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Working As A 3D Designer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • $59,500

    Average Salary

What Does A 3D Designer Do

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

Duties

Mechanical engineers typically do the following:

  • Analyze problems to see how mechanical and thermal devices might help solve a particular problem
  • Design or redesign mechanical and thermal devices or subsystems, using analysis and computer-aided design
  • Develop and test prototypes of devices they design
  • Analyze the test results and change the design or system as needed
  • Oversee the manufacturing process for the device

Mechanical engineers design and oversee the manufacture of many products ranging from medical devices to new batteries.

Mechanical engineers design power-producing machines, such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines, as well as power-using machines, such as refrigeration and air-conditioning systems.

Mechanical engineers design other machines inside buildings, such as elevators and escalators. They also design material-handling systems, such as conveyor systems and automated transfer stations.

Like other engineers, mechanical engineers use computers extensively. Mechanical engineers are routinely responsible for the integration of sensors, controllers, and machinery. Computer technology helps mechanical engineers create and analyze designs, run simulations and test how a machine is likely to work, interact with connected systems, and generate specifications for parts.

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How To Become A 3D Designer

Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineers who sell services publicly must be licensed in all states and the District of Columbia.

Education

Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineering programs usually include courses in mathematics and life and physical sciences, as well as engineering and design courses. Mechanical engineering technology programs focus less on theory and more on the practical application of engineering principles. They may emphasize internships and co-ops to prepare students for work in industry.

Some colleges and universities offer 5-year programs that allow students to obtain both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. Some 5-year or even 6-year cooperative plans combine classroom study with practical work, enabling students to gain valuable experience and earn money to finance part of their education.

ABET accredits programs in engineering and engineering technology. Most employers prefer to hire students from an accredited program. A degree from an ABET-accredited program is usually necessary to become a licensed professional engineer.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Mechanical engineers design and build complex pieces of equipment and machinery. A creative mind is essential for this kind of work.

Listening skills. Mechanical engineers often work on projects with others, such as architects and computer scientists. They must listen to and analyze different approaches made by other experts to complete the task at hand.

Math skills. Mechanical engineers use the principles of calculus, statistics, and other advanced subjects in math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Mechanical skills. Mechanical skills allow engineers to apply basic engineering concepts and mechanical processes to the design of new devices and systems.

Problem-solving skills. Mechanical engineers need good problem-solving skills to take scientific discoveries and use them to design and build useful products.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as a mechanical engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education to renew their licenses every year. Most states recognize licensure from other states, as long as the other state’s licensing requirements meet or exceed their own licensing requirements.

Several professional organizations offer a variety of certification programs for engineers to demonstrate competency in specific fields of mechanical engineering.

Advancement

A Ph.D. is essential for engineering faculty positions in higher education, as well as for some research and development programs. Mechanical engineers may earn graduate degrees in engineering or business administration to learn new technology, broaden their education, and enhance their project management skills. Mechanical engineers may become administrators or managers after obtaining the requisite experience.

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3D Designer Career Paths

3D Designer
Design Engineer Project Engineer Construction Manager
Commissioning Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Web Designer Marketing Director Owner
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Art Director Design Manager Engineering Manager
Contracting Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Structural Designer Senior Designer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
3D Artist Lead Artist Art Director
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Motion Graphics Designer Creative Director Senior Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Structural Designer Design Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Architectural Designer Project Coordinator Assistant Project Manager
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Motion Graphics Designer Art Director Freelance Designer
Lead Designer
5 Yearsyrs
Electrical Designer Senior Designer Design Engineer
Lead Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Art Director Project Manager Engineering Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Marketing Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Electrical Designer Electrical Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
3D Artist Art Director Freelance Designer
Senior Designer
6 Yearsyrs
Artist Interior Designer Senior Designer
Senior Designer/Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Mechanical Engineer
Senior Mechanical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Design Engineer Project Engineer
Senior Project Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Artist Designer Structural Designer
Senior Structural Designer
13 Yearsyrs
Web Designer General Manager Owner/Operator
Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
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3D Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

