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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

  • $65,823

    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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Mechanical Designer Career Paths

Mechanical Designer
Piping Designer Senior Designer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Project Manager Product Manager
Director Of Product Development
11 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Designer Senior Mechanical Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Systems Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Process Engineer Facility Engineer
Facilities/Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Piping Designer Field Engineer Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Operations Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Design Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Design Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Product Development Engineer
Project Management Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Engineer Mechanical Engineer Project Engineer
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Engineer Research And Development Manager
Research And Development Director
12 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Senior Manufacturing Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Mechanical Engineer
Senior Mechanical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Mechanical Designer Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Carrier

  • French

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Mandarin

  • Portuguese

  • Japanese

  • Russian

  • Italian

  • Vietnamese

  • Hindi

  • Arabic

  • Cantonese

  • Romanian

  • Gujarati

  • Korean

  • Bulgarian

  • Turkish

  • Malay

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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. San Jose, CA Jul 29, 2013 $88,000
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
Principal Mechanical Designer BISN Oil Tools LLC Houston, TX Aug 17, 2015 $85,000
Mechanical Designer Emergent Systems Corporation Farmington Hills, MI Sep 01, 2015 $83,000 -
Mechanical Drafters Tata Consultancy Services Limited San Jose, CA Apr 10, 2015 $83,000
Mechanical Designer New Era Converting MacHinery, Inc. Paterson, NJ Oct 10, 2013 $82,228
Mechanical Designer Emergent Systems Corporation Farmington Hills, MI Sep 26, 2015 $67,974 -
Onsite Lead Mechanical Drafter Tata Consultancy Services Limited Houston, TX Jul 24, 2014 $67,500
Mechanical Drafter Tata Consultancy Services Limited Arlington Heights, IL Aug 22, 2014 $67,000
Mechanical Designer Tait Towers, Inc. Lititz, PA Sep 03, 2013 $67,000
Mechanical Designer Glumac San Francisco, CA Jun 15, 2015 $66,498
Mechanical Drafter Tata Consultancy Services Limited Arlington Heights, IL Aug 22, 2014 $66,100
Mechanical Drafter Tata Consultancy Services Limited Houston, TX Nov 07, 2013 $66,000
Mechanical Designer Polytech Heating LLC OR Mar 01, 2014 $59,960
Mechanical Designer Advanced Flow Engineering Inc. Corona, CA Oct 01, 2013 $59,208
Mechanical Designer Glumac Portland, OR Sep 12, 2013 $58,968
Mechanical Designer Seville Classics, Inc. Torrance, CA Sep 15, 2016 $58,000
Mechanical Designer CP Manufacturing, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 18, 2013 $57,893
Mechanical Designer CP Manufacturing, Inc. San Diego, CA Nov 13, 2014 $57,262
Mechanical Designer Jordan & Skala Engineers, Inc. Norcross, GA Aug 22, 2016 $57,262 -

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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.

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