What does a Lead Engineer do?

Engineers are highly skilled specialists who use math and science to solve both simple and complex everyday problems. They make use of new discoveries by taking relevant information from prior scientific discoveries and finding where they apply to the more practical settings and uses. Engineers' valuable innovations strive to advance the way humans utilize products or perform tasks. Engineers are the professionals directly involved in the invention, design, and the maintenance of various machines, structures, or data systems.

Engineers work with various objects and items, from massive construction project work sites to lending their expertise to development of the human genome. Often, they are responsible for the innovation and developments of new products or services, or a new type of technology or process. Engineers use science, technology, or math to solve problems and design machinery, build skyscrapers, and oversee public works. They also address society's needs and problems, including preserving clean water, development of drug delivery systems that work inside cells, or cleaning up oil spills. Engineers need a bachelor’s degree in engineering from a school accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and must pass the Fundamentals of Engineering and the Principles and Practice of Engineering exams

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Lead Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$115,304 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $115K
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Lead Engineer Career Path

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MEPF Engineer
Aug. 18, 2021

“Good training ground for junior professionals which is great and they will make you reliable handling your role on”

Master Engineer
Jun. 10, 2021

“Good for them and the stock holders but not so much for employees based in the United States.”

Software Reliability Engineering
Sep. 19, 2019

“I enjoyed my time there and I thought that the atmosphere was friendly and cooperative.”

Engineering Lead
Mar. 7, 2021

“CEO is an absolute pleasure to work with; he makes solid and quick decisions.”

Engineering Manager
Oct. 17, 2021

“Not the best place if you are ambitious and driven and looking for rapid career growth.”

Oct. 16, 2020

“For the most part really great and smart people which it’s a pleasure to work with.”

Dec. 5, 2019

“You'll be surrounded with intelligent people which is good for your learning and career growth”

Senior Engineer
Nov. 27, 2020

“Working with Honeywell is really worth and being a former employee I always wish to work with Honeywell”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a lead engineer

The most similar professions to lead engineer are:
  • Project Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Petroleum Engineer

The most common qualifications to become a lead engineer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.