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Working As A Diesel 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

  • $83,478

    Average Salary

What Does A Diesel 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 Diesel 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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Diesel Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

84.5%

Female

12.9%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

76.8%

Hispanic or Latino

10.9%

Asian

8.8%

Unknown

2.7%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

German

33.3%

Romanian

33.3%

Spanish

33.3%

Diesel Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.1%

Purdue University

7.4%

Oakland University

7.4%

Maine Maritime Academy

7.4%

Minnesota State University - Mankato

7.4%

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

7.4%

Trine University

3.7%

University of the Potomac

3.7%

Indiana Institute of Technology

3.7%

Community College of the Air Force

3.7%

Wor-Wic Community College

3.7%

University of Florida

3.7%

University of West Florida

3.7%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.7%

California Baptist University

3.7%

Tuskegee University

3.7%

Linn-Benton Community College

3.7%

Advanced Technology Institute

3.7%

Andrews University

3.7%

Liberty University

3.7%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

17.1%

Business

13.2%

Automotive Technology

10.5%

Engineering

6.6%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

5.3%

Information Technology

5.3%

Electrical Engineering

5.3%

Computer Engineering

3.9%

Aviation

3.9%

Education

3.9%

English

2.6%

General Studies

2.6%

Engineering Technology

2.6%

Industrial Technology

2.6%

Computer Science

2.6%

Human Resources Management

2.6%

Chemical Engineering

2.6%

Marine Engineering

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.6%

Management

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

29.9%

Other

27.1%

Masters

24.3%

Associate

11.2%

Certificate

3.7%

Diploma

2.8%

Doctorate

0.9%
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Real Diesel Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Chief Engineer, Diesel Engines Ricardo Inc. Van Buren, MI Mar 11, 2011 $117,877
Chief Engineer, Diesel Engines Ricardo Inc. Van Buren, MI May 06, 2011 $117,877
Diesel On Board Diagnostics Engineer Ford Motor Company Dearborn, MI Aug 17, 2015 $93,850 -
$111,360
Diesel Engine OBD Calibration Engineer FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Oct 28, 2016 $93,000
Diesel Calibration Engineer Altair Productdesign, Inc. Dearborn, MI Jan 09, 2016 $92,454
Diesel Engine Calibration Engineer FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Jul 09, 2016 $90,000
Diesel Engine Calibration Engineer Chrysler Group LLC Auburn Hills, MI Mar 17, 2014 $90,000
Diesel Calibration Engineer Altair Productdesign, Inc. Troy, MI Feb 13, 2015 $89,440
Project Engineer I-Diesel Engine Development AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc. Plymouth, MI Sep 20, 2011 $89,267
Advanced Diesel Engineer General Motors Company Pontiac, MI Sep 21, 2016 $85,420
Diesel Calibration Engineer FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Dec 14, 2015 $85,044
Systems Engineer: Diesel Engines Siemens Industry, Inc. Sacramento, CA Jul 14, 2010 $85,000
Diesel Calibration Engineer Altair Productdesign, Inc. Dearborn, MI Sep 01, 2013 $83,480
Diesel Engine OBD Calibration Engineer FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Mar 28, 2016 $83,478
Diesel Engine OBD Calibration Engineer Chrysler Group LLC Auburn Hills, MI May 19, 2014 $83,478
Diesel Engine On-Board Diagnostics Calibration Engineer Detroit Diesel Corporation Detroit, MI Oct 27, 2014 $81,000
Diesel Aftertreatment Engineer IAV Automotive Engineering Inc. Northville, MI Aug 20, 2016 $79,950
Project Engineer, Diesel Engine Development FEV, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Jan 10, 2014 $73,000
Lead Diesel Failure Calibration Engineer Ford Motor Company Dearborn, MI Jan 07, 2016 $70,179 -
$111,360
Project Engineer-Diesel Engine Development FEV, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Nov 17, 2011 $68,328
Diesel Engine Calibration Engineer Deere & Company Waterloo, IA Oct 01, 2012 $68,000 -
$78,000
Project Engineer-Diesel Engine Development FEV, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Jan 10, 2011 $66,560
Project Engineer-Diesel Engine Development FEV, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Nov 01, 2010 $66,560

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Top Skills for A Diesel Engineer

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Top Diesel Engineer Skills

  1. Cummins Diesel Engines
  2. Cummins Insite
  3. Troubleshoot
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Repaired and rebuilt Cummins Diesel Engines (all models) to factory specifications.
  • Performed computer diagnostics to identify engine problems and fault codes using Cummins Insite program.
  • Communicated with customer and internal Service Coordinators through process of initiating, troubleshooting and drafting job plans.
  • Managed documentation tracking engine performance for new diesel program.
  • Maintained all generators and air compressors.

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