2 months in the United Kingdom and 1 month in Germany on behalf of the Rolls-Royce leadership development program. During the program, I learned that I wanted to work in manufacturing engineering rather than quality engineering, and I spent the next 2 years creating new production introductions and designing manufacturing methods. I loved developing a manufacturing method, going out to a machine, and proving that the method worked. After a few years at Rolls-Royce as an engineer and team lead, I was promoted to the manufacturing engineering manager position. My position now as Head of Naval Operations comes with great challenges, and I love that every day is different. Some days I am very operationally focused on delivery and operational budgets, and on other days, I am busy meeting with the Navy and our business development team, creating and planning future projects and programs. At the moment, Rolls-Royce Naval Marine is investing in brand new technologies that will provide the company with unique opportunities to enter new markets. I have several more years of projects to keep me challenged in this role, however, I do want to advance to a larger general manager role with additional breadth in the future.

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