79.8%

Female

17.4%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

73.8%

Hispanic or Latino

11.7%

Asian

10.3%

Unknown

3.5%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.2%

French

17.6%

Japanese

11.8%

Portuguese

5.9%

Chinese

5.9%

Mandarin

5.9%

Thai

5.9%

Italian

5.9%
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3D Designer Education

Schools

Savannah College of Art and Design

19.1%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

8.8%

School of Visual Arts

7.4%

Full Sail University

5.9%

Academy of Art University

4.4%

Miami International University of Art and Design

4.4%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.4%

Art Center College of Design

4.4%

University of Houston

4.4%

Houston Community College

4.4%

Art Institute of Colorado

4.4%

Pratt Institute-Main

4.4%

Art Institutes International Minnesota

2.9%

Arizona State University

2.9%

Ringling College of Art and Design

2.9%

Oakland University

2.9%

Mission College

2.9%

Youngstown State University

2.9%

Oregon State University

2.9%

Art Institute of Philadelphia

2.9%
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Majors

Graphic Design

21.0%

Drafting And Design

12.3%

Animation

11.6%

Fine Arts

8.3%

Computer Science

6.5%

Mechanical Engineering

5.1%

Computer Applications

5.1%

Architecture

5.1%

Design And Visual Communication

3.3%

Business

2.9%

Photography

2.5%

Interior Design

2.5%

Environmental Design

2.2%

Engineering

1.8%

Communication

1.8%

Civil Engineering

1.8%

Electrical Engineering

1.8%

Entertainment Business

1.4%

Industrial Technology

1.4%

Architectural Technology

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.0%

Other

20.9%

Masters

15.2%

Associate

14.6%

Certificate

4.9%

Diploma

2.2%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Real 3D Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior 3D Designer Bechtel Oil, Gas &Amp; Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2011 $126,422 -
$175,620
3D Designer Rockwell Architecture, Planning and Design P.C. New York, NY Oct 28, 2016 $87,000
3D Designer Charlex, Inc. New York, NY Sep 21, 2015 $85,000
3D Designer Local Projects LLC New York, NY Jul 20, 2016 $83,000
3D Designer Brooklyn Guild LLC New York, NY Jan 18, 2016 $80,000
Senior 3D Designer Walter Dorwin Teague Associates (Washington), Inc. Everett, WA Oct 07, 2010 $75,000
3D Designer La Unit Eleven, LLC Los Angeles, CA May 20, 2010 $73,045
Senior 3D Designer Sparks Exhibits & Environments Ltd Santa Fe Springs, CA Feb 01, 2013 $70,000
Designer 3D Adidas International, Inc. Portland, OR Sep 21, 2015 $65,354 -
$90,000
3D Designer DBOX Inc. New York, NY Apr 12, 2015 $65,000
Lead 3D Designer Blizzard Entertainment Inc. Irvine, CA Feb 18, 2015 $63,898
3D Designer Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Inc. New York, NY Jun 03, 2013 $60,000
3D Designer 555 International, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 20, 2013 $60,000
3D Designer DBOX, Inc. New York, NY Nov 26, 2015 $59,500 -
$70,000
3D Designer DBOX, Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2014 $58,594 -
$65,000
3D Designer Formnation LLC New York, NY Sep 04, 2015 $58,000
3D Designer Samsung Engineering America, Inc. Freeport, TX Nov 10, 2011 $52,100
3D Designer Samsung Engineering America Inc. Freeport, TX Oct 01, 2011 $52,100
2D/3D Designer Social Control, LLC Westlake Village, CA Mar 13, 2015 $52,062
3D Designer/Modeler Incase Designs Corp. San Francisco, CA Aug 15, 2010 $51,917 -
$67,496
3D Designer DBOX, Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2011 $50,000
3D Designer Charlex, Inc. New York, NY Sep 21, 2012 $50,000
3-D Designer/Animator Makatto.Com, Inc. Sayreville, NJ Oct 01, 2009 $50,000
3D Designer Icrave LLC New York, NY Sep 10, 2015 $50,000 -
$70,000

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Top Skills for A 3D Designer

AutodeskAutocadAdobePhotoshopConceptArtVideo3DDesignModelsLayoutAutodeskInventorCompanyWebsiteAdobeIllustratorCustomAutodeskMayaSolidworksPackageAreaGraphicDesign3DDesignStudioFacilityRhinoSetup3DDesignAnimationRevit

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Top 3D Designer Skills

  1. Autodesk Autocad
  2. Adobe Photoshop
  3. Concept Art
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created concepts and final design of a 3D character using 3D Max and Adobe Photoshop
  • Developed video presentation illustrating key initiatives for development of project
  • Experience in site layout of structure, piping and process equipment.
  • Use Autodesk Inventor to create engineering drawings for manufacture of retail fixtures and displays.
  • Design and managed the company website.

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