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Working As A Hydraulic 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

  • $83,895

    Average Salary

What Does A Hydraulic 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 Hydraulic 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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Hydraulic Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

83.3%

Female

12.1%

Unknown

4.5%
Ethnicity

White

53.4%

Asian

17.2%

Hispanic or Latino

12.3%

Black or African American

10.0%

Unknown

7.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.5%

French

15.4%

Vietnamese

7.7%

Dari

7.7%

Bengali

7.7%

Russian

7.7%

Arabic

7.7%

Hindi

7.7%
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Hydraulic Engineer Education

Schools

Rochester Institute of Technology

10.0%

Youngstown State University

6.0%

Bluefield State College

6.0%

Pennsylvania State University

6.0%

Oklahoma State University

6.0%

Lawrence Technological University

6.0%

Utah State University

6.0%

Purdue University

6.0%

University of Connecticut

4.0%

Syracuse University

4.0%

North Carolina State University

4.0%

Arizona State University

4.0%

University of Washington

4.0%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

4.0%

Lynchburg College

4.0%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.0%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.0%

Wayne State University

4.0%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

4.0%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

4.0%
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Majors

Civil Engineering

31.1%

Mechanical Engineering

25.0%

Business

7.4%

Engineering

4.7%

Surveying, Mapping, And Hydraulic Technologies

4.1%

Aerospace Engineering

3.4%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.7%

Management

2.0%

Geology

2.0%

Drafting And Design

2.0%

Chemical Engineering

2.0%

Nuclear Engineering

2.0%

Environmental Engineering

2.0%

Sociology

1.4%

Sustainability

1.4%

Engineering Science

1.4%

Mining Engineering

1.4%

Automotive Technology

1.4%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.4%

Materials Science And Engineering

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.2%

Masters

36.6%

Other

13.1%

Doctorate

7.7%

Certificate

3.3%

Associate

2.2%
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Real Hydraulic Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Hydraulic Fracturing Modeling Engineer BP America Inc. Houston, TX Jun 10, 2014 $124,238
Hydraulic Francturing Modeling Engineer BP America Inc. Houston, TX Oct 06, 2016 $122,100
Hydraulic Fracturing Modeling Engineer BP America Inc. Houston, TX Oct 06, 2016 $122,100
Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation Engineering Special Apex Petroleum Engineering, Inc. Englewood, CO Jun 15, 2013 $121,000
Hydraulic Fracturing Modeling Engineer BP America Inc. Houston, TX Aug 30, 2016 $120,536 -
$123,198
Hydraulic Fracture Monitoring Engineer Schlumberger Technology Corporation Houston, TX Dec 01, 2012 $118,300
Hydraulic Fracturing Modeling Engineer BP America Inc. Houston, TX Aug 30, 2016 $108,500 -
$123,198
Pipeline Hydraulic Engineer URS Corporation Houston, TX Feb 19, 2016 $106,246
Mechanical and Hydraulics Engineer Pacific Drilling Services, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 07, 2014 $105,260
Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation Engineering Special Apex Petroleum Engineering, Inc. Englewood, CO Jun 15, 2011 $105,000
Pipeline Hydraulic Engineer URS Corporation Houston, TX Jan 23, 2015 $101,171
Hydraulic Pump Modeling Engineer Ford Motor Company Dearborn, MI Sep 11, 2015 $91,562 -
$109,740
Hydraulics Engineer Jungheinrich Design Center Houston Houston, TX Nov 15, 2012 $90,000
Hydraulics Engineer Jungheinrich Design Center Houston Houston, TX Dec 08, 2013 $90,000
Hydraulic Engineer Taco, Inc. Cranston, RI Sep 08, 2015 $88,920
Hydraulic Engineer West Consultants, Inc. Folsom, CA Oct 01, 2013 $88,172
Flow Assurance Hydraulic Engineer GL Noble Denton, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 29, 2015 $87,550 -
$95,000
Hydraulic Engineer URS Corporation Oakland, CA May 05, 2014 $87,404
Hydraulics Engineer Benteler Automotive Corporation Holland, MI Jan 27, 2016 $86,397
Hydraulic Engineer Amerit Consulting, Inc. Decatur, IL Aug 13, 2012 $80,350
Senior Hydraulic Engineer Jungheinrich Design Center Houston Houston, TX Aug 10, 2012 $80,000 -
$100,000
Hydraulic Engineer Taco, Inc. Cranston, RI Oct 01, 2015 $80,000 -
$103,000
Hydraulic Engineer-Vertical Pumps Sulzer Pumps Us Inc. Brookshire, TX Jun 01, 2012 $79,435
Hydraulic Engineer Sulzer Pumps (Us) Inc. Brookshire, TX Sep 25, 2012 $79,435 -
$99,798
Hydraulic Engineer-Cfd Specialist Franklin Electric Co., Inc. Fort Wayne, IN Sep 30, 2014 $79,331
Thermal-Hydraulics Engineer (Mechanical) Areva NP Inc. Lynchburg, VA Aug 22, 2011 $79,000
Thermal-Hydraulic Engineer Areva NP Inc. Lynchburg, VA Feb 28, 2013 $77,585

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Top Skills for A Hydraulic Engineer

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  1. Hydraulic Systems
  2. Drainage
  3. Hydraulic Design
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  • Complete hydraulic schematics of hydraulic systems.
  • Completed conceptual roadway drainage design.
  • Develop and ensure stability of hydraulic designs and recommendations against erosive forces and scour.
  • Created two HEC-RAS models and completed a technical memorandum for the North Fork and South Fork Campbell Creek river crossings.
  • Carried out hydrological and hydraulic analysis.

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