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Working As An Associate Mechanical 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

  • $70,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Associate Mechanical 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 Mechanical 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 Mechanical Engineer Career Paths

Associate Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Project Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Project Engineer Application Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Research And Development Engineer Test Engineer
Test Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Manager Quality Manager
Supplier Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Engineering Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Process Engineer Production Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Manufacturing Engineer Product Development Engineer
Lead Product Developer
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Process Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Product Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Engineering Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Mechanical Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer Project Lead Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Mechanical Engineer Staff Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Senior Designer Senior Design Engineer
Senior Engineering Team Leader
8 Yearsyrs
Staff Mechanical Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Designer User Experience Designer
Product Lead
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Design Engineer 3.4 years
Top Careers Before Associate Mechanical Engineer
Internship 12.2%
Technician 4.0%
Cashier 4.0%
Mechanic 3.7%
Engineer 2.3%
Associate 2.0%
Top Careers After Associate Mechanical Engineer
Engineer 4.9%
Consultant 3.2%
Internship 2.7%

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Associate Mechanical Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

79.0%

Female

11.5%

Unknown

9.5%
Ethnicity

White

56.2%

Asian

15.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.0%

Black or African American

9.4%

Unknown

5.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.6%

Mandarin

14.3%

Chinese

11.4%

German

5.7%

Hindi

5.7%

Cantonese

5.7%

Portuguese

2.9%

Telugu

2.9%

Ukrainian

2.9%

Japanese

2.9%

French

2.9%

Greek

2.9%

Gothic

2.9%

Urdu

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%

Russian

2.9%
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Associate Mechanical Engineer Education

Schools

University of Central Florida

16.5%

San Jose State University

9.0%

Arizona State University

5.3%

University of California - San Diego

5.3%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.3%

Clemson University

5.3%

University of California - Davis

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

Northeastern University

4.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.8%

University of Houston

3.8%

Iowa State University

3.8%

Universal Technical Institute

3.8%

University of Phoenix

3.8%

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

3.8%

Purdue University

3.8%

University of California - Irvine

3.8%

Colorado State University

3.8%

Michigan Technological University

3.0%

University of Florida

3.0%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

60.4%

Business

7.5%

Automotive Technology

5.9%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

4.3%

Drafting And Design

3.2%

Aerospace Engineering

3.0%

Engineering

2.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.6%

Electrical Engineering

1.4%

Computer Science

1.2%

Management

1.0%

Project Management

1.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.0%

Physics

1.0%

Industrial Technology

1.0%

Biomedical Engineering

1.0%

Manufacturing Engineering

0.8%

Computer Engineering

0.8%

Industrial Engineering

0.8%

Materials Science And Engineering

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.4%

Masters

23.1%

Other

12.1%

Associate

8.5%

Certificate

3.9%

Doctorate

2.8%

Diploma

1.2%
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Best Paying Company
McDermott International
Highest Paying City
Palo Alto, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
2.7 years
How much does an Associate Mechanical Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Associate Mechanical Engineer in the United States is $70,645 per year or $34 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $53,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $94,000.

Real Associate Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate Manager, Mechanical Design Engineering, Quality Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Dec 12, 2016 $130,000 -
$140,000
Associate Mechanical Engineer Buro Happold, Inc. New York, NY Mar 26, 2010 $113,000
Associate Mechanical Engineer Buro Happold, Inc. New York, NY Mar 26, 2010 $103,395
Associate Mechanical Engineer Ch2M Hill, Inc. Chantilly, VA Oct 04, 2012 $91,182
Senior Associate, Mechanical Engineering S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc. Racine, WI Jan 09, 2016 $89,000
Associate Mechanical Engineer McDermott, Inc. Houston, TX May 07, 2012 $88,000
Associate Mechanical Engineer Nexteer Automotive Saginaw, MI Aug 23, 2016 $87,000
Associate Mechanical Engineer Nexteer Automotive Saginaw, MI May 11, 2015 $80,000
Associate Mechanical Engineer Nexteer Automotive Saginaw, MI Dec 14, 2016 $80,000
Associate Jc65 (II)-Mechanical Engineer Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Randolph, NJ Mar 25, 2016 $77,854
Senior Associate Jc60-Mechanical Engineers Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Randolph, NJ May 14, 2016 $77,854
Associate Jc65-Mechanical Engineers Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Randolph, NJ Sep 06, 2016 $77,854
Associate II Jc65-Mechanical Engineers Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Randolph, NJ Jun 21, 2016 $77,854
Senior Associate Jc60-Mechanical Engineer Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Randolph, NJ Jun 15, 2016 $77,854
Associate Mechanical Engineer Worleyparsons Group, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 15, 2014 $71,626
Mechanical Engineering-Associate Rolls-Royce Energy Systems OH Sep 15, 2010 $70,000
Associate Mechanical Engineer IST Engineering, Inc. Milpitas, CA Oct 01, 2009 $69,121
Associate Mechanical Engineer Worleyparsons Group, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 15, 2014 $68,871
Mechanical Engineering Associate Uchicago Argonne, LLC IL Feb 01, 2012 $67,920
Mechanical Engineering Associate Uchicago Argonne, LLC IL Nov 22, 2010 $67,356
Mechanical Engineer, Associate Associated Air Center LP Dallas, TX Aug 20, 2015 $62,500
Associate Mechanical Engineer MWH Americas, Inc. Walnut Creek, CA Sep 29, 2011 $61,755 -
$99,550
Associate Jc65-Mechanical Engineer Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Teaneck, NJ Jun 15, 2016 $61,589
Associate Mechanical Engineer Otis Elevator Company Farmington, CT Nov 07, 2016 $61,402 -
$64,500
Senior Associate Jc60-Mechanical Engineer Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Randolph, NJ Jun 15, 2016 $60,382
Associate Jc65-Mechanical Engineers Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Randolph, NJ Jun 15, 2016 $60,000
Associate Mechanical Engineer Otis Elevator Company Farmington, CT Aug 15, 2015 $59,363 -
$64,500
Mechanical Associate Willoughby Engineering LLC Chicago, IL Aug 01, 2015 $59,000

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Top Skills for An Associate Mechanical Engineer

  1. Engineering Department
  2. CAD
  3. Product Design
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  • Developed standardized notes adopted for use across mechanical engineering department.
  • Utilized CAD to incorporate specified materials and components from documentation into product drawings to successfully build products.
  • Analyzed both experimental and field data in order to provide management with recommendations pertaining to material usage and product design.
  • Created detail designs utilizing SolidWorks design software for various aircraft components.
  • Prepared economic analysis and bid response evaluations for mechanical equipment and engineering professional services.

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