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Working As A Lead Mechanical 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

  • $92,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Mechanical 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 Mechanical 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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Average Length of Employment
Design Engineer 3.4 years
Top Careers Before Lead Mechanical Design Engineer
Engineer 3.5%
Internship 2.0%
Top Careers After Lead Mechanical Design Engineer
Engineer 2.3%
Designer 1.7%

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Lead Mechanical Design Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

84.2%

Unknown

10.3%

Female

5.4%
Ethnicity

White

59.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Asian

11.8%

Black or African American

10.4%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

29.4%

French

17.6%

Chinese

11.8%

Japanese

11.8%

German

5.9%

Greek

5.9%

Bengali

5.9%

Dakota

5.9%

Ningbo

5.9%
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Lead Mechanical Design Engineer Education

Schools

Northeastern University

9.0%

Rochester Institute of Technology

7.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.7%

Pennsylvania State University

6.7%

Purdue University

6.7%

University of Florida

5.6%

North Carolina State University

5.6%

University of Washington

5.6%

Arizona State University

4.5%

San Jose State University

4.5%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

4.5%

University of Cincinnati

4.5%

University of Arizona

4.5%

University of California - San Diego

3.4%

University of Central Florida

3.4%

Santa Clara University

3.4%

Texas A&M University

3.4%

California State University - Sacramento

3.4%

University of Alabama at Huntsville

3.4%

Utah State University

3.4%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

59.4%

Drafting And Design

6.8%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

6.2%

Business

6.2%

Engineering

4.0%

Aerospace Engineering

3.7%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.2%

Engineering Technology

1.5%

Industrial Engineering

1.2%

Electrical Engineering

1.2%

Management

0.9%

Precision Metal Working

0.9%

Computer Science

0.9%

Biomedical Engineering

0.9%

Project Management

0.9%

Systems Engineering

0.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

0.6%

Physics

0.6%

Computer Engineering

0.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

58.2%

Masters

20.1%

Other

10.9%

Associate

6.7%

Certificate

2.2%

Doctorate

1.4%

Diploma

0.6%
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Best Paying Company
Jabil
Highest Paying City
Santa Clara, CA
Highest Paying State
Maine
Avg Experience Level
4.2 years
How much does a Lead Mechanical Design Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Lead Mechanical Design Engineer in the United States is $93,085 per year or $45 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $68,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $125,000.

Real Lead Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Mechanical Design Engineer XDIN, Inc. Greensboro, NC Sep 16, 2013 $109,275
Lead Mechanical Design Engineer Formulatrix, Inc. Bedford, MA Jun 05, 2016 $107,806
Mechanical Engineer Leader-Custom Design Team Digital Technology Laboratory Corporation Davis, CA Sep 15, 2015 $105,000
Lead Mechanical Design Engineer General Electric Company Florence, SC Aug 23, 2016 $100,000 -
$110,000
Lead Mechanical Design Engineer Bluelibris, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Oct 01, 2011 $98,509
Lead Mechanical Design Engineer GE Oil & Gas, Inc. Schertz, TX Feb 02, 2015 $95,000
Senior Design Engineer/Lead Mechanical Engineer Jamco America, Inc. Everett, WA Jul 10, 2011 $92,500 -
$100,000
Mechanical Design Engineer MTS Lead Hughes Network Systems, LLC Germantown, MD Oct 09, 2014 $81,411
Lead Mechanical Design Engineer Canopus Systems Us LLC Fieldbrook, CA Apr 01, 2015 $80,000
Lead Mechanical Design Engineer Aquila Space Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Feb 23, 2015 $80,000
Lead Mechanical Design Engineer Rotor Design General Electric Company-Infrastructure Greenville, SC Jan 15, 2013 $74,400

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Top Skills for A Lead Mechanical Design Engineer

  1. Engineering Department
  2. CAD
  3. Mechanical Design
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  • Interacted with CAD designers, purchasing, quality, manufacturing and electrical/software engineering organizations on project tasks and work packages.
  • Led the mechanical design of satellite system test racks and certification/verification documentation packages for final ground support equipment rack acceptance.
  • Designed full-scale models of a horizontal conveyor and an inclined conveyor utilizing SolidWorks.
  • Fabricated prototypes using 3D printing; 3-axis CNC; Manual lathes, mills, and drill presses and basic hand tools
  • Developed engineering change notices (ECN) and a bill of materials (BOM) for the project.

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  2. District of Columbia
  3. Alaska
  4. Texas
  5. Delaware
  6. New Hampshire
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Arizona
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