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Working As A Design Release 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

  • $81,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Design Release 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 Design Release 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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Design Release Engineer Career Paths

Design Release Engineer
Program Manager Senior Project Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Product Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Engineering Director
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
General Manager Business Owner Quality Assurance Manager
Supplier Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Resident Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Resident Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Test Engineer
Test Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Resident Engineer Quality Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Senior Applications Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Senior Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Project Engineering Manager
Plant Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Construction Manager Design Manager
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Engineering Supervisor Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Project Lead Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Engineer Research And Development Engineer
Research And Development Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Engineer Production Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Engineer Product Development Engineer
Lead Product Developer
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Staff Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Senior Design Engineer Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Tool Engineer 4.3 years
Product Engineer 3.5 years
Design Engineer 3.4 years
Top Careers Before Design Release Engineer
Engineer 5.2%
Designer 4.1%
Internship 3.3%
Top Careers After Design Release Engineer
Engineer 6.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$81,000
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$60,000
Min 10%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Zoox
Highest Paying City
Mountain View, CA
Highest Paying State
Vermont
Avg Experience Level
3.7 years
How much does a Design Release Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Design Release Engineer in the United States is $81,241 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $60,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $109,000.

Real Design Release Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Design Release Engineer Karma Automotive, LLC Costa Mesa, CA Jan 09, 2016 $130,000
Senior Design Release Engineer, Electro-Mechanical Karma Automotive, LLC Costa Mesa, CA Jun 27, 2016 $125,000
Lead Design Release Engineer-Body Structures Karma Automotive, LLC Costa Mesa, CA Aug 22, 2016 $119,000
Design Release Engineer-Closures Fisker Automotive and Technology Group, LLC Costa Mesa, CA Jan 05, 2015 $115,000
Senior Design Release Engineer General Motors Company Warren, MI Apr 25, 2016 $110,796
Design Release Engineer J.D.M. Systems Consultants, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Jan 08, 2016 $110,611
Design Release Engineer, Wire Harness Karma Automotive, LLC Costa Mesa, CA Mar 06, 2016 $110,000
Release Management and Solution Design Engineer Liquidnet Holdings, Inc. New York, NY Sep 27, 2013 $110,000
Senior Design Release Engineer General Motors Company Warren, MI Feb 11, 2016 $108,000
Senior Design Release Engineer General Motors Company Warren, MI Feb 29, 2016 $106,764
Design Release Engineer Yazaki North America, Inc. Canton, MI Jan 03, 2016 $106,496
Design Release Engineer J.D.M. Systems Consultants, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Oct 19, 2015 $105,352
Design Release Engineer Visteon Corporation Van Buren, MI Jul 12, 2015 $105,000
Design Release Engineer-Body Structures Fisker Automotive and Technology Group, LLC Costa Mesa, CA Apr 10, 2015 $105,000
Design Release Engineer General Motors Company Warren, MI Apr 18, 2016 $92,000
Senior System Design Release Engineer ESG Automotive, Inc. Warren, MI Sep 02, 2014 $92,000
Switches Design Release Engineer Populus Group LLC Warren, MI Feb 05, 2016 $91,828
Air Induction Systems Design and Release Engineer Ford Motor Company Dearborn, MI Jan 05, 2015 $91,562 -
$110,000
Design Release Engineer Populus Group Warren, MI Apr 27, 2015 $91,411
Senior Design Release Engineer PREH, Inc. Novi, MI Oct 09, 2016 $90,166
Design and Release Engineer ACRO Service Corp Dearborn, MI Jun 16, 2014 $90,000
Fascia Design and Release Engineer Chrysler Group LLC Auburn Hills, MI Oct 02, 2013 $80,870
Fascia Design and Release Engineer Chrysler Group LLC Auburn Hills, MI Feb 10, 2013 $80,870
Design Release Engineer FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Nov 01, 2016 $80,035
Design Release Engineer FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Oct 31, 2016 $80,035
Design Release Engineer FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Jan 11, 2016 $80,035
Design Release Engineer-AVD Core General Motors Company Warren, MI Apr 08, 2015 $80,016
Design Release Engineer General Motors Company Warren, MI Dec 28, 2015 $80,016
Electrical Brackets Design Release Engineer General Motors Company Warren, MI Feb 15, 2016 $80,004

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Top Skills for A Design Release Engineer

  1. Supplier Quality
  2. Vehicle Level
  3. Fmea
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Determine cause of supplier quality problems and coordinate/implement effective and timely resolutions.
  • Created vehicle level design verification plans.
  • Applied DFM/DFA, DFMEA and PCP processes to the designs resolved interface issues with peers and provide design information to purchasing.
  • Release roof mount antennas across multiple vehicle lines, totaling over 1,600 part numbers.
  • Evaluated reinforcements for better NVH and Torsion performance resulting in significant cost savings and quality improvements by optimizing other body components.

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Top 10 Best States for Design Release Engineers

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

Gender

Male

75.8%

Unknown

12.1%

Female

12.1%
Ethnicity

White

57.3%

Asian

14.8%

Hispanic or Latino

12.2%

Black or African American

9.0%

Unknown

6.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

29.7%

Chinese

10.8%

German

8.1%

French

8.1%

Mandarin

8.1%

Russian

5.4%

Hindi

5.4%

Arabic

5.4%

Tamil

5.4%

Portuguese

2.7%

Turkish

2.7%

Kannada

2.7%

Urdu

2.7%

Italian

2.7%
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Design Release Engineer Education

Schools

Wayne State University

20.3%

Lawrence Technological University

14.2%

University of Michigan - Dearborn

10.8%

Oakland University

6.4%

Michigan State University

6.1%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

5.6%

Kettering University

5.0%

University of Detroit Mercy

5.0%

Michigan Technological University

4.7%

Macomb Community College

3.3%

Eastern Michigan University

3.1%

Purdue University

2.8%

Western Michigan University

2.5%

Central Michigan University

1.9%

Schoolcraft College

1.7%

University of Michigan - Flint

1.7%

University of Toledo

1.7%

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

1.1%

Rochester Institute of Technology

1.1%

Tuskegee University

1.1%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

41.2%

Electrical Engineering

12.7%

Business

8.7%

Engineering

6.1%

Engineering And Industrial Management

4.8%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

4.3%

Management

3.2%

Industrial Engineering

2.7%

Drafting And Design

2.3%

Automotive Technology

1.9%

Industrial Technology

1.8%

Finance

1.6%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.6%

Systems Engineering

1.1%

Computer Science

1.1%

Computer Engineering

1.1%

Engineering Technology

1.0%

Chemical Engineering

1.0%

Mechatronics And Robotics

0.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.3%

Masters

39.2%

Other

8.5%

Certificate

2.2%

Associate

2.1%

Doctorate

1.9%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.1%
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