What does a Product Engineer do?

A product engineer is responsible for the design and creation of products. Duties include performing constant market analysis of competing products to determine and establish customer needs and requirements. Efforts are then placed into exceeding customer expectations for the benefit of the company brand. The typical career progression for product engineers is in an executive role.

A bachelor's degree in engineering or a related field is required of this position with most companies preferring a master's degree. Due to the job expectations of a product engineer, extensive experience as a product engineer in the industry is much valued. Candidates who excel as a product engineer are those who are familiar with the entire product development cycle and possess current knowledge of technological advancements to implement during the engineering phase.

  • Develop product ideas based on customer audience interests
  • Identify customer problems and create functional prototypes offering a solution
  • Coordinate prototype submissions with relevant personnel for approval
  • Perform market analysis on competing products and brands
  • Analyze market and industry trends and conditions
  • Analyze feasibility, cost, and return on investment for product ideas
  • Manage the budget requirements for projects
  • Oversee the mass production of successful prototypes
  • Master's degree in a related field preferred
  • Extensive experience in the area is desired
  • Portfolio of successful past projects required
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong knowledge of the industry and market trends
  • Creative and passionate about creating solutions to customer problems
  • Able to work efficiently with minimal supervision
  • Able to work in seated in front of a computer for long hours at a time
  • Flexible to travel to suppliers as required of the job
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Product Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$3,657 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $4K
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Product Engineer Career Path

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Price IndustriesPrice Industries
Product Engineer
16 Sep 2019

“Compensation is on the lower end of the spectrum within the manufacturing sector regarding product design and engineering.”

Clothier Design SourceClothier Design Source
Product Development
27 Mar 2021

“I was made to feel that my voice and opinion mattered and I was given the opportunities and tools to make improvements in my department.”

Ditium TechnologiesDitium Technologies
Product Engineer
20 Sep 2020

“Great camaraderie (work relationship and bond is good.”

Product Engineer
22 Jul 2021

“Really nice and smart people to work with.”

Product Engineer
23 Oct 2021

“Good and timely Pay.”

Product Development
22 Jan 2021

“I felt that my willingness and passion was taken advantage of and I had completely lost myself as a person.”

Pomelo FashionPomelo Fashion
Product Development
3 Jun 2020

“Wellness benefit and travel benefit is nice to have”

Product Engineer
13 Mar 2021

“Review and compensation is not that good”

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