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Top Mechanical Engineer Skills

Much of a mechanical engineer's job is based in being highly technically skilled in a specific area, so the exact technical skills a mechanical engineer will need depend on the area of work. Of these specializations though, some of the most highly in-demand hard skills are experience with the software SolidWorks, work with electrical systems, and work with HVAC systems. For all mechanical engineers, engineering design and computer-aided design (CAD) are crucial skills.

When it comes to soft skills, mechanical engineers should have strong problem-solving and teamwork skills. Mechanical engineers need to collaborate with many different people in the course of their work, so teamwork skills are a huge plus.

Below we've compiled a list of the most important skills for a mechanical engineer. We ranked the top skills based on the percentage of mechanical engineer resumes they appeared on. For example, 10.9% of mechanical engineer resumes contained engineering design as a skill. Let's find out what skills a mechanical engineer actually needs in order to be successful in the workplace.

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1. Engineering Design

high Demand

Engineering design is defined as the method that engineers use to recognize and solve problems. It is an extensive and flexible approach to problem-solving and provides the necessary information needed regarding every step of the process. An engineering design is a collaborative effort of the team to identify problems underlying a process and find out ways to solve them.

Here's how Engineering Design is used in Mechanical Engineer jobs:
  • Created Pneumatic and mechanical product-development from conceptualizing new product ideas through sketching, creating models, developing engineering designs and testing.
  • Managed and coordinated fabrication and installation activities to ensure products and systems conform to engineering design and quality specifications.
  • Performed engineering design change requests and technical evaluations to support plant activities from conceptual design through design acceptance testing.
  • Supervised drafting personnel, reviewed drawings for accuracy, performed engineering design analysis and engineering approval for construction drawings.
  • Completed engineering design & development of mechanical systems, including heat transfer, fluid dynamic calculations and technical drawings.
  • Coordinated fabrication activities with manufacturing department to ensure products and systems conform to engineering design and customer specifications.
  • Originated and reviewed of design calculations, material requisitions and service requisitions to support engineering design change packages.
  • Reviewed and evaluated mechanical features of engineering designs, contractor and manufacturer shop drawings for adequacy and practicability.
  • Managed multiple mechanical engineering design projects by researching, designing and sourcing material for custom machined components.
  • Specified system components or direct modification of products to ensure conformance with engineering design and performance specifications.
  • Develop engineering design specifications for Legacy Duke/Legacy Progress Energy Nuclear Plants per their approved engineering procedures.
  • Spearheaded the development of software projects to provide process improvement for engineering design and analysis.
  • Documented Engineering design changes, drafted design proposal, developed qualification plans and progress reports.
  • Resolved engineering design and design specifications issues between part suppliers, manufacturing and assembly department.
  • Perform engineering design analysis necessary for development of new product platforms, systems and components.
  • Performed engineering design on mechanical and electrical systems in support of power generation technologies.
  • Developed and reviewed preliminary engineering designs and specifications in determining funding and equipment requirements.
  • Reviewed area/equipment general arrangement drawings/blueprints, issued engineering design change notices (ECN/DCN).
  • Reported to President, supervised contractors and performed site inspections of proper engineering design.
  • Utilized engineering design and rationale to justify the physical characteristics of a gearbox reducer.

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2. CAD

high Demand

Here's how CAD is used in Mechanical Engineer jobs:
  • Created methodology to predict cable and harness requirements by importing electrical engineering data into mechanical CAD system.
  • Provided CAD design and manufacturing drawings of several satellites and complex experiments.
  • Developed SolidWorks CAD models and produced mechanical drawings of designed components.
  • Supervised designers involved in the preparation of CAD generated drawings.
  • Performed CAD design/creation of mechanical drawings/fabrication of test fixture hardware.
  • Performed tolerance stack-up analyses and modeled in CAD
  • Integrated electrical components and sub-systems understanding interaction (thermally and electrically), creating virtual models in Solid Works CAD software.
  • Perform FEA on motor features to enhance design quality, and contribute in mechanical, electrical, and CAD design reviews.
  • Evaluated various CAD and PDM software to enable files to be shared within Etch and CVD (Chemical Vapor Deposition).
  • Worked on design, development and testing of lightweight hydraulic hand pump by using solid works (CAD) and cosmos.
  • Generated SolidWorks CAD design concepts to resolve issues and develop new or alternative solutions for walk-in vans (REACH) project.
  • Used CAD software to design mechanical structures, mechanisms, electrical enclosures, hydraulic, pneumatic and other fluid system.
  • Utilized SolidWorks 3D CAD software to design Automated Special Machines, Equipment, and Plastic Injection Molds for Various Companies.
  • Design engineer that used software to create 3D CAD models and fabrication drawings for ATM safes, locks and devices.
  • Customized and modified designs for ease of manufacturing by working with CAD designers, assembly, tooling engineers and customers.
  • Remodel Classic car & truck spindle, steering arms, and all other applicable components with Rapid Works CAD program.
  • Created 3D CAD models, assemblies, and drawings in NX in support of the Bose Ride mechanical group.
  • Conduct modeling, simulation and analysis of products using CAD techniques, SolidWorks Flow Simulation and SolidWorks Simulation.
  • Experience included programming in Basic, FORTRAN 77 and CAD based software (e.g., AutoCAD 12).
  • Contributed 3D CAD knowledge and performed managerial and supervisory tasks for a cutting edge design and fabrication shop.

