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Product Safety Engineer

Overview: Product safety engineers develop and conduct tests to evaluate product safety levels & recommend design changes to reduce or eliminate hazards. They investigate causes of accidents, injuries and illnesses that may have resulted from product usage. They design product instructions and labels.
Duties: They establish procedures for the detection and elimination of physical and chemical hazards and the evidence of potentially toxic effects on the buyers or users of a product. Analyze the causes of complaints or accidents occurring from the usage of their organization's products. Determine whether the accidents are due to engineering design or misuse of the product. Design experiments to test the buyers' understanding of the product, its use and what hazards and risks arise from usage. They determine buyers' ability to implement product instructions. Make recommendations for product redesign based on the analysis of accidents. Decide whether products should be "re-called" from the market place. They redesign product instructions for users.
Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
Job Outlook: Employment of product safety engineers is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018. Because health and safety engineers make production processes and products as safe as possible, their services should be in demand as concern increases with new technology for health and safety within work environments.
Salary Range (National Average): $46,000 to $52,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and industrial design is the usual basic educational requirement for this occupation. Courses in human factors psychology, materials engineering, industrial health and safety, and computer applications are essential. All states require registration of product safety engineers.
Advancement Info: Beginning engineering graduates usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers and, in large companies, also may receive formal classroom or seminar-type training. As new engineers gain knowledge and experience, they are assigned more difficult projects with greater independence to develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions. Engineers may advance to become technical specialists or to supervise a staff or team of engineers and technicians. Some may eventually become engineering managers or enter other managerial or sales jobs.
Recommended Skills:
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • Inspecting and testing products or services to assure they meet the desired specifications.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.