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Working As A Laboratory 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

  • $88,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Laboratory 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 Laboratory 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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Laboratory Engineer
Engineer Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Analyst Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Project Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Design Engineer Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Design Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Quality Assurance Engineer Senior Test Engineer
Test Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Research And Development Engineer Research And Development Manager
Research And Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Sales Engineer Technical Sales Representative
Technical Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Project Manager Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Application Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Application Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Senior Engineering Team Leader
8 Yearsyrs
Software Test Engineer Senior Software Engineer Senior Technical Consultant
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Software Test Engineer Senior Engineer Project Lead Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Database Administrator ETL Developer
Product Lead
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$88,000
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$62,000
Min 10%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$124,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Facebook
Highest Paying City
Cupertino, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does a Laboratory Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Laboratory Engineer in the United States is $88,318 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $62,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $124,000.

Real Laboratory Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Rock Mechanics Laboratory Engineer/Geoscientist Conocophillips Company Bartlesville, OK Sep 12, 2014 $118,664 -
$164,000
Lab Engineer Cisco Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 04, 2015 $113,048 -
$135,000
Camera Lab Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 15, 2012 $110,000 -
$115,000
Camera Lab Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Nov 21, 2011 $110,000 -
$115,000
Network and Lab Engineer OKTA, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 28, 2016 $110,000 -
$130,000
Signal Integrity Lab Characterization Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 03, 2012 $110,000 -
$130,000
Analog IP Lab Characterization Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jul 17, 2013 $105,000 -
$125,000
Analog IP Lab Characterization Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Nov 07, 2014 $102,606 -
$120,000
Laboratory Engineer IBM Corporation Yorktown Heights, NY Nov 23, 2015 $99,023 -
$130,273
Lab Engineer I A2Z Development Center, Inc. Cupertino, CA Jun 03, 2015 $98,488 -
$108,300
Lab Engineer Riverbed Technology, Inc. Bethesda, MD Oct 16, 2013 $97,000
Engineer, Laboratory Services UTC Power Corporation South Windsor, CT Aug 29, 2011 $92,789 -
$98,404
Product Engineering Lab Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 18, 2011 $92,700
Laboratory Engineer M-I LLC Aka M-I Swaco Houston, TX Mar 05, 2014 $84,370
Laboratory Engineer Schlumberger Technology Corporation Sugar Land, TX Aug 20, 2014 $84,000
Lab Engineer-Systems Automation Riverbed Technology, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 01, 2011 $82,306 -
$105,000
Lab Execution Engineer AMKO Software Solutions, Inc. Redmond, WA Sep 01, 2015 $81,432
Lab Engineer I A2Z Development Center, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 21, 2014 $80,746 -
$108,300
Applications Laboratory Engineer Ak Steel Corporation Dearborn, MI Aug 30, 2016 $78,957
Test Lab Engineer DXP Enterprises, Inc. Houston, TX Apr 15, 2015 $78,500
Laboratory Engineer Riga Analytical Lab, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 15, 2011 $70,554
Lab Engineer Cisco Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 01, 2010 $70,304 -
$94,500
Lab Engineer RAB Lighting, Inc. Northvale, NJ Aug 28, 2016 $70,204
Laboratory Engineer Welspun Pipes, Inc. Little Rock, AR Sep 15, 2014 $70,000
Engine Testing Lab Engineer ZYNP International Corp. Romulus, MI Sep 24, 2013 $68,500 -
$80,000
Lab Engineer P3 North America, Inc. Southfield, MI Sep 15, 2016 $68,000
Lab Engineer P3 North America, Inc. Dearborn, MI May 09, 2016 $68,000

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Top Skills for A Laboratory Engineer

  1. Lab Engineer
  2. Test Procedures
  3. Hardware Issues
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed as a Test Lab Engineer, and ME support for Cabin Systems Test Racks/Fixtures.
  • Assisted senior R&D engineers with software testing, electronic circuit prototyping, optical measurements, and creating test procedures.
  • Installed Citrix clients running on Windows XP professional.
  • Created and configured special case setups that required Hyper-V images, DHCP, DNS, and Windows Firewall.
  • Analyzed requirements, wrote test plans, constructed test beds, manually executed test cases and documented results.

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Top 10 Best States for Laboratory Engineers

  1. District of Columbia
  2. Alaska
  3. Maryland
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Delaware
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Texas
  8. Michigan
  9. Virginia
  10. New Mexico
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Laboratory Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

73.8%

Female

13.9%

Unknown

12.4%
Ethnicity

White

54.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.3%

Asian

14.0%

Black or African American

8.9%

Unknown

8.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

34.9%

Carrier

11.6%

Arabic

9.3%

Chinese

7.0%

Japanese

4.7%

French

4.7%

Mandarin

4.7%

Persian

4.7%

German

2.3%

Khmer

2.3%

Czech

2.3%

Hebrew

2.3%

Hindi

2.3%

Urdu

2.3%

Polish

2.3%

Korean

2.3%
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Laboratory Engineer Education

Schools

Bellevue College

7.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

7.2%

University of Washington

7.2%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.6%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

5.9%

San Jose State University

5.9%

More Tech Institute

5.3%

Arizona State University

4.6%

Pennsylvania State University

4.6%

Lawrence Technological University

4.6%

Northeastern University

4.6%

Wayne State University

3.9%

Wake Technical Community College

3.9%

Michigan State University

3.9%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.9%

University of Florida

3.9%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.9%

Drexel University

3.9%

Iowa State University

3.9%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.9%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

18.5%

Mechanical Engineering

17.3%

Computer Science

6.9%

Chemical Engineering

6.9%

Civil Engineering

5.3%

Business

5.0%

Chemistry

4.7%

Computer Information Systems

4.2%

Physics

3.7%

Biomedical Engineering

3.2%

Computer Engineering

3.0%

Engineering

2.7%

Computer Networking

2.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.4%

Materials Science And Engineering

2.4%

Information Technology

2.4%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.4%

Industrial Technology

2.2%

Management

2.1%

Industrial Engineering

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.2%

Masters

23.6%

Other

12.3%

Associate

6.3%

Doctorate

4.5%

Certificate

3.1%

Diploma

1.0%
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