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3. Solidworks

high Demand

Here's how Solidworks is used in Mechanical Engineer jobs:
  • Utilized skills in three-dimensional computer-aided design software (SolidWorks) to facilitate completion of computer models and drawing packages for manufacture.
  • Validated form fit and function using SolidWorks and tolerance stack-up analysis producing accurate prototype builds requiring no re-work of mechanical parts.
  • Drafted/Modeled detailed components and packaging material contouring to product for shipping and storage using SolidWorks to accomplish jigs/fixture configurations.
  • Collaborated with local machine shops in the manufacture of mechanical components from SolidWorks drawings.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with AutoCAD and SolidWorks in designing and improving existing machine layouts.
  • Established SolidWorks optimization controls to increase engineering efficiency during design and analysis.
  • Provided Mechanical Engineering using SolidWorks to a wide variety of companies.
  • Utilized SolidWorks in manifesting imaginative solutions in mechanical and electrical design.
  • Worked with SolidWorks to independently design specialty machines for various industries.
  • Conduct FEA analysis using SOLIDWORKS Simulation to ensure mechanical design integrity.
  • Create a manufacturing work instructions using Microsoft Publisher and SolidWorks.
  • Designed and developed pneumatic manifolds and test fixtures using SolidWorks.
  • Developed new Raptor Multi-Ply Automated Cutting System using SOLIDWORKS.
  • Designed and developed electrical connectors using SolidWorks.
  • Generated SolidWorks solid models and drawings.
  • Performed finite element analysis (FEA), design optimization, and sensitivity studies using ProEngineer and SolidWorks advanced modeling packages.
  • Learned SolidWorks for use in the design and editing of mechanical drawings involving SpanDeck's international product line consisting of cranes.
  • Model and build prototype parts and machines with 3D printers and modern 3D modeling software, including SOLIDWORKS and AutoCAD.
  • Executed creating 2D Drawings for sheet metal components, frame, and pump-manifold assemblies using SolidWorks GD&T.
  • Lead solid modeling (SolidWorks) for Product Design, working on up to six separate products per week.

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4. Electrical Systems

high Demand

Here's how Electrical Systems is used in Mechanical Engineer jobs:
  • Organized both electrical and mechanical drawings, verified proper labeling of electrical connections, and revised marked-up prints.
  • Repaired hydraulic systems and troubleshooting electrical systems and re-engineered specific parts to work in climate controlled room.
  • Provide direction and supervision for about 300 staff members in operation and maintenance of mechanical and electrical systems
  • Worked closely with electrical engineers in the packaging and development of electrical systems and harness routing.
  • Researched and developed maintenance procedures for clients to effectively maintain their mechanical and electrical systems.
  • Designed and manufactured mechanical and electrical systems for automated heat sealing and packaging machinery.
  • Supervised and performed maintenance of a nuclear reactor and associated steam and electrical systems.
  • Integrate mechanical and electrical systems to improve process equipment for future operations.
  • Developed understanding of Control systems, basic instrumentation & electrical systems.
  • Design and reverse engineer industrial electrical systems for manufactured equipment.
  • Created engineering drawing package for mechanical parts and electrical systems.
  • Maintained and repaired all electrical systems including restaurant appliances.
  • Prepared and reviewed technical documents for mechanical/electrical systems.
  • Performed drawing changes to multiple dynamic electrical systems.
  • Perform inspection, diagnosis, repair and operational tests on fuel and electrical systems on chassis groups of multiple vehicle types.
  • Acted as a Quality Assurance Representative for the Electrical systems of various government contracts totaling up to 35 million dollars.
  • Designed HVAC, plumbing, fire protection systems and electrical systems for residential, commercial, and institutional buildings.
  • Develop electrical systems for fixture/rig (Wiring schematics, wiring, crimping, soldering, etc.).
  • Diagnosed and repaired mechanical and electrical systems used in products, both in the field and during production.
  • Service automotive electrical systems including wiring harness, and starting and charging systems often using tools like voltmeters.

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5. Facility

high Demand

A facility is a location where different operations take place. For example, military and athletic events take place in military and sports facilities. In a nuclear test facility, physicists focus on nuclear research. We can use the word to refer to structures, buildings, and resources that individuals offer for a specific function. Shopping facilities, for instance, are locations where we can purchase goods. Medical facilities may refer to either medical devices or a physical structure. A facility can be used to describe an installation or any other building which is a location where something can be done. It can also be an example of a commercial or administrative building such as a resort, school, office facility, sports stadium, or convention center.

