Packaging Engineer

Packaging Engineer

Packaging engineers design packaging materials for food, animal health care, and other agricultural products such as chemicals, pesticides and seeds. They evaluate current packaging and create cost improvement strategies for both existing and new package design. Additionally, they coordinate with internal creative graphic designers, industrial designers, product engineers, global and regional marketing stakeholders, creative agencies and vendors.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Utilize computer and mechanical design tools to create packaging products
  • Create cost improvement strategies for package designs
  • Review preliminary production samples, and provide feedback to vendors on improvements
  • Communicate and coordinate with creative agencies and vendors
  • Have knowledge of packaging and shipping test methods
  • Utilize fundamental engineering, math and computer skills
  • Execute packaging experiments and plant trials
  • Be knowledgeable of packaging equipment/machinery capabilities  
  • Participate in equipment selection process and evaluation
  • Write finished product packaging specifications
  • Have knowledge of food packaging principles
  • Inspect packages to determine if packaging meets customer specifications
  • Ensure finished product quality
  • Find ways to improve efficiency in the packaging process
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, physics, computer skills, biology and mathematics.
Education/Training Required: 
A bachelor’s degree in packing science, engineering, logistics or food science is required for a job as a packaging engineer.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Food, chemical and seed production companies hire packaging engineers to design packaging for their products.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
Flexible Packaging Association Institute of Packaging Professionals National Food Processors Association
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$82,000
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