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Become A Design Engineer

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Working As A 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

  • $76,814

    Average Salary

What Does A Design Engineer Do

A Design Engineer researches, designs, and creates new products. They work closely with a variety of departments, including research and development, production and marketing, and sales department.

How To Become A 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.


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.


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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Real Design Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Kiewit Engineering & Design CO. Kiewit Engineering & Design Co. Lenexa, KS Jun 29, 2015 $210,000
Dmts-Em Design Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Folsom, CA May 27, 2016 $195,000
MTS 2, Design Engineer Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 30, 2015 $185,000
Manager, Design Engineering Altera Corporation San Jose, CA Mar 29, 2016 $174,922 -
Physical Design Engineer Smartplay, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 26, 2015 $170,000
Physical Design Engineer Smartplay, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 26, 2015 $170,000
Engineer, Infrastructure/Performance and Design KCG Americas LLC Chicago, IL Apr 09, 2016 $165,000
Physical Design Engineer (INT. Title: Member of Tech Staff) Fungible Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 13, 2016 $165,000 -
Manager, Design Engineering Altera Corporation Austin, TX Apr 15, 2016 $163,758 -
Interaction Design Engineer, Creative Technology Github Inc. Boulder, CO Jul 12, 2015 $161,000
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Top Skills for A Design Engineer


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Top Design Engineer Skills

  1. New Product Development
  2. Auto CAD
  3. Layout
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Partnered with marketing department to keep New Product Development process up to date and on schedule.
  • Design of new truck bodies from customer specifications on Auto Cad R-12.
  • Lead designer and supervisor of 2 co-workers implementing floor and roof layouts for numerous lumber companies in the West Michigan area.
  • Developed complex solid models, surfaces, and assemblies using advanced knowledge of Pro Engineer Wildfire 2.
  • Performed solid modeling, surfacing, assembly and drafting in Catia V5.

Top Design Engineer Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Design Engineer

  1. Boeing
  2. Zuti Engineering Solutions
  3. Tata Technologies Inc USA
  4. Fluor
  5. Siemens
  6. Caterpillar
  7. General Electric
  8. Zodiac Aerospace
  9. Thermo King
  10. Lockheed Martin
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