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Industrial Plant Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

An Industrial Plant Engineer plans, designs, installs, and maintains industrial production plant facilities. Estimates production costs and performs feasibility studies in order to advise management on investment in new plants.

Job Outlook

There were 82 Industrial Plant Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 3697 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Industrial Engineer industry, which includes the Industrial Plant Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Industrial Plant Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $86,029.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $89,964.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Industrial Plant Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $77,850.

Education and Experience

Posted Industrial Plant Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree4.9%
Bachelor's Degree71.11%
Master's Degree8.25%
Doctoral Degree0.92%
Other11.2%

Posted Industrial Plant Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years23.84%
3 to 5 years58.75%
6 to 8 years10.06%
9+ years7.35%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Industrial Plant Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Operations (52.39%)
  • Communication (43.93%)
  • Management (40.63%)
  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving) (34.22%)
  • Problem Solving (32.86%)
  • Leadership (22.29%)
  • Planning (22.02%)
  • Writing (20.88%)
  • Budgeting (18.42%)
  • Analytical Skills (16.04%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Project Management (43.7%)
  • Mechanical Engineering (22.77%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Cost Control (12.56%)
  • Equipment Maintenance (13.41%)
  • AutoCAD (11.78%)
  • Project Engineering (18.79%)
  • Project Implementation (13.02%)
  • Absorption Refrigeration (9.94%)
  • Technical Support (14.8%)
  • Auditing (7.64%)
  • Accounting (14.74%)
  • Automation (5.35%)
  • Food Safety And Sanitation (18.39%)
  • HVAC (16.28%)
  • Boilers (11.84%)
  • Regulatory Compliance (16.94%)
  • ASME Boiler And Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC) (13.26%)
  • Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (9.85%)
  • Electrical Engineering (11.93%)
  • Construction (6.55%)
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (17.61%)
  • Purchasing (17.4%)
  • Process Engineering (7.73%)
  • Chemical Engineering (8.97%)
  • Continuous Improvement Process (8.37%)
  • Procurement (6.55%)
  • Facility Operations (12.68%)
  • Economics (12.32%)
  • Engineering Support (15.49%)
  • Hazard Analysis And Critical Control Points (HACCP) (12.87%)
  • Turbines (3.78%)
  • Industrial Engineering (10.42%)
  • Microsoft Project (13.8%)
  • Wastewater (13.65%)
  • Preventive Maintenance (9.76%)
  • Machinery (9%)
  • Programmable Logic Controllers (9.42%)
  • Lean Manufacturing (7.64%)
  • New Product Development (4.77%)
  • Safety Training (12.78%)
  • Environment Health And Safety (8.03%)
  • Process Improvement (9.51%)
  • Root Cause Analysis (11.96%)
  • Commissioning (7.04%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Optical Test Equipment (4.05%)
  • Optical Power Meters (4.05%)
  • Fiber Light Identifiers (4.05%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Industrial Plant Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Plant Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Power Plant Engineer
  • ISP Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Plant Operations Engineer
  • Packaging Engineer
  • Outside Plant Engineer
  • Engineering Intern
  • Operations Engineer

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Industrial Plant Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Stratas Foods (391)
  • The Judge Group (172)
  • Spectrum (133)
  • Prime Healthcare Services (86)
  • Disability Solutions (49)
  • Actalent (47)
  • Kaiser Permanente (45)
  • Windstream (41)
  • Standardaero (31)
  • Linde (26)

North Carolina

  • Spectrum (10)
  • The Judge Group (9)
  • Smithfield Foods (5)
  • Pfizer (4)
  • Biogen (3)
  • Novant Health (2)
  • UPS (2)
  • Smithfield (2)
  • LP Building Solutions (2)
  • Kennametal (2)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!