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Working As A Product 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

  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Product 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 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 Engineer Career Paths

Product Engineer
Project Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Application Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Project Manager Quality Manager
Supplier Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Development Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Plant Engineer
Plant Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Test Engineer
Test Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Engineer Research And Development Engineer
Research And Development Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Engineer Production Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Development Engineer Electrical Engineer Service Engineer
Engineering Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Development Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Senior Engineering Team Leader
8 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Test Engineer Senior Engineering Technician
Engineering Laboratory Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Unit Manager Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Product Engineer Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Tool Engineer 4.3 years
Design Engineer 3.4 years
Product Engineer 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Product Engineer
Engineer 6.6%
Internship 5.1%
Designer 2.4%
Top Careers After Product Engineer
Engineer 5.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$80,000
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$62,000
Min 10%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Adobe
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Product Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Product Engineer in the United States is $80,096 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $62,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $102,000.

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Real Product Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Product Engineer Lam Research Corporation Jul 09, 2016 $163,000
Product Engineer-Expert HGST, Inc. Feb 09, 2015 $162,000 -
$198,000
Product Engineer Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company Jul 09, 2016 $161,498 -
$198,000
Product Engineer Plangrid, Inc. Apr 08, 2016 $160,000
Product Engineer Plangrid, Inc. Sep 09, 2015 $160,000
Product Engineer Mixpanel, Inc. Nov 24, 2015 $160,000
Product Engineer Plangrid, Inc. Jun 22, 2015 $160,000
Engineering Mananger-Product Lifecycle Intel Corporation Sep 09, 2016 $159,182 -
$200,300
Front-End Product Engineer (Software Engineer) Instaply, Inc. Jan 01, 2016 $157,500
Data Product Engineer Yipit, Inc. Sep 21, 2016 $155,000
NVE Product Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Jan 09, 2016 $155,000
Principal Product Engineer Cadence Design Systems, Inc. Feb 16, 2016 $155,000 -
$180,700
Engineer 4, Product Engineering Comcast Cable Communications, LLC Sep 01, 2015 $90,360 -
$105,000
Product Engineer-NVH Altair Productdesign, Inc. Jan 04, 2016 $90,263
Product Engineer Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. Oct 01, 2015 $90,235
Product Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Jan 04, 2016 $90,200
GIS Product Engineer Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) Jun 08, 2016 $90,168
Product Engineer Intel Corporation Feb 27, 2015 $90,147 -
$145,300
Product Engineer Intel Corporation May 07, 2015 $90,147 -
$145,300
Product Engineer Intel Corporation May 05, 2015 $90,147 -
$145,300
Product Engineer Tata Technologies, Inc. Apr 11, 2016 $79,997
Product Engineer-Powertrain MSX Americas Inc. Feb 09, 2015 $79,911 -
$91,870
Product Engineer Powertrain MSX Americas Inc. Jun 22, 2015 $79,911 -
$91,870
Product Engineer Intel Corporation May 27, 2015 $79,867 -
$96,400
Packaging Product Engineer Altair Productdesign, Inc. May 06, 2015 $79,851
Product Engineer-Powertrain Altair Productdesign, Inc. Aug 10, 2015 $79,828
Product Engineer Powertrain Altair Productdesign, Inc. Aug 13, 2016 $79,828
Product Engineer Computer and Engineering Services, Inc. Sep 15, 2016 $79,828

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Top Skills for A Product Engineer

  1. New Product Development
  2. CAD
  3. Cost Savings
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinated the engineering activities during new product development including validation, performance characterization, qualification and release to production.
  • Applied design methodologies using 3-D software, AutoCAD, generating bill of materials, established engineering specifications and project management.
  • Led category team in identifying cost savings and productivity opportunities in existing product lines in the product category.
  • Provided technical support, increased customer satisfaction, and actively participated in the reduction of the manufacturing cycle time.
  • Performed assessments on NSE products BOM, which includes identifying complexity required design, process changes and required verification/validation.

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Product Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

80.6%

Female

12.9%

Unknown

6.5%
Ethnicity

White

55.8%

Asian

16.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.5%

Black or African American

9.1%

Unknown

4.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.7%

Chinese

11.3%

French

8.3%

Mandarin

8.1%

German

8.1%

Japanese

7.1%

Portuguese

3.3%

Hindi

2.9%

Italian

2.9%

Arabic

2.7%

Cantonese

2.5%

Korean

2.1%

Russian

2.1%

Carrier

1.9%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Polish

1.0%

Urdu

0.8%

Romanian

0.6%

Gujarati

0.6%

Thai

0.6%
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Product Engineer Education

Schools

Purdue University

9.7%

Kettering University

6.3%

Pennsylvania State University

6.1%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

5.8%

Arizona State University

5.6%

Texas A&M University

5.3%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.2%

Wayne State University

5.1%

Michigan State University

5.1%

Lawrence Technological University

4.7%

Michigan Technological University

4.6%

San Jose State University

4.6%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.5%

University of Houston

4.3%

Western Michigan University

4.2%

North Carolina State University

4.1%

University of Texas at Austin

3.8%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.7%

University of Michigan - Dearborn

3.7%

University of Akron

3.5%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

34.8%

Electrical Engineering

19.2%

Business

9.0%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

4.3%

Industrial Engineering

3.9%

Engineering

3.4%

Computer Science

3.2%

Chemical Engineering

2.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.3%

Industrial Technology

2.3%

Computer Engineering

2.0%

Management

2.0%

Drafting And Design

2.0%

Biomedical Engineering

1.5%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.4%

Project Management

1.4%

Aerospace Engineering

1.3%

Finance

1.3%

Engineering Technology

1.2%

Physics

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.9%

Masters

33.1%

Associate

6.2%

Certificate

2.5%

Doctorate

2.2%

High School Diploma

1.2%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.2%
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