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Become A Mechanical Designer

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Working As A 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

  • $57,700

    Average Salary

What Does A Mechanical Designer Do

A Mechanical Designer creates designs for mechanical devices and equipment. They work closely with engineers and architects to complete their work.

How To Become A 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.


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.


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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Crawford Thomas Recruiting
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$55,405 Estimated

Oxford Solutions
Canonsburg, PA
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$54,203 Estimated

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA
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$58,266 Estimated

Huntsville, AL
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$56,149 Estimated

GCR Technical Staffing
Fremont, CA
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$63,036 Estimated

Oxford Solutions
Zelienople, PA
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$54,203 Estimated

Qualified Staffing
Clintonville, WI
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$47,248 Estimated

Charlotte, NC
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$50,317 Estimated

Lancaster Laboratories
Louisville, KY
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$51,051 Estimated

Denver, CO
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$54,631 Estimated

Saint Louis, MO
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$51,244 Estimated

Peak Technical Staffing USA
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$62,610 Estimated

General Dynamics
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$54,469 Estimated

Lexington, MA
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$58,266 Estimated

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Real Mechanical Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Staff Engineer, Cell Mechanical Design Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 13, 2016 $150,000 -
Mechanical Design 4 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Nov 28, 2016 $140,000 -
Engineering Specialist I, Mechanical Design&Develo Xerox Corporation Wilsonville, OR Sep 27, 2013 $94,354
Hvac Mechanical Designer The Greenbusch Group, Inc. Seattle, WA Nov 30, 2016 $91,936 -
Manager Mechanical Implant Design Advanced Bionics LLC Santa Clarita, CA Sep 10, 2013 $90,000 -
Engineer II, Mechanical Design Intelligent Energy, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 01, 2013 $88,000
Engineer II, Mechanical Design Intelligent Energy, Inc. Long Beach, CA Sep 17, 2013 $88,000
Engineer II, Mechanical Design Intelligent Energy, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 29, 2013 $88,000
Principal Mechanical Designer BISN Oil Tools LLC Houston, TX Aug 17, 2015 $85,000
Mechanical Drafters Tata Consultancy Services Limited San Jose, CA Apr 10, 2015 $83,000
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Top Skills for A Mechanical Designer


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Top Mechanical Designer Skills

  1. Engineering Department
  2. Solid Models
  3. Auto CAD
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Drafted metals and other materials determined by Engineering Department.
  • Researched assignments and developed complex mechanical designs including development of associated three dimensional solid models and manufacturing drawings.
  • Created a 3D model from rough sketches and dimensions using Inventor and Auto CAD.
  • Maintained/updated industrial machine layout drawings.
  • Commended for strengths in defining complex product design models for turbine blades, shroud blocks and fuel delivery piping assemblies.

Top Mechanical Designer Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Mechanical Designer

  1. National Oilwell Varco
  2. CDI Corporation
  3. L-3 Communications
  4. Aerotek
  5. Raytheon
  6. Metso Minerals
  7. The Boeing Company
  8. Intel Corporation
  9. Motivepower
  10. Lockheed Martin
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