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Working As A Contracting 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

  • $102,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Contracting 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 Contracting 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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Contracting Engineer Career Paths

Contracting Engineer
Senior Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Mechanical Design Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Quality Assurance Engineer Senior Test Engineer
Test Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Project Engineering Manager
Plant Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Plant Engineer Research And Development Engineer
Research And Development Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Engineer Production Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Engineer Service Engineer
Engineering Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Mechanical Design Engineer Product Development Engineer
Lead Product Developer
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Contractor-Design Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Senior Engineering Team Leader
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Engineer Lead Engineer Project Lead Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Engineer Lead Engineer Senior Engineering Technician
Engineering Laboratory Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Manufacturing Supervisor Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Principal Engineer 4.9 years
Principle Engineer 4.5 years
Senior Engineer 4.3 years
Staff Engineer 4.2 years
Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Engineer 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Contracting Engineer
Engineer 11.0%
Consultant 3.3%
Internship 3.0%
Top Careers After Contracting Engineer
Engineer 12.2%
Consultant 4.7%
Owner 3.8%

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Contracting Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

80.1%

Female

11.7%

Unknown

8.2%
Ethnicity

White

60.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.2%

Asian

11.3%

Black or African American

10.2%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.1%

Carrier

10.7%

German

9.8%

French

9.8%

Italian

3.6%

Portuguese

2.7%

Cantonese

2.7%

Korean

2.7%

Vietnamese

2.7%

Dutch

1.8%

Japanese

1.8%

Hindi

1.8%

Russian

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%

Turkish

0.9%

Chinese

0.9%

Hawaiian

0.9%

Ukrainian

0.9%

Hebrew

0.9%

Polish

0.9%
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Contracting Engineer Education

Schools

Purdue University

9.4%

University of Texas at Austin

6.7%

Pennsylvania State University

6.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.1%

Northeastern University

6.1%

University of Houston

5.8%

University of Phoenix

5.4%

Michigan Technological University

4.9%

Texas A&M University

4.9%

University of California - Berkeley

4.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.3%

North Carolina State University

4.0%

University of Florida

4.0%

University of Washington

4.0%

Western Michigan University

4.0%

Wayne State University

3.8%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.8%

Arizona State University

3.8%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.8%

University of Central Florida

3.8%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

24.4%

Electrical Engineering

20.3%

Business

9.1%

Civil Engineering

5.7%

Computer Science

5.1%

Engineering

4.4%

Chemical Engineering

3.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.0%

Computer Engineering

2.6%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.5%

Industrial Technology

2.4%

Management

2.3%

Industrial Engineering

2.3%

Aerospace Engineering

2.1%

Drafting And Design

2.1%

Physics

2.1%

Project Management

1.9%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.5%

Engineering Technology

1.4%

Education

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.5%

Masters

21.3%

Other

15.1%

Associate

6.2%

Certificate

2.7%

Doctorate

2.1%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.1%
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Top Skills for A Contracting Engineer

  1. Engineering Department
  2. Test Cases
  3. Layout
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  • Provided supplementary engineering support for FirstEnergy within the Design Engineering department at the Beaver Valley Power Station.
  • Created the verification, validation protocols, test cases and specifications for a redesign of PC boards for existing blood products.
  • Researched and made recommendations concerning blueprint layout modifications and VESDA detectors location.
  • Performed design, analysis and project management of hydraulic, geared power transmission equipment for commercial heavy equipment manufacturer.
  • Determine equipment requirements, rearrangements, and modifications to upgrade existing facilities and develop facility plan/option layout drawings using AutoCAD.

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