Here's how Facility is used in Mechanical Engineer jobs:
  • Assisted in relocation of company to new facility, including coordinating with architecture and engineering firms to obtain permits for construction.
  • Project engineer in a production facility that manufactured disposable consumer product in a variety of staff, plant and self-initiated projects.
  • Manage facility investigations as the project lead for Retro-Commissioning, Commissioning, LEED Certifications, Energy Audits and Energy Star Certifications.
  • Conduct facility investigations to analyze the existing operation through the building automation system and/or physical testing to generate energy saving opportunities.
  • Analyzed blue prints and performed site surveys to identify mechanical, electrical and control systems and determined facility operational characteristics.
  • Developed LabVIEW programs used to operate and analyze Thermal-Infrared Transfer Radiometer and Absolute Cryogenic Radiometer at Low-Background Infrared facility.
  • Directed a subcontracted certified test facility to test temperature control valve performance under fluid temperature extremes encountered during operation.
  • Designed and managed the facility installation of a pneumatically operated, industrial distillation unit for solvent recovery.
  • Evaluated and documented facility conditions to provide a basis for rational funding and scheduling of necessary repairs.
  • Created proposal for automotive research facility that resulted in contract to test automotive exhaust for benzene emissions.
  • Act as liaison between contractor and engineering to support construction and installation of systems in demonstration facility.
  • Directed and participated in all work areas of a high performance engine design optimization and development facility.
  • Prepared design drawings and specifications for several mechanical facility upgrades for the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority.
  • Generated conceptual designs as well as detailed design for all mechanical hardware produced at this facility.
  • Develop project criteria/scope and direct facility mechanical system design activities on major engineering and construction projects.
  • Provided all engineering and design support of equipment from concept through installation at customer facility.
  • Executed design and purchasing of manufacturing equipment and fixtures for existing and new manufacturing facility.
  • Designed and engineered several projects for remodeling or enhancing the facility for new production order.
  • Managed setup of a new E-Locker assembly facility and integrating different departments in one facility.
  • Solved engineering problems and provide technical support to a nuclear facility performing waste management operations.

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6. Hvac

high Demand

Here's how Hvac is used in Mechanical Engineer jobs:
  • Provided HVAC and plumbing design engineering and field construction support for industrial manufacturing facilities additions and renovations both in-house and on-site.
  • Designed major modifications of nuclear power generation plant systems to maintain safe operation and implement plant piping and HVAC improvements.
  • Obtained ACCA residential HVAC design certification, Carrier Properties of Airflow Certification and Carrier Design of Distribution Certification.
  • Performed statistical analysis and used Hourly Analysis Program to select proper HVAC equipment for adequate ventilation of space.
  • Project responsibilities included HVAC and fire protection engineering task work for Government and military agencies.
  • Calculate HVAC and plumbing requirements for architectural designs -Drafted construction documents for HVAC and plumbing systems
  • Consolidated the original system and equipment design requirements of mechanical fluid and HVAC systems.
  • Developed and initiated installation plans for HVAC systems and ensured proper performance.
  • Provided HVAC systems calculations for HVAC system verification of energy requirements.
  • Calculate and Design HVAC requirements for Residential and Commercial projects
  • Coordinated HVAC equipment selection for projects with vendors/manufacturers.
  • Check and repair all HVAC equipment including refrigeration equipment
  • Perform detailed HVAC calculations and equipment selections.
  • Designed HVAC systems for new and renovated manufacturing facilities, hazardous vapor type process facilities, office spaces and warehouse spaces.
  • Installed and repaired HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and commercial appliances for over 20 retirement facilities across 4 separate states.
  • Design HVAC, piping, plumbing and fire protection system for auto plants for Ford, Chrysler and General Motor Corporation.
  • Used SNAME and ASHREA SHIP HVAC Load calculation methods to design pressurized spaces to limit infiltration from outside air deck contaminant.
  • Designed mechanical systems for shipboard installation of sonar/radar systems, HP/LP air systems, seawater cooling, boilers, and HVAC.
  • Designed heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for chemical process plants, new construction and redesign.
  • Designed HVAC systems for high rise residential condominiums, hotels, retail and commercial spaces under supervision of senior Mechanical Engineer.

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7. Engineering Drawings

high Demand

Engineering drawings are technical drawings that tell about the requirements for engineering components or equipment. Such drawings have standardized languages and symbols. There are multiple types of engineering drawings such as isometric drawing, orthographic or multiview drawing, schematic drawings, one view, and two view drawings, etc.

Here's how Engineering Drawings is used in Mechanical Engineer jobs:
  • Inspected dimensional features of fabricated parts and assemblies from engineering drawings supplied by both outside vendors and our internal manufacturing department.
  • Evaluated and created parts for mechanical assembly lines Proposed and presented engineering changes to managers Created and revised engineering drawings using AutoCAD
  • Checked and modified engineering drawings in AutoCAD -Generated cut lists from engineering drawings -Prepared solid models for presentations to potential customers
  • Initiated detailed reports regarding component parts design, suitability, performance and age and submitted new or revised engineering drawings.
  • Review customer specifications and requirements to create detailed design proposal packages with sales, including engineering drawings for quote.
  • Produce engineering drawings using ProEngineer, complete with all necessary information for production including exact bill of materials.
  • Specified and reviewed engineering drawings to carry out desired dimension object under tolerances in the well-equipped workshop.
  • Used SolidWorks to generated necessary CAD models, engineering drawings, assembly, and necessary engineering documents.
  • Interpret engineering drawings and facilitate corrections of errors on drawings and documents identified during manufacturing operations.
  • Reviewed detailed engineering drawings and associated technical maintenance manuals to identify deficiencies in documentation needing correction.
  • Produce engineering drawings, realistic renderings, and procedural written/video documents for technicians and customers.
  • Worked on multiple concurrent projects, analyzing requirements and creating engineering drawings and project documents.
  • Reviewed and revised 2D/3D drawings according to design specifications and prepared engineering drawings for manufacturing.
  • Specify component requirements, identify suppliers, and coordinate release of product drawings to manufacturing.
  • Championed the introduction of continuous improvement initiatives to improve engineering drawings and project execution.
  • Reviewed contractor's engineering drawings for accuracy and conformance to city codes and specifications.
  • Generated SolidWorks models and corresponding engineering drawings of large assemblies, sub-assemblies and components.
  • Analyzed engineering drawings to determine functionality, maintenance, and calibration of tools.
  • Reviewed engineering drawings, procedures, specifications and test requirements for flight development.
  • Create engineering drawings and interface with manufacturers around the globe during PowerBuoy fabrication.

