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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

  • $84,296

    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
Quality Engineer Systems Engineer Application Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Electrical Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Chief Engineer Project Engineering Manager Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Engineer Project Engineering Manager Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Quality Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Engineering Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Engineering Manager
Engineering/Maintenance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Project Engineer Facility Engineer
Facilities/Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Lead Technician Field Engineer
Field Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Engineer Staff Engineer Project Engineering Manager
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Staff Engineer Lead Engineer Lead Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Engineering Supervisor Senior Project Engineer
Plant Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Senior Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Chief Engineer Engineering Manager
Research And Development Director
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Project Manager Construction Manager
Senior Construction Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Principal Engineer 4.7 years
Principle Engineer 4.5 years
Staff Engineer 4.3 years
Senior Engineer 4.2 years
Lead Engineer 3.3 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 10.3%
Consultant 3.3%
Internship 2.9%
Top Employers After
Engineer 10.9%
Consultant 5.1%
Owner 3.4%

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Contracting Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

84.5%

Female

12.3%

Unknown

3.2%
Ethnicity

White

60.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Asian

11.3%

Black or African American

10.1%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.3%

Carrier

11.5%

French

10.6%

German

9.6%

Portuguese

2.9%

Cantonese

2.9%

Italian

2.9%

Dutch

1.9%

Japanese

1.9%

Russian

1.9%

Arabic

1.9%

Korean

1.9%

Hindi

1.9%

Turkish

1.0%

Chinese

1.0%

Hawaiian

1.0%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Hebrew

1.0%

Ukrainian

1.0%

Polish

1.0%
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Contracting Engineer Education

Schools

Purdue University

8.1%

Pennsylvania State University

7.4%

Northeastern University

7.1%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.4%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.1%

University of Houston

5.1%

Western Michigan University

5.1%

Villanova University

4.7%

University of Texas at Austin

4.7%

University of Florida

4.7%

University of Washington

4.7%

University of Arizona

4.7%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.4%

Michigan Technological University

4.1%

Wayne State University

4.1%

Kansas State University

4.1%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.1%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.1%

University of California - Berkeley

3.7%

Arizona State University

3.7%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

23.1%

Electrical Engineering

21.2%

Business

8.9%

Computer Science

5.6%

Engineering

4.9%

Civil Engineering

4.1%

Chemical Engineering

3.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.3%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.9%

Management

2.7%

Computer Engineering

2.6%

Industrial Technology

2.5%

Aerospace Engineering

2.3%

Project Management

2.2%

Industrial Engineering

2.2%

Physics

2.1%

Drafting And Design

1.8%

Communication

1.4%

Computer Networking

1.3%

Information Technology

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.7%

Masters

21.9%

Other

16.3%

Associate

6.1%

Certificate

2.9%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.1%
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Top Skills for A Contracting Engineer

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  1. Test Plans
  2. Parts
  3. Computer
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed and Executed FAA certification test plans, Supported flight tests, and developed automatic test scripts and hardware/software integration procedures.
  • Cost reduction research and implementation of assigned projects including material changes and manufacturing modifications of specific turbine and compressor parts.
  • Developed kinematic synthesis computer code for design and verification, also using ALGOR finite element code for stress verification.
  • Modeled pharmaceutical direction sets for the Environmental Health and Safety division of the Global Pharmaceutical Research and Development Chemical Pilot Plant.
  • Determine equipment requirements, rearrangements, and modifications to upgrade existing facilities and develop facility plan/option layout drawings using AutoCAD.

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