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Working As A Body 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

  • $87,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Body 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 A Body 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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Average Yearly Salary
$87,000
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$61,000
Min 10%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$125,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Altair Engineering
Highest Paying City
Menlo Park, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does a Body Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Body Engineer in the United States is $88,015 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $61,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $125,000.

Real Body Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Body Modeling & Accuracy Engineer Measur3D Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 08, 2016 $140,000
Body Engineer, Technical Director Verifacts Automotive LLC Newport Beach, CA Aug 25, 2016 $105,000
Body Engineer-Exterior Trim Tata Technologies, Inc. Novi, MI Sep 06, 2016 $104,520
Body/Closures Durability CAE Engineer FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Mar 16, 2015 $102,523
Body Closure Engineer Altair Productdesign, Inc. Dearborn, MI Jan 02, 2016 $102,263
Body Closure Engineer Altair Productdesign, Inc. Superior, MI Jan 02, 2016 $102,263
Engineer-Body Process Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Oct 15, 2012 $101,000 -
$115,000
Body Closure Engineer Altair Productdesign, Inc. Superior, MI Apr 18, 2016 $100,176
Body Interior Engineer Atieva USA, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Sep 02, 2015 $99,216
Senior Body Closure Engineer Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. Montgomery, AL Jul 11, 2016 $96,221 -
$110,000
Senior Body Closure Engineer Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. Superior, MI Jul 11, 2016 $96,221 -
$110,000
CAE Multi-Body Dynamics Engineer Altair Productdesign, Inc. Dearborn, MI Sep 06, 2014 $95,564
Body In White Engineer Tata Technologies, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Jun 02, 2014 $95,000
Body Engineer-Field Quality Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 23, 2012 $95,000 -
$115,000
CAE-Multibody Dynamics Engineer Altair Productdesign, Inc. Dearborn, MI Dec 15, 2014 $94,959
CAE-Multibody Dynamics Engineer Altair Productdesign, Inc. Troy, MI Feb 05, 2016 $93,850
Multi Body Dynamics CAE Engineer American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. Detroit, MI Sep 08, 2016 $92,000
CAE Engineer-Multi Body Dynamics Altair Productdesign, Inc. Dearborn, MI Aug 05, 2015 $84,023
Product Body Engineer Altair Productdesign, Inc. Wayne, MI Aug 15, 2014 $83,480
Engineer, Body Interior Atieva USA, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Mar 02, 2016 $82,846
Engineer, Body Interior Atieva USA, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Aug 24, 2015 $82,846
CAE Engineer-Multi-Body Dynamics G-Tech Professional Staffing, Inc. Dearborn, MI Sep 01, 2015 $77,219
Body Engineer Tata Technologies, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Sep 06, 2015 $73,174
Product Body Engineer Millennium Software, Inc. Dearborn, MI Sep 04, 2013 $72,996
Product Body Engineer Millennium Software, Inc. Dearborn, MI Sep 05, 2013 $72,996
Multi-Body Dynamics Engineer, EDP Department Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North AME Ann Arbor, MI Oct 01, 2013 $72,096
CAE Engineer Multi-Body Dynamics Millennium Software, Inc. Dearborn, MI Aug 11, 2015 $70,034

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Top Skills for A Body Engineer

  1. Vehicle Lines
  2. Catia
  3. FEA
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Monitor Top 250 exterior warranty issues across all FCA vehicle lines and report emerging issues and C/1000 trends.
  • Used APQP, PAP and CATIA effectively in meeting vehicle's compressed timing schedule.
  • Conducted stamping feasibility and studied material mechanical characteristic to optimize body component design.
  • Developed advance module packaging with supplier and created standard sourcing GD&T.
  • Automated and user-assisted image processing techniques to extract garment information from photographs.

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Top 10 Best States for Body Engineers

  1. District of Columbia
  2. Alaska
  3. New Mexico
  4. Texas
  5. Delaware
  6. New Hampshire
  7. Virginia
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  9. California
  10. Maryland
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Body Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

71.0%

Unknown

17.7%

Female

11.3%
Ethnicity

White

59.0%

Asian

16.6%

Hispanic or Latino

11.2%

Black or African American

8.1%

Unknown

5.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Japanese

50.0%

Spanish

50.0%

Body Engineer Education

Schools

Lawrence Technological University

11.4%

National University

8.6%

University of Michigan - Dearborn

8.6%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

5.7%

University of California - Irvine

5.7%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

5.7%

University of Louisville

5.7%

San Diego City College

5.7%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

5.7%

Utah State University

5.7%

Michigan State University

5.7%

Syracuse University

2.9%

Kettering University

2.9%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2.9%

Oakland University

2.9%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

2.9%

Macomb Community College

2.9%

Michigan Technological University

2.9%

Marquette University

2.9%

Wayne State University

2.9%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

50.0%

Business

6.9%

Engineering

6.9%

Drafting And Design

3.4%

Aerospace Engineering

3.4%

Electrical Engineering

3.4%

Civil Engineering

3.4%

Management

1.7%

International Business

1.7%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Mathematics

1.7%

Marketing

1.7%

Environmental Science

1.7%

Computer Engineering

1.7%

Engineering Mechanics

1.7%

Law

1.7%

Engineering Science

1.7%

Nutrition Science

1.7%

Economics

1.7%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.7%
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Degrees

Masters

43.5%

Bachelors

38.7%

Other

9.7%

Associate

3.2%

Doctorate

3.2%

Certificate

1.6%
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