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Working As A Product Design 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

  • $77,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Product Design 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 A Product Design 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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Product Design Engineer Career Paths

Product Design Engineer
Project Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Application Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Test Engineer
Test Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Engineer Design Engineer Research And Development Engineer
Research And Development Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Process Engineer Production Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Product Development Engineer Electrical Engineer Service Engineer
Engineering Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Mechanical Design Engineer Product Development Engineer
Lead Product Developer
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Product Development Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Senior Engineering Team Leader
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Manufacturing Supervisor Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Senior Product Engineer Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Product Engineer 3.5 years
Design Engineer 3.4 years
Top Careers Before Product Design Engineer
Engineer 4.5%
Designer 4.1%
Internship 3.4%
Top Careers After Product Design Engineer
Engineer 4.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$77,000
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$57,000
Min 10%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$103,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Facebook
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does a Product Design Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Product Design Engineer in the United States is $77,382 per year or $37 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $57,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $103,000.

Real Product Design Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Product Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 09, 2016 $219,000 -
$239,000
Product Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 23, 2016 $185,000 -
$191,000
Product Design Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Dec 22, 2016 $180,000
Product Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 31, 2016 $180,000 -
$191,000
Product Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 28, 2016 $175,000 -
$187,200
Product Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 03, 2015 $175,000 -
$195,000
Product Design Engineer 4 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 26, 2016 $170,000 -
$190,000
Product Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 15, 2015 $169,600 -
$187,200
Product Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 23, 2016 $168,000 -
$191,000
Product Design ENG MGR Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Nov 21, 2016 $166,900 -
$250,300
Product Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 13, 2015 $165,000 -
$185,000
Product Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA May 11, 2015 $165,000 -
$185,000
Product Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 09, 2016 $165,000 -
$185,000
Product Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Feb 24, 2015 $105,000 -
$129,900
Product & Design (D&R) Engineer-Automotive Seating MSX Americas, Inc. Dearborn, MI Dec 29, 2015 $103,750
Product Design Engineer Ford Motor Company Dearborn, MI Jun 04, 2015 $101,275 -
$122,040
Product Design Engineer-Manager Cummins Inc. Fridley, MN Jul 05, 2016 $100,500 -
$120,900
Product Design Engineer Wand Labs Inc. Redwood City, CA Dec 08, 2016 $100,000
Product Design Engineer Wand Labs, Inc. Redwood City, CA Sep 12, 2015 $100,000
Product Design Research Engineer-Control Engineering Ford Motor Company Dearborn, MI Mar 16, 2016 $100,000 -
$110,000
Design Engineer, Advanced Technology Products (de-Atp) Tejas Research & Engineering, LLC The Woodlands, TX May 15, 2015 $99,611
Product Design Engineer Outerspace Design Group, Inc. San Diego, CA Jul 25, 2016 $75,000
Product Design Engineer G&W Electric Company Bolingbrook, IL Aug 23, 2015 $75,000
Product Design Engineer Johnson Medtech, LLC Methuen Town, MA Sep 23, 2016 $75,000 -
$85,000
Product Design Engineer-Medical Devices EZEN Computer Services Inc. Raynham, MA Sep 10, 2015 $75,000
Product Design Engineer Cummins Inc. Fridley, MN Dec 21, 2015 $74,922 -
$84,800
Product Design Engineer Continental Automotive Systems, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Feb 02, 2015 $74,838 -
$88,313
Product Design Engineer PMC-Sierra Us, Inc. Allentown, PA Sep 22, 2015 $74,750 -
$89,250

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Top Skills for A Product Design Engineer

  1. CAD
  2. New Product Development
  3. Engineering Department
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed tactical missile components using ProEngineer CAD package.
  • Specified design modifications and product improvements as required and supervised all stages of new product development through production start.
  • Analyzed requirements & built computers tailored to suit engineering department, installed and configured operating systems and solid modeling applications.
  • Provided both standard and custom designed piston solid models and specifications to CNC programming and manufacturing operations for immediate manufacture
  • Conduct prototype fabrication and testing according to UL requirements for temperature rise and mechanical endurance cycling to validate design concepts.

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  1. California
  2. Washington
  3. Arizona
  4. Texas
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Colorado
  7. Rhode Island
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Product Design Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

81.3%

Female

9.7%

Unknown

8.9%
Ethnicity

White

58.2%

Asian

15.6%

Hispanic or Latino

12.2%

Black or African American

9.2%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

30.4%

Chinese

16.1%

Mandarin

15.2%

German

8.9%

French

5.4%

Japanese

5.4%

Korean

2.7%

Russian

2.7%

Hindi

1.8%

Italian

1.8%

Cantonese

1.8%

Swedish

0.9%

Gujarati

0.9%

Sanskrit

0.9%

Danish

0.9%

Ukrainian

0.9%

Malay

0.9%

Norwegian

0.9%

Carrier

0.9%

Portuguese

0.9%
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Product Design Engineer Education

Schools

Wayne State University

10.2%

Purdue University

9.8%

Pennsylvania State University

7.4%

Lawrence Technological University

7.4%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

6.7%

Arizona State University

5.4%

University of Michigan - Dearborn

4.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.5%

Michigan Technological University

4.1%

Michigan State University

4.1%

University of Phoenix

4.0%

University of Toledo

4.0%

Ohio State University

3.8%

Texas A&M University

3.8%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.5%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.3%

Iowa State University

3.3%

Northeastern University

3.3%

Ferris State University

3.1%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

44.7%

Business

9.9%

Electrical Engineering

7.9%

Drafting And Design

4.9%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

4.8%

Industrial Technology

3.2%

Engineering

3.2%

Graphic Design

3.0%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.7%

Management

2.2%

Engineering Technology

1.8%

Industrial Engineering

1.8%

Aerospace Engineering

1.8%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.7%

Computer Engineering

1.3%

Computer Science

1.0%

Biomedical Engineering

1.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.0%

Finance

0.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.1%

Masters

31.0%

Other

11.2%

Associate

6.2%

Doctorate

2.1%

Certificate

1.8%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.1%
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