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Working As An Electro-Mechanical Designer

  • 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 An Electro-Mechanical Designer 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 An Electro-Mechanical Designer

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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Electro-Mechanical Designer Career Paths

Electro-Mechanical Designer
Mechanical Designer Design Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Project Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Project Engineer Application Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Mechanical Engineer Plant Engineer
Plant Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Design Engineer Research And Development Engineer
Research And Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Electrical Designer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Electrical Designer Engineer Production Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Designer Product Engineer Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Electrical Designer Electrical Engineer Service Engineer
Engineering Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Drafter Mechanical Engineer Product Development Engineer
Lead Product Developer
7 Yearsyrs
Designer Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Designer Project Engineer Project Lead Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Draftsman Engineering Technician Senior Engineering Technician
Engineering Laboratory Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Supervisor Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Design Drafter Product Engineer Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
PCB Designer 6.0 years
Top Careers Before Electro-Mechanical Designer
Draftsman 6.7%
Designer 5.3%
Drafter 1.9%
Top Careers After Electro-Mechanical Designer
Designer 4.1%

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Electro-Mechanical Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

89.5%

Female

6.6%

Unknown

4.0%
Ethnicity

White

58.7%

Hispanic or Latino

17.4%

Asian

10.2%

Black or African American

9.8%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Vietnamese

20.0%

German

10.0%

Greek

10.0%

Carrier

10.0%
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Electro-Mechanical Designer Education

Schools

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

8.4%

El Camino College

8.4%

De Anza College

7.2%

Pennsylvania State University

7.2%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

7.2%

University of Phoenix

6.0%

State University of New York Farmingdale

4.8%

Texas State Technical College - Waco

4.8%

Houston Community College

4.8%

More Tech Institute

4.8%

Texas State Technical College - Harlingen

3.6%

Pima Community College

3.6%

A-Technical College

3.6%

Saint Augustine College

3.6%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.6%

Northwest Florida State College

3.6%

College of San Mateo

3.6%

University of Bridgeport

3.6%

Bristol Community College

3.6%

University of Utah

3.6%
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Majors

Drafting And Design

35.0%

Mechanical Engineering

17.5%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

6.9%

Electrical Engineering

6.9%

Business

5.1%

Engineering

4.2%

Graphic Design

3.6%

Industrial Technology

3.3%

Computer Science

2.7%

Management

1.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.5%

Engineering Technology

1.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.5%

Liberal Arts

1.5%

Aerospace Engineering

1.2%

Computer Applications

1.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.2%

Project Management

1.2%

Mechatronics And Robotics

0.9%

Engineering Science

0.9%
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Degrees

Other

32.4%

Associate

29.8%

Bachelors

22.4%

Certificate

8.2%

Masters

3.8%

Diploma

3.1%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for An Electro-Mechanical Designer

  1. Engineering Department
  2. Layout
  3. Auto-Cad
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  • Provided mechanical design/drafting support for system engineering department.
  • Design layout of electronics module for interfacing into cabinet.
  • Work was performed on Auto-Cad Rev 12.
  • Integrated Electrical and Mechanical components into rack mounted enclosures for Synchronization Products using SolidWorks.
  • Produced multiple customer-designed products that were subsequently integrated into the company's standard product lines.

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