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Product Safety Engineers

Develop and conduct tests to evaluate product safety levels and recommend measures to reduce or eliminate hazards.   (O'Net 17-2111.03)

 
Reported job titles:   Chemical Detection Expert, Engineer, Extra Vehicular Activity Safety Engineer (EVA Engineer), Increment Manager, Leak Detection Engineer, Product Inspection Coordinator, Product Safety Administrator, Product Safety Associate, Product Safety Compliance Leader, Product Safety Consultant, Product Safety Coordinator, Product Safety Engineer, Product Safety Expert, Product Safety Head, Product Safety Lead, Product Safety Manager, Product Safety Professional, Product Safety Technical Assistant, Product Safety Technician, Product Safety Test Engineer, Product Safety Tester, Product/Industry Consultant, Safety Consultant, System Safety Engineer
 
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    Wages
    for Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors which includes:
                          - Industrial Safety and Health Engineers
                          - Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers
                          - Product Safety Engineers
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 18.00   $ 24.86   $ 35.84   $ 47.03   $ 57.24   $ 36.71  
    Yearly $37,440   $51,700   $74,550   $97,810   $119,050   $76,370  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 27.27   $ 32.74   $ 38.64   $ 45.93   $ 50.48   $ 39.16  
    Yearly $56,720   $68,100   $80,360   $95,530   $105,010   $81,460  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 17.38   $ 20.57   $ 31.66   $ 51.76   $ 60.50   $ 36.65  
    Yearly $36,150   $42,790   $65,840   $107,660   $125,850   $76,230  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors which includes:
                                  - Industrial Safety and Health Engineers
                                  - Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers
                                  - Product Safety Engineers
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 63 62 -0.2% 2
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors which includes:
                                - Industrial Safety and Health Engineers
                                - Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers
                                - Product Safety Engineers
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Construction of buildings 9.1%
    Heavy and civil engineering construction 8.8%
    Architectural, engineering, and related services 8.4%
    Chemical manufacturing 6.7%
    Local government, excluding education and hospitals 5.4%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Product Safety Engineers
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  • Investigate causes of accidents, injuries, or illnesses related to product usage in order to develop solutions to minimize or prevent recurrence.
     
  • Evaluate potential health hazards or damage that could occur from product misuse.
     
  • Participate in preparation of product usage and precautionary label instructions.
     
  • Recommend procedures for detection, prevention, and elimination of physical, chemical, or other product hazards.
     
  • Report accident investigation findings.
     
  • Conduct research to evaluate safety levels for products.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Product Safety Engineers  updated June 2007
     


    Knowledge
    for Product Safety Engineers
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  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
     
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
     
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
     
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Product Safety Engineers  updated June 2007
     


    Skills
    for Product Safety Engineers
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Product Safety Engineers  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
    for Product Safety Engineers
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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Product Safety Engineers  updated June 2007
     


    Work Activities
    for Product Safety Engineers
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  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization - Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others - Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Product Safety Engineers  updated June 2007
     


    Interests
    for Product Safety Engineers
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  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Product Safety Engineers  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
    for Product Safety Engineers
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  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Product Safety Engineers  updated June 2007
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Product Safety Engineers
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Engineer Vermont Secretary of State
    Office of Professional Regulation
    Board of Professional Engineering
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Product Safety Engineers
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  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
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  • Experience: A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Product Safety Engineers  updated June 2007
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Product Safety Engineers
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Product Safety Engineers 
     

     
     
     
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