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8. Creo

high Demand

Here's how Creo is used in Mechanical Engineer jobs:
  • Designed test fixtures using CREO for component-level experimental testing and assembly-level validation testing.
  • Attained SolidWorks CSWP certification and maintaining proficiency within CREO & AutoCad
  • Created new assemblies in CreO, published to the company product database and obtained approval for inclusion into the product catalog.
  • Used CREO 2.0 for the design and development of manual/automated gauges for components like cylinder block and connecting rods.
  • Designed, revised, and drafted new and existing components and large assemblies using CREO Parametric.
  • Design various mechanical printer parts and mechanisms using ProEngineer Wildfire 3.0, 5.0, and CREO.
  • Experience with solid Modeling & mechanical drawing creation using CREO, Pro/Engineer, and SolidWorks.
  • Design studies; GD&T; hand calculations; CREO animation for presentation purposes.
  • Designed mechanisms for the Automated Transfer Switch (CREO).
  • Modeled from 2D drawings a Spacecraft Shelter utilizing CREO 2.
  • Trained younger engineers on CREO best practices.
  • Created 3D CAD designs using Pro-E Wildfire 2.0 - CREO, NX Ideas of piece parts to full up assemblies.
  • Supported refrigeration testing with construction of prototype cabinet assemblies using Creo.
  • Redesigned testing equipment for acoustic testing procedures utilizing Creo Parametric.
  • Designed, modeled, and created drawings for jigs and pipe forming tooling and checking fixtures in Creo Parametric.
  • Utilized Creo Elements/Pro 5.0 (formerly Pro/engineer) for all 3D designs and Windchill 10.0 for all file maintenance.
  • Led the setup and installation of Creo; including software install, licensing setup and standard procedure creation.
  • Use of Creo to create and modify: complex assemblies, skeleton models, antenna and structural components.
  • Mentor new engineers Model best design practices and efficient use of CREO and Windchill /TeamCenter engineering release processes.
  • Full time position as a Mechanical Engineer using CREO, Solid works and AutoCAD for design software.

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I believe that all young graduates should focus on building their soft-skills in addition to building technical skills. New graduates' ability to apply technical skills, in conjunction with being a great team member who is well-liked and can communicate well, combine to form a powerful synergy for conquering the job market. Being involved in student organizations such as SME (the Society of Manufacturing Engineers) or ATMAE (the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering) are great places to volunteer, learn, and grow both soft and technical skills. I see a trend in students who are pursuing certificates, in addition to their undergraduate degrees, to communicate their interest in specific fields aligned to the jobs they desire. For example, at Ohio University, we offer undergraduate certificates in project management, lean/six-sigma, and sales, among many others. These certificates exist as groupings of classes designed to go further in an area than a typical undergraduate experience. I am also seeing students pursue industrial certifications as a way to prove what they can do. ATMAE, SME, and others provide these certifications. Our program requires each of our students to participate in at least one certification exam; usually, the Certified Manufacturing Specialist exam through ATMAE.Show more

9. Project Management

high Demand

Here's how Project Management is used in Mechanical Engineer jobs:
  • Conducted project management * Coordinated purchasing and deliveries with vendors and contractors * Wrote capital appropriation requests * Provided daily production support
  • Provided engineering assistance for Project Management meetings and applicable support in resolving design issues related to Phase 1 design and scope-of-work.
  • Reduced cost and labor of major program s project management documentation by implementing a new computer program to automate procedures.
  • Project Management: responsible for coordinating Product Development activities with Design Centers and Manufacturing Facilities in the USA and Mexico.
  • Project Management: Contracted and managed major purchases and installation of facility and maintenance equipment for proper operation requirements.
  • Worked on numerous highly-successful projects that required extensive coordination between engineering groups, project management, and shop supervisors.
  • Provide project management and mechanical design support on thermal platforms used for the environmental testing of customer products.
  • Project Management and engineering of instruments designed to assure pipeline metering is measuring the correct amount of product.
  • Prepared engineering and equipment cost estimate for various process areas and coordinated with project management and client.
  • Worked with company wide project management software to facilitate Engineering Change Orders and perform profit margin analysis.
  • Supplied project management oversight for assigned reliability projects, with responsibility for quality, cost and schedule.
  • Provided Forensic engineering, Mechanical engineering, construction inspection and project management services to multiple clients.
  • Service and manufacturing project management and engineering support at ground water characterization and sampling technologies firm.
  • Provided project management support through generation of comprehensive scope documents, estimates and change order justifications.
  • Provide technical leadership in mechanical design and project management for new product development and sustaining engineering.
  • Ensured performance consistency and reliability by administering project management of internal/external development and manufacture partners.
  • Project Management: Planned and monitored schedule for machinery outfitting process to meet delivery date.
  • Maintained project documentation using project management tools including task allotment list and estimated work hours.
  • Performed project level engineering, budget analysis, project management, product design and integration.
  • Demonstrated excellent project management skills such as time management, collaborating skills and presentation skills.

