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Working As An Operations 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

  • $89,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Operations 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 An Operations 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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Operations Engineer Career Paths

Operations Engineer
Project Manager Owner Facilities Manager
Senior Facilities Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Director Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Owner Maintenance Director
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Owner Chief Engineer
Assistant Director Of Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Production Manager Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Service Engineer Mechanical Engineer Plant Engineer
Plant Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Owner/Operator Construction Manager
Commissioning Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Production Manager Technical Manager
Chief Technologist
7 Yearsyrs
Industrial Engineer Engineer Service Engineer
Engineering Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Consulting Engineer Test Engineer Senior Technologist
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Service Engineer Project Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Senior Engineering Team Leader
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Project Lead Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Unit Manager Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Facility Engineer Senior Project Engineer Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Building Engineer 4.3 years
Facility Engineer 3.9 years
Service Engineer 3.5 years
Engineer 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Operations Engineer
Engineer 9.5%
Internship 6.1%
Technician 4.8%
Operator 4.2%
Supervisor 3.4%
Top Careers After Operations Engineer
Engineer 9.9%
Consultant 4.8%
Manager 4.6%
Owner 4.5%
Operator 4.4%
Supervisor 3.0%

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Average Yearly Salary
$89,000
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$65,000
Min 10%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$120,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Morris
Highest Paying City
San Mateo, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
4.0 years
How much does an Operations Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Operations Engineer in the United States is $89,105 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $65,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $120,000.

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Real Operations Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Staff Operations Engineer ETSY Inc. Feb 05, 2016 $185,000 -
$205,000
Development Operations Engineer Steel House, Inc. Sep 19, 2016 $175,000
Principal Cloud Operations Engineer Informatica LLC Oct 19, 2015 $175,000
Development Operations Engineer Elementum SCM, Inc. Aug 18, 2015 $175,000
Development Operations Engineer Elementum SCM, Inc. Feb 23, 2015 $173,000
Agile Operations Engineer (SR Systems Engineer) DRW Holdings, LLC. Dec 21, 2016 $170,000 -
$190,000
Staff Operations Engineer ETSY, Inc. Sep 03, 2015 $170,000
Staff Application Operations Engineer Intuit Inc. Jul 11, 2016 $169,749 -
$191,000
DEV OPS Engineer – Web Services & Development Autodesk, Inc. Aug 18, 2016 $167,580
Staff Application Operations Engineer Intuit Feb 09, 2016 $165,000 -
$189,750
Staff Application Operations Engineers Intuit Aug 31, 2016 $165,000
Development Operations Engineer, Adobe Stock Adobe Systems Incorporated Aug 29, 2016 $165,000
Content Delivery Operations Engineer Netflix, Inc. Aug 24, 2015 $164,382
Drilling Operations Engineer Broken Hill Proprietary (USA) Inc. Jan 02, 2016 $163,488 -
$169,429
Application Operations Engineer Intuit Inc. Jul 24, 2016 $108,493 -
$130,000
Release Operations Engineer Linkedin Corporation Dec 16, 2015 $108,110 -
$135,800
Engineer 4, Engineering Operations Comcast Cable Communications, LLC Jul 11, 2016 $107,370 -
$136,000
Operations Engineer California Independent System Operator Feb 12, 2015 $107,286
Corporate Operations Engineer Google Inc. Aug 20, 2015 $107,000
Web Operations Engineer II Best Buy Enterprise Services, Inc. Mar 23, 2015 $106,912 -
$115,000
Principal Service Operations Engineer Greenbay Infotech LLC May 11, 2016 $106,454
Development Operations Engineer Xilinx, Inc. Jul 24, 2015 $106,375
Plan Ops-Strategic Optimization Engineer Im Flash Technologies, LLC May 23, 2016 $89,950
Development Operations Engineer MAQ L.L.C Jan 10, 2016 $89,669
Engineer 4, Engineering Operations Comcast Cable Communications, LLC Sep 26, 2016 $89,500 -
$105,000
Engineer 4, Engineering Operations Comcast Cable Communications, LLC Jun 09, 2016 $89,500 -
$108,000
Operations Engineer California Independent System Operator Jul 19, 2016 $89,442
Corporate Operations Engineer Google Inc. Jul 23, 2015 $89,378
Saas Operations Engineer Calypso Technology, Inc. Apr 21, 2015 $89,378
Application Operations Engineer Intuit Inc. Jan 02, 2016 $89,149 -
$130,000

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Top Skills for An Operations Engineer

  1. Boilers
  2. Preventative Maintenance
  3. Hvac
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Monitor, control and maintain five high-pressure boilers and ten low-pressure boilers for a 700 plus bed hospital and satellite facilities.
  • Relay failure mechanism and preventative maintenance suggestions to artificial lift and production engineers to allow sufficient time for design changes.
  • Lead Engineer overseeing operation maintenance and repairs for over fifty pieces of reciprocating HVAC equipment supporting critical data center.
  • Present Responsible for operation of chillers and overall maintenance.
  • Commissioned new chillers and emergency generators with equipment representatives.

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Top 10 Best States for Operations Engineers

  1. California
  2. Utah
  3. Delaware
  4. Washington
  5. Maryland
  6. New Mexico
  7. District of Columbia
  8. New Hampshire
  9. Nevada
  10. Alaska
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Operations Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

83.3%

Female

11.1%

Unknown

5.6%
Ethnicity

White

59.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Black or African American

10.6%

Asian

10.0%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.2%

French

7.1%

Arabic

6.1%

Mandarin

5.6%

Carrier

5.6%

German

5.6%

Russian

3.6%

Portuguese

3.0%

Hindi

2.5%

Italian

2.5%

Chinese

2.5%

Japanese

2.5%

Polish

2.0%

Ukrainian

1.0%

Turkish

1.0%

Armenian

1.0%

Greek

1.0%

Cantonese

1.0%

Vietnamese

0.5%

Romanian

0.5%
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Operations Engineer Education

Schools

Texas A&M University

15.3%

University of Houston

7.9%

University of Texas at Austin

6.2%

Colorado School of Mines

5.7%

Purdue University

5.7%

Arizona State University

5.4%

Triton College

5.4%

Drexel University

5.1%

Texas Tech University

4.8%

Oklahoma State University

4.0%

Pennsylvania State University

3.7%

University of Florida

3.7%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.7%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.7%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.4%

Missouri University of Science and Technology

3.4%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.4%

Northeastern University

3.4%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

3.1%

Community College of the Air Force

3.1%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

12.4%

Electrical Engineering

12.1%

Business

11.7%

Chemical Engineering

8.0%

Computer Science

8.0%

Petroleum Engineering

5.2%

Engineering

4.9%

Industrial Engineering

4.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

4.5%

Heating And Air Conditioning

4.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.6%

Computer Networking

3.3%

Information Technology

3.2%

Management

2.8%

Civil Engineering

2.3%

Computer Engineering

2.0%

Computer Information Systems

2.0%

Systems Engineering

1.8%

Computer Systems Security

1.7%

Construction Management

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.9%

Masters

19.5%

High School Diploma

13.8%

Associate

11.6%

Certificate

7.7%

Diploma

3.4%

Doctorate

1.2%

License

1.1%
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