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Working As A Lead Design 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

  • $106,506

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Design 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 Lead Design 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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Lead Design Engineer Career Paths

Lead Design Engineer
Product Designer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Chief Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Designer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Design Engineering Manager Project Manager Engineering Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Lead Mechanical Engineer Lead Engineer Engineering Supervisor
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Mechanical Engineer Engineering Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Senior Business Analyst Product Manager
Product Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Product Designer Mechanical Designer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Account Executive Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Account Manager
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Design Engineering Manager Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Designer Engineer Mechanical Engineer
Senior Mechanical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Vice President, Technology
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Principal Engineer 4.7 years
Tool Engineer 4.5 years
Design Checker 4.5 years
Product Engineer 3.6 years
Design Engineer 3.4 years
Advanced Engineer 3.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Design Team Lead 2.8 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 5.8%
Designer 3.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.4%
Engineer 2.9%

Lead Design Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

88.7%

Female

9.2%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

71.5%

Asian

15.7%

Hispanic or Latino

9.1%

Unknown

2.9%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.1%

Carrier

13.0%

German

8.7%

Japanese

6.5%

Russian

6.5%

French

4.3%

Korean

4.3%

Arabic

4.3%

Portuguese

2.2%

Bulgarian

2.2%

Mandarin

2.2%

Cantonese

2.2%

Hmong

2.2%

Shan

2.2%
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Lead Design Engineer Education

Schools

Pennsylvania State University

7.0%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.3%

Wayne State University

6.3%

University of Phoenix

6.3%

University of Illinois University Administration

6.3%

Clemson University

5.6%

University of Louisville

4.9%

University of Houston

4.9%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.9%

University of Washington

4.9%

Syracuse University

4.2%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.2%

University of Florida

4.2%

Arizona State University

4.2%

Bradley University

4.2%

University of Central Florida

4.2%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.2%

University of Southern California

4.2%

West Virginia University

4.2%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

36.3%

Electrical Engineering

17.0%

Business

8.8%

Drafting And Design

5.0%

Engineering

4.5%

Aerospace Engineering

3.1%

Civil Engineering

2.7%

Computer Science

2.4%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.2%

Computer Engineering

2.1%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Management

2.0%

Graphic Design

2.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Industrial Technology

1.7%

Project Management

1.7%

Finance

1.5%

Engineering Technology

1.3%

Information Technology

1.1%

Industrial Engineering

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.2%

Masters

30.3%

Other

12.6%

Associate

5.6%

Certificate

2.4%

Doctorate

1.6%

Diploma

0.2%
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Real Lead Design Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Lead Physical Design Engineer Cavium, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 22, 2016 $155,106 -
$170,106
Lead Design for Testability Engineer Aricent N.A.Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 23, 2016 $152,131
Lead Design Engineer Mindlance, Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 28, 2016 $140,000
Lead Design Engineer Technicon Design Corporation Parksdale, CA Sep 08, 2015 $139,875
Managed Memory Design Engineer Lead Micron Technology, Inc. Boise, ID Aug 29, 2016 $136,094
Lead Design Engineer Datera, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 21, 2015 $135,000
Lead Design Engineer Cadence Design Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 29, 2016 $135,000 -
$152,131
Lead Design Engineer Cadence Design Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 22, 2016 $133,510 -
$141,700
Lead Physical Design Engineer Cyient, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 06, 2016 $131,300
Lead Physical Design Engineer Cyient, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 07, 2015 $131,300
Lead Physical Design Engineer Cavium, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 03, 2015 $130,562 -
$140,965
Lead Design Engineer Cadence Design Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 16, 2016 $128,920 -
$143,720
Lead Design Engineer (MCU and Wireless) Silicon Laboratories Inc. Austin, TX Jul 10, 2016 $128,270 -
$143,063
Lead Design Engineer Cadence Design Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 14, 2016 $119,060 -
$141,700
Lead Design Engineer Cadence Design Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 15, 2016 $119,060 -
$141,700
Lead Design Engineer Cadence Design Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA May 16, 2016 $119,060 -
$141,700
Lead Design Engineer Cadence Design Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 01, 2016 $118,741 -
$141,700
Lead Design Engineer Cadence Design Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 30, 2015 $118,728 -
$138,728
Lead Design Engineer Cadence Design Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA May 20, 2016 $118,135 -
$141,700
Lead Design Engineer Cadence Design Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 07, 2015 $116,145 -
$141,700
Lead Design Engineer Cadence Design Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 30, 2015 $116,145 -
$141,700
I&E Lead Design Engineer Chevron Corporation Richmond, CA Aug 13, 2015 $105,000
Lead Design Engineer Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc. Northville, MI Jan 05, 2016 $105,000
Lead Design Engineer Intersil Communications LLC, An Intersil Corporation Company Austin, TX Jun 20, 2015 $103,126
Lead Design Engineer Cadence Design Systems, Inc. Columbia, MD Jun 01, 2015 $101,707 -
$122,850
Lead Project & Design Engineer Phoenix Solar, Inc. San Ramon, CA Oct 24, 2016 $100,000
Lead Project and Design Engineer Phoenix Solar Inc. San Ramon, CA Nov 01, 2016 $100,000
Design Engineer-Research & Design Engineer Lead Belcan Engineering Group, Inc. Peoria, IL Sep 16, 2015 $99,029
Design Engineer-Research & Design Engineer Lead Belcan Engineering Group, Inc. Peoria, IL Jun 01, 2016 $99,029

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Top Skills for A Lead Design Engineer

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Top Lead Design Engineer Skills

  1. Product Design
  2. Parts
  3. CAD
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Develop new analysis methodologies as appropriate for new product design.
  • Sourced increased precision parts (100X tighter tolerance) which increased product reliability while affecting only a 10% cost increase.
  • Interfaced with Cadence AE's to pipe clean new layout tools.
  • Created detailed part and assembly drawings that included manufacturing tolerances, MS hardware specifications, and assembly procedures.
  • Lead design engineer over staff of eight designers throughout the project, from conceptual design through final installation.

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