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10. UL

high Demand

Here's how UL is used in Mechanical Engineer jobs:
  • Document UL & CSA certification control of Recognized Components and create vendor material certification and labeling responsibility documentation for purchasing.
  • Maintained documentation for UL testing and procedures and ensured products performed under UL specification.
  • Developed a wide variety of solid state lighting fixture including housing, electronic packaging, thermal design, and UL compliance.
  • Managed the regulatory certification process for domestic (UL, C-UL) and international (CE, TUV) product offering.
  • Achieved ex-proof certification for telecommunication device from UL & NTEP (Underwriters Laboratory) (National Type Evaluation Program).
  • Set up design spec incorporating customer's requirements and compliance with FCC, UL, and other international standards.
  • Created designs that complied with UL and RoHS standards, and met rigorous quality targets within ISO-certified environment.
  • Partnered together with compliance engineer to ensure product designs met engineering compliance standards such as CE and UL.
  • Participated in design reviews and testing of prototypes to meet UL, CE, marine and TS16949 standards.
  • Manage records of UL142 above ground double walled fuel tanks and coordinate with UL inspector during audits.
  • Designed electrical wiring devices and lighting controls that met UL and CSA regulations and NEMA specifications.
  • Created a UL kit for the Western hemisphere and an ATEX kit for the Eastern hemisphere.
  • Designed of machined and plastics molding parts per product specification, FCC, and UL requirements.
  • Design and support custom solutions for commercial customers, based on local codes and UL guidelines.
  • Lead implementation of applicable UL and CE safety guidelines, for mechanical and electrical design compliance.
  • Selected materials that will comply with international safety regulations such as UL, ETL and CE.
  • Ensured compliance with CSA, ETL, NSF, or UL product specifications and standards requirements.
  • Established a strong familiarity with UL, CSA, RoHS, and ISO standards.
  • Researched Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approval requirements and costs for various products.
  • Design and model brackets attachment for IP components (Nissan UL program).

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11. GD

high Demand

GD refers to Grade Delay and is often mentioned on report cards or academic records when the instructor of a particular subject decides to hold the grade of a student. This is usually done if the instructor wants the student to improve their grade by retaking the exam or doing something for extra credit that will ultimately enhance their overall grade. Eventually, when the grade is assigned, the GD is then replaced with the original grade.

Here's how GD is used in Mechanical Engineer jobs:
  • Improved reliability and cleanliness of the drive system through GD & T and material selection.
  • Performed GD & T and tolerance analysis for vendor parts preventing future issues.
  • Specified complex GD & T schemes to models/drawings.
  • Applied geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD & T) onto detail drawings for precise manufacturing of various features
  • Applied GD & T for form, fit and function, performing tolerance stack-ups using MicroCAD.
  • Position required interfacing with customers and suppliers, data translation, data management and creation of drawings utilizing GD &T.

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12. Product Design

high Demand

Product design can be described as a process of imagining, creating, and iterating products that solve user's problems and talk about the specific needs of users in the market. Product design is an engineering disciple and it is the basic design and idea that goes before the mass production of the product.

Here's how Product Design is used in Mechanical Engineer jobs:
  • Traveled to key vendor fabrication facilities to coordinate, collaborate, and apply newly developed specifications for enhanced product designs.
  • Performed product design, prototype development and evaluation, and engineering change review for products based on customer specifications.
  • Led engineering sub-system design teams to ensure product designs met all customer requirements and integrated properly with external systems.
  • Developed testing procedures for validating manufacturing processes as well as product design throughout the new product development cycle.
  • Coordinated all aspects of production, including selection of manufacturing methods, fabrication and operation of product designs.
  • Experience developing innovative product designs, providing production support, performing engineering analyses, and managing project resources.
  • Prepared testing reports of mechanical components/assemblies as a reference for product design cycle and logistic & procurement department.
  • Direct successful product design reviews while ensuring compliance with engineering principles, company standards and customer requirements.
  • Worked with overseas manufacturing to update and complete documentation of current Vertical Axis Wind Turbine product design.
  • Established bench testing procedures and requirements to analyze and predict mechanical equipment failures in product design.
  • Created detailed design drawings and oversaw production of qualification test articles with candidate design improvements.
  • Provide product design and development teams with timely conclusions and best actionable recommendations and solutions.
  • Performed mobile product design and packaging of autonomous, vehicular and portable measurement units.
  • Completed complex engineering analyses within an Integrated Product Team leading to successful product designs.
  • Key projects focused on reducing cost through labor rationalization and product design change implementation.
  • Provided support to engineering and product design by procuring and analyzing necessary prototypes.
  • Improved product design, troubleshoot production problems and provided technical information to customers.
  • Investigate customer complaints and determine necessary improvements to product designs or manufacturing processes.
  • Worked in the Diabetes Care division developing product designs for glucose-related medical products.
  • Recommended most economical way to design improvements as suggested by dealers and customers.

