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Working As A Designer And Field 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

  • $77,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Designer And Field 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 Designer And Field 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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Designer And Field Engineer Career Paths

Designer And Field Engineer
Senior Piping Designer Lead Designer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Piping Designer Lead Designer Senior Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Piping Designer Senior Leader Senior Project Manager
Senior Construction Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Senior Design Engineer Senior Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Project Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Senior Mechanical Designer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Systems Engineer Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Piping Designer Design Supervisor Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner/Operator Construction Manager
Capital Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner/Manager Construction Manager
Commissioning Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Application Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Project Engineering Manager
Plant Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Structural Designer Engineer Production Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Structural Designer Engineer Service Engineer
Engineering Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Structural Designer Mechanical Design Engineer Project Lead Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Electrical Designer Mechanical Design Engineer Product Design Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Piping Engineer Lead Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Piping Designer 5.3 years
Draftsman/Designer 4.3 years
Facility Engineer 3.9 years
Design Engineer 3.4 years
Project Engineer 3.4 years
Engineer 3.3 years
Field Engineer 3.1 years
Designer 3.1 years
Top Careers Before Designer And Field Engineer
Designer 7.5%
Draftsman 4.2%
Engineer 4.0%
Internship 2.3%
Top Careers After Designer And Field Engineer
Designer 4.6%
Engineer 4.0%
Manager 3.0%

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Designer And Field Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

86.7%

Unknown

6.7%

Female

6.7%
Ethnicity

White

58.1%

Hispanic or Latino

16.2%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

9.8%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.3%

Occidental

8.3%

Korean

8.3%

Japanese

4.2%

French

4.2%

Gujarati

4.2%

Carrier

4.2%

Hindi

4.2%

Arabic

4.2%
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Designer And Field Engineer Education

Schools

University of Houston

7.4%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

5.9%

Lamar University

5.9%

Texas A&M University

5.9%

Northeastern University

5.9%

More Tech Institute

5.9%

Bowling Green State University

5.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.4%

University of Memphis

4.4%

Missouri University of Science and Technology

4.4%

Temple University

4.4%

Texas Tech University

4.4%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.4%

University of Cincinnati

4.4%

University of Toledo

4.4%

Purdue University

4.4%

Kansas State University

4.4%

Lee College

4.4%

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

4.4%

American InterContinental University

4.4%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

17.5%

Electrical Engineering

14.3%

Drafting And Design

13.1%

Civil Engineering

11.5%

Engineering

6.4%

Business

5.7%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.8%

Project Management

3.5%

Construction Management

3.2%

Graphic Design

2.5%

Environmental Design

2.2%

Industrial Technology

1.9%

Industrial Engineering

1.9%

Operations Management

1.6%

Computer Engineering

1.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.6%

Management

1.3%

Mathematics

1.3%

Engineering Technology

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.3%

Other

22.3%

Associate

16.3%

Masters

10.6%

Certificate

5.0%

Doctorate

1.7%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
$77,000
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$55,000
Min 10%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$108,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Apple
Highest Paying City
Cupertino, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Designer And Field Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Designer And Field Engineer in the United States is $77,845 per year or $37 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $55,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $108,000.

Real Designer And Field Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Field Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 12, 2015 $129,126 -
$145,400
Cellular Field Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 30, 2013 $120,000 -
$140,000
Cellular Field Design Engineer Apple Inc. Grapevine, TX Jan 08, 2014 $120,000 -
$140,000
Field Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 10, 2013 $120,000 -
$140,000
Field Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 12, 2013 $120,000 -
$140,000
Field Design Engineer-Lte/C2K Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 20, 2014 $110,032 -
$130,000
Field Design Engineer-Cellular Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jul 10, 2015 $110,000 -
$130,000
Field Design Engineer-Cellular Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 24, 2015 $109,658 -
$125,000
Field Design Engineer-Connectivity Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 07, 2015 $105,000 -
$125,000
Field Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 23, 2013 $105,000 -
$125,000
GPS Field Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 01, 2011 $105,000
Field Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Mar 28, 2012 $105,000
Field Design Engineer-Umts/Lte Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jul 25, 2014 $102,000 -
$122,000
Field Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 01, 2011 $101,000
Field Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Mar 28, 2012 $100,000
Field Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jul 29, 2014 $97,386 -
$115,000
Field Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 14, 2012 $95,000
Field Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 01, 2012 $91,936 -
$110,000

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Top Skills for A Designer And Field Engineer

  1. Engineering Department
  2. CAD
  3. Layout
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  • Prepare documentation for site visits while coordinating with engineering departments.
  • Utilized and coordinated field stake-outs using AutoCAD.
  • Performed timing analysis which resulted in improved layout results to achieve optimal design performance.
  • Prepared technical drawings in accordance with established drawing standards and practices for nuclear enrichment facility.
  • Performed final as-built inspection prior to Quality Control inspections.

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  2. California
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  4. Louisiana
  5. Nevada
  6. Connecticut
  7. District of Columbia
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  9. New York
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