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Working As A 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

  • $75,000

    Average Salary

What Does A 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 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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Project Engineer Career Paths

Project Engineer
Project Manager Owner/Operator Construction Manager
Senior Construction Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Engineer Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Application Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Facility Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Plant Engineer
Plant Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Consultant Owner/Operator Construction Manager
Capital Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Resident Engineer Electrical Engineer Research And Development Engineer
Research And Development Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Resident Engineer Electrical Engineer Service Engineer
Engineering Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Senior Design Engineer
Senior Engineering Team Leader
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Project Lead Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Controls Engineer Electronics Engineer Production Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Unit Manager 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
Design Engineer 3.4 years
Project Engineer 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Project Engineer
Engineer 8.5%
Internship 8.3%
Top Careers After Project Engineer
Engineer 5.5%
Consultant 3.2%
Owner 2.7%
Manager 2.4%

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Project Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

77.3%

Female

13.1%

Unknown

9.6%
Ethnicity

White

55.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.2%

Asian

14.0%

Black or African American

10.0%

Unknown

5.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.0%

French

9.2%

German

6.4%

Arabic

5.4%

Chinese

5.0%

Mandarin

4.7%

Portuguese

3.3%

Carrier

3.2%

Italian

3.1%

Japanese

2.7%

Russian

2.3%

Hindi

2.2%

Korean

1.6%

Cantonese

1.4%

Urdu

1.0%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Turkish

0.9%

Polish

0.7%

Gujarati

0.5%

Dutch

0.5%
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Project Engineer Education

Schools

Purdue University

9.5%

Pennsylvania State University

8.0%

Texas A&M University

8.0%

University of Phoenix

5.7%

University of Houston

5.6%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.4%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

5.0%

Arizona State University

5.0%

University of Florida

4.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.4%

Michigan Technological University

4.4%

Drexel University

4.3%

Northeastern University

4.2%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

4.0%

Michigan State University

3.8%

Wayne State University

3.8%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.7%

University of Texas at Austin

3.6%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.4%

Ohio State University

3.4%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

24.1%

Civil Engineering

16.4%

Electrical Engineering

10.5%

Business

9.8%

Construction Management

5.6%

Engineering

4.0%

Chemical Engineering

3.9%

Project Management

2.9%

Industrial Engineering

2.7%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.7%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.7%

Computer Science

2.4%

Management

2.1%

Industrial Technology

1.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Finance

1.6%

Drafting And Design

1.5%

Computer Engineering

1.4%

Aerospace Engineering

1.2%

Environmental Engineering

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

52.4%

Masters

29.1%

Other

9.8%

Associate

3.7%

Certificate

2.1%

Doctorate

2.1%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$57,000
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$75,000
Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
McDermott International
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Nevada
Avg Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does a Project Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Project Engineer in the United States is $75,632 per year or $36 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $57,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $99,000.

Real Project Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Project Engineer KTI, Inc. Huntersville, NC Sep 30, 2015 $242,981
Project Engineer KTI, Inc. Wilmington, NC Aug 23, 2016 $242,981
Project Engineer NES Global, LLC The Woodlands, TX Oct 26, 2015 $204,000
Project Engineer NES Global, LLC The Woodlands, TX Apr 01, 2016 $195,000
Project Engineer Ameriforge Group, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 15, 2016 $192,000
Project Engineer Frontender Corporation Houston, TX Jul 27, 2016 $181,542
Project Engineer II Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX May 24, 2016 $172,500
Project Engineer Tradeco Infrastructure, Inc. The Woodlands, TX Jul 25, 2015 $164,729
Project Engineer 5 Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Apr 15, 2015 $164,300
Project Engineer V Fluor Enterprises, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Sep 22, 2016 $164,000
Project Engineer II Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Mar 01, 2015 $162,500
Project Engineer V Fluor Enterprises, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Aug 17, 2016 $160,000
CAE Project Engineer Optimal CAE, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Nov 16, 2015 $80,179
CAE Project Engineer Optimal CAE, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Jan 01, 2016 $80,179
Project Engineer Honeywell International Inc. Houston, TX Sep 30, 2015 $80,157
Project Engineer Honeywell International Inc. Houston, TX Dec 03, 2016 $80,157
Project Engineer Sternberg Lanterns Inc. Roselle, IL Aug 06, 2015 $80,142 -
$90,771
Project Engineer Civiltech Engineering Inc. Bellevue, WA Feb 23, 2015 $80,080
Project Engineer Civiltech Engineering Inc. Bellevue, WA Feb 10, 2015 $80,080
Project Engineer II TRC Environmental Corporation New York, NY May 23, 2016 $80,039
Project Engineer Weir Floway Inc. Fresno, CA Jun 01, 2016 $68,890
Project Engineer EASI LLC Dearborn, MI Oct 01, 2015 $68,871
Project Engineer EASI LLC Dearborn, MI Jan 10, 2016 $68,871
Project Engineer EASI LLC Allen Park, MI May 16, 2016 $68,871
Project Engineer Optimal Inc. Plymouth, MI May 07, 2016 $68,870
Project Engineer SDR Engineering Consultants, Inc. Baton Rouge, LA Aug 09, 2016 $68,869
Project Engineer GNR Systems, Inc. Hauppauge, NY Sep 15, 2016 $68,827
Project Engineer (Mechanical) Ward Tank & Heat Exchanger Corp. Charlotte, NC Jan 09, 2016 $68,827

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Top Skills for A Project Engineer

  1. Project Management
  2. Contract Documents
  3. Engineering Department
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  • Performed project management activities on design-build projects.
  • Assisted the project manager in preparing the preliminary pipeline design and prepared sub-contract documents for aerial surveying.
  • Reorganized the R & D Engineering Department to include accountability for manufacturing/sustaining engineering and production engineering support.
  • Demonstrated strength in designing test documentations including test plan, test cases and test procedures required to successfully qualify a product.
  • Insured quality by scrutinizing submittals, inspecting job sites and communicating professionally with architects, engineers, and Subcontractors.

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