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13. Finite Element Analysis

high Demand

Here's how Finite Element Analysis is used in Mechanical Engineer jobs:
  • Improved calculations of mud pump components by using finite element analysis and performing fatigue analysis to meet new department quality standards.
  • Participated in the development of a blood treatment device including Pro/ENGINEER modeling and finite element analysis simulations in SolidWorks.
  • Work closely with stress analysis engineers when analyzing designs of more complex geometry where finite element analysis is required.
  • Provided previously unattainable engineering solutions to engineering department through the introduction of Finite Element Analysis and Computational Flow Dynamics.
  • Led finite element analysis of existing structures under updated loading conditions to determine performance, and prepared reports.
  • Engineered an optimized solution to a failed injection-molded bracket using SolidWorks Simulation finite element analysis (FEA).
  • Performed finite element analysis on floating floor model and incorporated results into design to reduce stress and displacement.
  • Performed finite element analysis and extensive solid modeling to verify the structural integrity of machines prior to manufacture.
  • Performed advanced mechanical analysis, including specialized structural, thermal, seismic, and finite element analysis.
  • Performed finite element analysis on hull structure and equipment foundations while conducting advanced research and prototype development.
  • Performed shock and vibration finite element analysis of Hanger Extension Structure and Component Foundations for Propulsion Plant.
  • Utilized Pro/Engineer to generate models and establish finite element analysis, ensuring all designs were structurally sound.
  • Performed both structural analysis and finite element analysis on various components within the vending machine.
  • Administer Mechanical Design Verification, First Article Inspection, Tolerance Analysis and Finite Element Analysis.
  • Performed finite element analysis on electrical control systems to predict design success and test results.
  • Used finite element analysis software to validate design for components to modify rotary aircraft.
  • Designed gun systems capable of 60,000psi operating pressure using large deformation finite element analysis.
  • Evaluate electrostatic, thermal, and structural performance using Finite Element Analysis and calculations.
  • Introduced finite element analysis software, assuring a qualified design for custom configurations.
  • Used mechanical and coupled thermal-electric finite element models to optimize sort probe design.

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14. R

high Demand

R is a free software environment and a language used by programmers for statistical computing. The R programming language is famously used for data analysis by data scientists.

Here's how R is used in Mechanical Engineer jobs:
  • Prepare the data sheet, Purchasing R package and equipment specification
  • Supported Decommissioning of P, R and HWCTR Reactors and PAR Pond Facilities.
  • Created a plumbing system using Solidworks for Tapis R Topside project.
  • Design and development of wiring harness by using CATIA V5 R 21.
  • Performed DFMEA, PFMEA and DVP& R to meet customer specification.
  • Developed an SPC program that performed X bar and R charts for implementing six sigma quality standards.

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15. System Design

average Demand

System design refers to the electronic structural component of a system.

Here's how System Design is used in Mechanical Engineer jobs:
  • Generated system design requirements, design specifications, and interface control documents and supported failure modes and effects analysis efforts.
  • Developed many technical proposals for custom HVAC equipment which included system design, component selection and budget development.
  • Boosted company reputation and expanded customer base by developing customized component and system designs based on customer requirements.
  • Developed material handling system designs and specifications, generated bid and contract documentation, organized construction installation efforts.
  • Analyzed and interpreted calculation results to ensure that the system design complies with naval shipbuilding specifications and requirements.
  • Developed designs and supporting engineering calculations from concept stage into prototype in support of proprietary system design.
  • Prepare documentations, engineering specifications, reports and product manuals associated with the system design.
  • Standardized design methodology and processes which reduced engineering time and produced more consistent system designs.
  • Developed system design descriptions for circulating water, closed cooling and boiler make-up water systems.
  • Participated in several HVAC system design for commercial, educational, industrial and government facilities.
  • Maintained control units and power distribution module wiring schematics ensuring the most accurate system designs.
  • Analyzed the laser power generating capacity and corrected a critical system design error.
  • Created and used system design calculations for proper equipment selections and specifications.
  • Generated equipment feasibility studies, functional requirements, and system design descriptions.
  • Performed engineering tasks related to loudspeaker design and audio system design.
  • Led the mechanical process engineering system design for Waste-to-energy power plants.
  • Advanced military engine technology studies including design integration and system design.
  • Generated detailed subsystem design from high level customer system requirements.
  • Developed thermal and fluid system design analysis utilizing Microsoft Excel.
  • Reworked a delivered fluid system design improving reliability and functionality.

