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Working As An Associate Design Engineer

  • 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

  • $72,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Associate Design Engineer 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 An Associate Design Engineer

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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Associate Design Engineer Career Paths

Associate Design Engineer
Design Engineer Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Engineer Application Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Project Manager Quality Manager
Supplier Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Test Engineer
Test Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Project Engineering Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Project Engineering Manager
Plant Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Senior Designer Design Manager
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Plant Engineer Research And Development Engineer
Research And Development Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Product Engineer Product Development Engineer
Lead Product Developer
7 Yearsyrs
Engineer Process Engineer Production Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Service Engineer
Engineering Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Process Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Project Lead Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Lead Engineer Senior Engineering Technician
Engineering Laboratory Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Lead Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Product Engineer Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Senior Storage Engineer
Senior Engineering Team Leader
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Design Engineer 3.4 years
Top Careers Before Associate Design Engineer
Internship 12.6%
Engineer 6.1%
Designer 3.6%
Drafter 3.6%
Machinist 2.4%
Top Careers After Associate Design Engineer
Engineer 4.8%
Owner 3.1%

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Associate Design Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

76.3%

Female

15.0%

Unknown

8.8%
Ethnicity

White

54.5%

Asian

16.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Black or African American

9.2%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

21.9%

German

15.6%

Chinese

12.5%

Hindi

12.5%

Japanese

6.3%

French

6.3%

Russian

6.3%

Arabic

6.3%

Amharic

3.1%

Urdu

3.1%

Korean

3.1%

Armenian

3.1%
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Associate Design Engineer Education

Schools

Clemson University

8.4%

Texas Tech University

7.5%

Purdue University

7.5%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

6.5%

State University of New York Buffalo

5.6%

Pennsylvania State University

5.6%

Texas A&M University

5.6%

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

5.6%

North Carolina State University

4.7%

Ohio State University

4.7%

University of Houston

4.7%

University of Texas at Austin

4.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.7%

University of Vermont

3.7%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

3.7%

City College of New York of the City University of New York

3.7%

Northeastern University

3.7%

Utah State University

3.7%

Stevens Institute of Technology

3.7%

University of Florida

2.8%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

36.3%

Electrical Engineering

16.9%

Civil Engineering

8.9%

Business

7.0%

Drafting And Design

6.1%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

4.2%

Engineering

3.0%

Computer Science

2.1%

Engineering Technology

1.9%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.9%

Biomedical Engineering

1.6%

Graphic Design

1.4%

Chemical Engineering

1.4%

Computer Engineering

1.2%

Industrial Engineering

1.2%

Aerospace Engineering

1.2%

Management

0.9%

Physics

0.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

0.9%

Architectural Engineering

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.0%

Masters

27.0%

Associate

9.6%

Other

8.0%

Doctorate

2.1%

Certificate

1.8%

Diploma

0.6%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$55,000
Min 10%
$72,000
Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
Fluor
Highest Paying City
Mountain View, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does an Associate Design Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Associate Design Engineer in the United States is $72,992 per year or $35 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $55,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $95,000.

Real Associate Design Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate Design Engineer Kilopass Technology, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 26, 2016 $100,000
Associate Design Engineer III Fluor Enterprises, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Apr 27, 2016 $91,270
Associate Design Engineer III, Pipeline Fluor Enterprises, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Oct 28, 2016 $86,840
Associate Design Engineer Linear Technology Corporation Milpitas, CA Jan 09, 2015 $86,757
Associate Design Engineer III Fluor Enterprises, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Jul 09, 2016 $85,830
Associate Design Engineer III Fluor Enterprises, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Sep 07, 2016 $85,830
Associate Design Engineer III Fluor Enterprises, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 17, 2016 $84,460
Associate Design Engineer III Fluor Enterprises, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 31, 2016 $84,460
Associate Design Engineer III Fluor Enterprises, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 14, 2016 $84,460
Associate Design Engineer III Fluor Enterprises, Inc. Dublin, CA Sep 14, 2015 $82,000
Associate Design Engineer III, Control Systems Fluor Enterprises, Inc. Greenville, SC Aug 28, 2012 $79,617
Associate Design Engineer III Fluor Enterprises, Inc. Long Beach, CA Aug 10, 2012 $79,000
Associate Design Engineer III Fluor Enterprises, Inc. Oakland, CA Jan 21, 2011 $75,338
Associate Design Engineer III Fluor Enterprises, Inc. Oakland, CA Feb 21, 2011 $75,338
Associate Design Engineer III Fluor Enterprises, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Aug 25, 2014 $75,000
Associate Seal Design Engineer .02) Consolidated Metco, Inc. Vancouver, WA Aug 25, 2016 $75,000
Associate Design Engineer III Fluor Enterprises, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Aug 22, 2014 $73,400
Associate Design Engineer II Fluor Enterprises, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Aug 25, 2014 $73,000
Associate Design Engineer II-Electrical Fluor Enterprises, Inc. Dublin, CA Nov 26, 2012 $72,799
Associate Design Engineer Consolidated Metco, Inc. Vancouver, WA Jan 01, 2015 $69,253
Associate Design Engineer Racar International D/E LLC Dublin, OH Oct 26, 2016 $68,474
Associate Design Engineer II Fluor Enterprises, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Oct 23, 2013 $68,400
Associate Design Engineer II Fluor Enterprises, Inc. Greenville, SC Jan 28, 2010 $68,159
Associate/Design Engineer John A Van Deusen & Associates Inc. East Hanover, NJ Sep 20, 2016 $67,000
Associate Design Engineer I, Piping Fluor Enterprises, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Aug 16, 2014 $67,000
Associate Design Engineer Mc Dean Inc. Dulles Town Center, VA Nov 19, 2010 $66,643

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Top Skills for An Associate Design Engineer

  1. Engineering Department
  2. CAD
  3. Autocad
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  • Collaborated with QA Software Engineering department in the development of software validation procedures.
  • Performed Cad software implementation and maintenance.
  • Completed AutoCAD structural designs for project estimation and bidding.
  • Managed / reviewed mechanical designs in AutoCad and SolidWorks, electrical schematics in OrCAD, and PCB Layouts in PADS software package
  • Create models using SolidWorks and participated in cross-functional product-development meetings.

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