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Working As A Mold 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

  • $84,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Mold Designer 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 Mold 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.

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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Mold Designer Career Paths

Mold Designer
Design Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Mechanical Engineer
Senior Mechanical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Mechanical Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Product Designer Mechanical Designer
Senior Mechanical Designer
11 Yearsyrs
Product Designer Mechanical Designer Senior Designer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Product Designer Mechanical Designer Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mold Maker Owner Chief Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Mold Maker Owner Vice President
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Mold Maker Tooling Manager Engineering Manager
Product Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Tool Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Tool Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Project Manager
Division Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Tool Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Systems Engineer Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Senior Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Senior Engineer Project Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Service Engineer
Engineering Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Mechanical Design Engineer Senior Mechanical Designer
Senior Product Designer
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Product Design Engineer Tool Design Engineer
Senior Tooling Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
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Mold Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

88.5%

Female

6.8%

Unknown

4.7%
Ethnicity

White

66.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.6%

Black or African American

9.5%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

German

16.7%

Mandarin

16.7%

Cantonese

16.7%
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Mold Designer Education

Schools

Macomb Community College

11.1%

Sinclair Community College

8.3%

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College

6.9%

ITT Technical Institute-Fort Wayne

6.9%

Owens Community College

6.9%

University of Akron

6.9%

Illinois Institute of Technology

5.6%

Ferris State University

5.6%

College of DuPage

5.6%

Stark State College

4.2%

Pennsylvania State University

4.2%

Iowa State University

4.2%

Lake Michigan College

4.2%

ITT Technical Institute-Greenville

2.8%

Triangle Tech Inc-Erie

2.8%

Academy of Art University

2.8%

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

2.8%

Waukesha County Technical College

2.8%

A-Technical College

2.8%

Wichita State University

2.8%
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Majors

Drafting And Design

21.3%

Mechanical Engineering

20.4%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

8.0%

Precision Metal Working

6.7%

Graphic Design

5.8%

Plastics Engineering

5.8%

Industrial Technology

5.3%

Engineering

4.0%

Business

3.6%

Engineering Technology

3.1%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.7%

Computer Science

2.2%

Project Management

1.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.8%

Electrical Engineering

1.3%

Computer Networking

1.3%

Operations Management

1.3%

Management

0.9%

Manufacturing Engineering

0.9%
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Degrees

Associate

30.9%

Other

29.8%

Bachelors

27.2%

Masters

5.3%

Certificate

4.2%

Diploma

2.3%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Top Skills for A Mold Designer

  1. Inspect Parts
  2. Autocad
  3. Engineering Department
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  • Inspect parts to ensure they meet all product design requirements.
  • Designed and detailed injection molds for the electrical connector industry using AutoCAD* Coordinated tooling fabrication with outside subcontractors
  • Managed plant engineering department and product manager and tooling managers.
  • Designed plastic injection molds using CAD/CAM.
  • Managed tool construction with CNC/conventional machining, benching/matching and assembly departments.

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