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16. Design Reviews

average Demand

Here's how Design Reviews is used in Mechanical Engineer jobs:
  • Provided technical support and interface for reporting requirements, associated documentation, design reviews, engineering schedules and general business objectives.
  • Led across department design reviews to resolve technical problems and conflicting requirements and to comply with regulatory requirements.
  • Interfaced with key stakeholders and supported engineering/design reviews, unit testing, hazard analysis and specification deactivation efforts.
  • Performed design reviews and acceptance criteria of customer requirements before, during, and after manufacturing of fasteners.
  • Performed design reviews in accordance with internal instructions and ensuring design intent is per latest design practices
  • Prepared reports on topics including design feasibility, existing technologies, preliminary and critical design reviews.
  • Brainstormed engineering solutions and examined resolution feasibility through cross functional design reviews (DFMEA).
  • Prepare and support internal and external Design Reviews according to internal and customer requirements.
  • Organized and presented PowerPoint presentations for customer meetings including preliminary and critical design reviews.
  • Presented design material to customers and colleagues during preliminary and critical design reviews.
  • Attended design reviews to receive feedback from manufacturing and electrical engineers regarding constraints.
  • Created presentations of proposed designs and presented at customer critical design reviews.
  • Participated in design reviews with program manager, materials and safety engineers.
  • Experience with validating customer requirements through design reviews and requirements verification matrices.
  • Prepared technical documentation, including final product validation reports and design reviews.
  • Prepared presentations for design reviews; presented material to stakeholders for buy-in.
  • Created presentations for customer and internal design reviews in Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Provided technical documentation review, equipment design reviews and engineering recommendations.
  • Created presentations, technical documents and data analysis for design reviews.
  • Presented preliminary and critical design reviews to internal and external customers.

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What type of skills will young graduates need when they enter the workforce in the coming years?

Andy Gerrick

Associate Professor and Chair, Embry-Riddle, Prescott

Most important is the ability to pull together the problem-solving skills learned in the different engineering courses to solve real-world, multidisciplinary, engineering problems. This requires a clear understanding of the problem and the requirements, and it requires a thorough understanding of engineering concepts. Memorizing problem solutions is of no value because no one will pay you to solve a problem that has already been solved. An engineer's ability to communicate is also extremely important. Engineering is a collaborative endeavor, so if you are not able to communicate your ideas, you are not contributing.Show more

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Online Courses For Mechanical Engineers

One of the best ways to acquire the skills needed to be a mechanical engineer is to take an online course. We've identified some online courses from Udemy and Coursera that will help you advance in your career. Since mechanical engineers benefit from having skills like engineering design, cad, and solidworks, we found courses that will help you improve these skills.

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Mechanical design and Product development process
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Learn the basic ideas and concepts behind developing mechanical products related to mechanical engineering...

The Complete Engineering Mechanics Course
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4.4
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Master the fundamentals of mechanics, statics and applied physics and then solve real-world mechanics problems...

Applications in Engineering Mechanics
coursera

This course applies principles learned in my course "Introduction to Engineering Mechanics" to analyze real world engineering structures. You will need to have mastered the engineering fundamentals from that class in order to be successful in this course offering. This course addresses the modeling and analysis of static equilibrium problems with an emphasis on real world engineering systems and problem solving. - Recommended Background: You will need to have successfully completed my earlier co...

Additive Technologies in Metallurgy & Mechanical Engineering
coursera

Every teenager is ready to answer the question - what is 3d printer? But not every experienced engineer can imagine where and how additive technologies can be applied in mechanical engineering and especially in metallurgy. This is the subject of our online course. The use of additive technologies is one of the clearest examples of how new developments and equipment can significantly improve traditional manufacturing. We will consider what additive technologies are for the metallurgical and machi...

Simulation Analysis for Mechanical Engineers with Autodesk Fusion 360
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The foundation of engineering design is often coupled with validation. Simulation is a great tool that allows engineers to test, validate, and modify designs before they become a physical prototype. When used early in the process for simulation driven design and throughout the development process, simulation can help drive the design, make informed design decisions, speed up time to production, and most importantly, identify and eliminate costly design mistakes. Like any other tool though, it mu...

Introduction to Engineering Mechanics
coursera

This course is an introduction to learning and applying the principles required to solve engineering mechanics problems. Concepts will be applied in this course from previous courses you have taken in basic math and physics. The course addresses the modeling and analysis of static equilibrium problems with an emphasis on real world engineering applications and problem solving. The copyright of all content and materials in this course are owned by either the Georgia Tech Research Corporation or D...

Engineering Mechanics: Statics
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The Study of Objects in Equilibrium...

Mechanical engineering design: Sheet metal design
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Learn Sheet metal design, processes and practical design considerations along with Design projects...

ANSYS Training: A Easy Introduction with Applications
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Essential training on solving Engineering Problems from start by using Ansys workbench with examples...

Modeling and Design for Mechanical Engineers with Autodesk Fusion 360
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There are many considerations that play a part in engineering a new product. Regardless of what that product is, there are fundamentals such as form, fit, and function when it comes to digital modeling. In this course, we lay the foundation to create any design and dive deep into topics about the control of the design. From assembly joints and joint limits to complex shapes using forms, rest assured that your design will be rock solid. After completing this course you'll be able to: - Create and...

Reliability and Maintenance Engineering - FMEA
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Failure Mode and Effects Analysis - A mechanical engineering approach to risk management of plant and machinery...

Manufacturing Guide for Mechanical Product Development
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Learn how everyday physical products are manufactured with no prior experience in engineering...

