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Working As A Product/Project 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

  • $82,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Product/Project 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/Project 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/Project Engineer Career Paths

Product/Project Engineer
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Application Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Research And Development Engineer Test Engineer
Test Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Project Manager Quality Manager
Supplier Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Construction Manager Design Manager
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Plant Engineer Research And Development Engineer
Research And Development Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Product Development Engineer
Lead Product Developer
7 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Production Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Lead Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Project Engineering Manager Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Product Engineer 3.5 years
Project Engineer 3.4 years
Design Engineer 3.4 years
Top Careers Before Product/Project Engineer
Engineer 3.4%
Internship 2.8%
Top Careers After Product/Project Engineer
Engineer 3.3%
Consultant 2.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$82,000
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$63,000
Min 10%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$105,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
KMT WATERJET SYSTEMS
Highest Paying City
Gilroy, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.7 years
How much does a Product/Project Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Product/Project Engineer in the United States is $82,351 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $64,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $105,000.

Real Product/Project Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Operations Project Engineer, New Products Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 24, 2015 $125,660 -
$164,900
Project Engineer-Electro-Mechanical Product Deve Lufkin Industries, LLC Houston, TX Sep 14, 2014 $99,611 -
$109,611
International Global Structured Product Project MA State Street Bank and Trust Company Boston, MA Dec 06, 2013 $91,000 -
$114,000
Product Specialist/Project Engineer Energy Solutions International Inc. Houston, TX Apr 25, 2016 $86,840
Project Engineer, Product Development Depuy Synthes Products, LLC Warsaw, IN Jul 16, 2014 $81,800
Project Engineer Planter Product Validation CNH Industrial America LLC Burr Ridge, IL Mar 24, 2014 $80,000
Project Engineer, Product Development Arcelormittal Tailored Blanks Americas Southfield, MI Jan 10, 2016 $79,102
Project Engineer, Product Development Arcelormittal Tailored Blanks Americas Southfield, MI Apr 21, 2016 $79,102
Engineer II Project/Product Engineer Crown Solutions Company, LLC Vandalia, OH Oct 01, 2011 $75,319
Project Engineer, Product Development Depuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Warsaw, IN Nov 01, 2011 $75,000
Project Engineer-Products Globus Medical Inc. Audubon, PA Dec 30, 2015 $73,403
Senior Product/Project Engineer CTS Corporation Elkhart, IN Feb 09, 2016 $67,267 -
$91,000

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Top Skills for A Product/Project Engineer

  1. New Product Development
  2. CAD
  3. Project Management
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  • Project manager for new product development and quality improvements
  • Designed compressor's electrical, pneumatic, process and instrumentation drawings on CAD for all markets and most major manufacturers.
  • Lead multiple projects simultaneously through project management techniques of planning objectives and utilizing proper resources to successful and on time completion.
  • Achieved a $25,000 yearly cost savings with the integration of an efficient bulk delivery process to high-speed lip balm line.
  • Managed project portfolio costs, and budgets by ABC accounting, also managed BOM and component costs.

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Top 10 Best States for Product/Project Engineers

  1. Washington
  2. Texas
  3. Massachusetts
  4. California
  5. Wyoming
  6. Arizona
  7. Colorado
  8. New Hampshire
  9. Michigan
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Product/Project Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

78.8%

Female

11.0%

Unknown

10.2%
Ethnicity

White

59.1%

Asian

13.5%

Hispanic or Latino

12.4%

Black or African American

10.0%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

21.9%

Chinese

15.6%

Cantonese

9.4%

Mandarin

9.4%

Vietnamese

6.3%

German

6.3%

Italian

6.3%

Portuguese

3.1%

Romanian

3.1%

Japanese

3.1%

French

3.1%

Carrier

3.1%

Malayalam

3.1%

Arabic

3.1%

Korean

3.1%
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Product/Project Engineer Education

Schools

Purdue University

10.4%

Arizona State University

6.5%

Western Michigan University

6.5%

Pennsylvania State University

6.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.5%

George Washington University

5.2%

Michigan State University

5.2%

Northern Illinois University

5.2%

Cleveland State University

5.2%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.9%

Fullerton College

3.9%

Ashford University

3.9%

San Jose State University

3.9%

California State University - Los Angeles

3.9%

Texas State University

3.9%

University of California - San Diego

3.9%

Youngstown State University

3.9%

Drexel University

3.9%

University of Akron

3.9%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.9%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

35.6%

Business

16.1%

Electrical Engineering

8.5%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

5.8%

Industrial Technology

3.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.3%

Industrial Engineering

3.3%

Engineering

2.7%

Marketing

2.4%

Project Management

2.4%

Drafting And Design

2.1%

Management

2.1%

Aerospace Engineering

2.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.5%

Engineering Technology

1.5%

Computer Science

1.5%

Chemical Engineering

1.5%

Finance

1.2%

Physics

1.2%

Graphic Design

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.2%

Masters

34.4%

Other

11.5%

Associate

4.4%

Certificate

2.9%

Doctorate

1.5%

Diploma

1.0%
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