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Become A Piping/Mechanical Designer

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Working As A Piping/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

  • $78,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Piping/Mechanical 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 Piping/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.

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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Piping/Mechanical Designer Career Paths

Piping/Mechanical Designer
Senior Piping Designer
Lead Piping Designer
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Piping Designer Lead Designer Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Piping Designer Lead Designer Owner
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Piping Designer
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Designer Senior Mechanical Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Designer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Designer Senior Mechanical Engineer Principal Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Piping Designer Design Supervisor
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Piping Designer Design Supervisor Engineering Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Lead Piping Designer Design Supervisor Design Manager
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Project Manager Owner
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Owner Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Construction Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Lead Mechanical Designer Lead Designer Senior Design Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Design Checker Senior Design Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Design Checker Senior Design Engineer Engineering Supervisor
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Design Checker Design Manager Project Manager/Design Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Mechanical Designer Lead Mechanical Design Engineer Lead Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Piping Designer 5.3 years
Facility Designer 4.1 years
Designer 3.1 years
Top Careers Before Piping/Mechanical Designer
Designer 6.4%
Draftsman 4.6%
Drafter 2.5%
Top Careers After Piping/Mechanical Designer
Designer 3.0%

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Piping/Mechanical Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

85.2%

Female

7.7%

Unknown

7.0%
Ethnicity

White

59.9%

Hispanic or Latino

16.4%

Black or African American

12.6%

Asian

8.2%

Unknown

2.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.1%

Occidental

14.3%

Carrier

14.3%

French

14.3%
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Piping/Mechanical Designer Education

Schools

University of Houston

11.4%

Houston Community College

11.4%

A-Technical College

7.1%

MTI College

5.7%

Purdue University

5.7%

Pittsburgh Technical Institute

5.7%

ITT Technical Institute-Houston West

5.7%

San Jacinto College District

4.3%

Central Piedmont Community College

4.3%

Trident Technical College

4.3%

Point Park University

4.3%

McNeese State University

4.3%

Columbia Basin College

4.3%

Southeastern Louisiana University

4.3%

ITT Technical Institute-Portland

2.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

2.9%

Arapahoe Community College

2.9%

Southern Technical College

2.9%

Sowela Technical Community College

2.9%

Delaware Technical and Community College

2.9%
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Majors

Drafting And Design

39.1%

Mechanical Engineering

17.4%

Engineering

6.3%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

5.5%

Business

5.1%

Engineering Technology

3.2%

Civil Engineering

2.4%

Industrial Technology

2.0%

Computer Science

2.0%

General Studies

2.0%

Management

1.6%

Writing

1.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.6%

Project Management

1.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.6%

Mathematics

1.6%

Education

1.6%

Architecture

1.6%

Architectural Technology

1.2%

Environmental Design

1.2%
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Degrees

Other

41.5%

Associate

31.6%

Bachelors

16.1%

Certificate

7.1%

Masters

2.8%

Diploma

0.6%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Piping/Mechanical Designer

  1. Engineering Department
  2. Autocad
  3. Equipment Layout
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained office equipment and engineering department supplies.
  • Modeled equipment and piping using 3D (InterGraph PDS) software, produced 2D construction drawings using AutoCAD.
  • Process Piping, Equipment Layout, Project planning.
  • Design and develop isometric drawings for shop fabrication and field installation.
  • Created piping models for oil and gas industry using CadWorx.

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