Ansys Workbench - Analysis Engineering Training Program
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If you want to be an Analysis Engineer with Ansys Workbench join this Course!...

Autodesk CAD/CAM/CAE for Mechanical Engineering
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The demand placed on today's engineers goes above and beyond the job description. Products have become complex and engineers are more frequently asked to leave specialized roles and to take on a wide variety of tasks that are beyond their traditional responsibilities. These tasks are centered on form, fit, and function. Engineers need to factor in broader concerns such as cost, procurement, sustainability, manufacturability, and serviceability. Their role has moved away from an individual respon...

Automobile Engineering: Vehicle dynamics for Beginners
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Introductory course on the mechanics which govern vehicle behavior and the Suspension design concepts...

Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Part 2: Stress Transformations, Beams, Columns, and Cellular Solids
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All around us, engineers are creating materials whose properties are exactly tailored to their purpose. This course is the second of three in a series of mechanics courses from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. Taken together, these courses provide similar content to the MIT subject 3.032: Mechanical Behavior of Materials. The 3.032x series provides an introduction to the mechanical behavior of materials, from both the continuum and atomistic points of view. At the...

Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Part 1: Linear Elastic Behavior
edX (Global)

All around us, engineers are creating materials whose properties are exactly tailored to their purpose. This course is the first of three in a series of mechanics courses from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. Taken together, these courses provide similar content to the MIT subject 3.032: Mechanical Behavior of Materials. The 3.032x series provides an introduction to the mechanical behavior of materials, from both the continuum and atomistic points of view. At the...

20 Most Common Skill For A Mechanical Engineer

Engineering Design10.9%
CAD9.1%
Solidworks8.6%
Electrical Systems5.9%
Facility5.6%
Hvac4.7%
Engineering Drawings3.5%
Creo3.3%

Typical Skill-Sets Required For A Mechanical Engineer

RankascdescSkillascdescPercentage of ResumesPercentageascdesc
1
1
Engineering Design
Engineering Design
10.9%
10.9%
2
2
CAD
CAD
9.1%
9.1%
3
3
Solidworks
Solidworks
8.6%
8.6%
4
4
Electrical Systems
Electrical Systems
5.9%
5.9%
5
5
Facility
Facility
5.6%
5.6%
6
6
Hvac
Hvac
4.7%
4.7%
7
7
Engineering Drawings
Engineering Drawings
3.5%
3.5%
8
8
Creo
Creo
3.3%
3.3%
9
9
Project Management
Project Management
3.2%
3.2%
10
10
UL
UL
3%
3%
11
11
GD
GD
2.4%
2.4%
12
12
Product Design
Product Design
2.1%
2.1%
13
13
Finite Element Analysis
Finite Element Analysis
2%
2%
14
14
R
R
1.8%
1.8%
15
15
System Design
System Design
1.6%
1.6%
16
16
Design Reviews
Design Reviews
1.6%
1.6%
17
17
Mechanical Equipment
Mechanical Equipment
1.5%
1.5%
18
18
Ansys
Ansys
1.4%
1.4%
19
19
Structural Analysis
Structural Analysis
1.4%
1.4%
20
20
Engineering Support
Engineering Support
1.3%
1.3%
21
21
Technical Support
Technical Support
1.3%
1.3%
22
22
Matlab
Matlab
1.2%
1.2%
23
23
Troubleshoot
Troubleshoot
1.2%
1.2%
24
24
Test Equipment
Test Equipment
1.1%
1.1%
25
25
Cost Estimates
Cost Estimates
1.1%
1.1%
26
26
Co-Op
Co-Op
1.1%
1.1%
27
27
Customer Requirements
Customer Requirements
1.1%
1.1%
28
28
CFD
CFD
1%
1%
29
29
Design Requirements
Design Requirements
0.9%
0.9%
30
30
Technical Reports
Technical Reports
0.9%
0.9%
31
31
Test Procedures
Test Procedures
0.9%
0.9%
32
32
Product Development
Product Development
0.9%
0.9%
33
33
ISO
ISO
0.8%
0.8%
34
34
Test Scripts
Test Scripts
0.8%
0.8%
35
35
Stress Analysis
Stress Analysis
0.8%
0.8%
36
36
Curiosity
Curiosity
0.8%
0.8%
37
37
Sigma
Sigma
0.8%
0.8%
38
38
BOM
BOM
0.7%
0.7%
39
39
CNC
CNC
0.7%
0.7%
40
40
Tolerance Analysis
Tolerance Analysis
0.7%
0.7%
41
41
Failure Analysis
Failure Analysis
0.7%
0.7%
42
42
RF
RF
0.7%
0.7%
43
43
Design Changes
Design Changes
0.7%
0.7%
44
44
Product Quality
Product Quality
0.7%
0.7%
45
45
API
API
0.6%
0.6%
46
46
Autodesk
Autodesk
0.6%
0.6%
47
47
Catia
Catia
0.6%
0.6%
48
48
Fmea
Fmea
0.6%
0.6%
49
49
Shop Equipment
Shop Equipment
0.6%
0.6%
50
50
Thermal Analysis
Thermal Analysis
0.6%
0.6%

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