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Working As A Research And Development Senior 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

  • $100,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Research And Development Senior 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 Research And Development Senior 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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Research And Development Senior Engineer Career Paths

Research And Development Senior Engineer
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Product Manager Product Development Manager
Research And Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Engineering Director Research And Development Director
Vice President Of Research And Development
13 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Project Engineering Manager Plant Engineering Manager
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Manager Engineering Manager Manufacturing Manager
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior Applications Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior Applications Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Lead Engineer Lead Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Engineering Operations Manager Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Test Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Staff Engineer Engineering Supervisor Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Engineer Lead Engineer Project Lead Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Engineer Lead Engineer Senior Engineering Technician
Engineering Laboratory Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Test Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Senior Engineering Team Leader
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Test Engineer Senior Product Engineer Senior Product Development Engineer
Lead Product Developer
7 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Staff Engineer Project Engineering Manager Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Engineer 4.2 years
Top Careers Before Research And Development Senior Engineer
Engineer 5.3%
Internship 2.5%
Top Careers After Research And Development Senior Engineer
Consultant 7.3%

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Research And Development Senior Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

74.1%

Unknown

15.0%

Female

10.9%
Ethnicity

White

47.2%

Asian

27.2%

Hispanic or Latino

12.7%

Black or African American

7.7%

Unknown

5.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

16.7%

Chinese

11.5%

Mandarin

10.3%

Japanese

10.3%

French

9.0%

Russian

9.0%

Portuguese

6.4%

Vietnamese

3.8%

German

3.8%

Cantonese

3.8%

Italian

2.6%

Polish

2.6%

Telugu

1.3%

Hindi

1.3%

Hmong

1.3%

Hungarian

1.3%

Cayuga

1.3%

Zhuang

1.3%

Thai

1.3%

Greek

1.3%
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Research And Development Senior Engineer Education

Schools

San Jose State University

8.5%

Pennsylvania State University

7.0%

Purdue University

6.6%

Stanford University

6.3%

North Carolina State University

5.2%

University of Florida

5.2%

University of California - Berkeley

4.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.8%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.8%

University of California - San Diego

4.8%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

4.4%

University of Southern California

4.4%

University of Utah

4.4%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4.4%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.4%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.1%

University of California - Davis

4.1%

University of Phoenix

4.1%

Northeastern University

4.1%

Ohio State University

3.7%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

22.6%

Electrical Engineering

19.3%

Chemical Engineering

8.4%

Business

7.0%

Computer Science

6.8%

Computer Engineering

5.3%

Biomedical Engineering

4.7%

Physics

3.5%

Engineering

2.8%

Materials Science And Engineering

2.5%

Management

2.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.0%

Finance

2.0%

Chemistry

1.9%

Industrial Technology

1.8%

Plastics Engineering

1.6%

Project Management

1.5%

Aerospace Engineering

1.4%

Materials Sciences

1.4%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.3%
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Degrees

Masters

37.9%

Bachelors

31.6%

Doctorate

19.2%

Other

6.6%

Associate

2.1%

Certificate

1.8%

Diploma

0.7%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$79,000
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Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
Los Gatos, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
4.1 years
How much does a Research And Development Senior Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Research And Development Senior Engineer in the United States is $100,780 per year or $48 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $79,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $127,000.

Real Research And Development Senior Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Research Development Engineer Microsoft Corporation Mountain View, CA Jan 11, 2015 $171,188
Senior Research Development Engineer Microsoft Corporation Mountain View, CA Nov 01, 2015 $171,188
Senior Research Development Engineer-MS Research Division or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 12, 2015 $150,184 -
$170,184
R&D News Application Senior Software Engineer Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Jan 05, 2015 $150,000
R&D Senior Engineer Seven Bridges Genomics Inc. Cambridge, MA Oct 24, 2016 $150,000
R&D Senior Engineer Seven Bridges Genomics Inc. Cambridge, MA Apr 09, 2016 $150,000
R&D Design Engineer, SR. II Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA Dec 11, 2015 $145,392 -
$155,392
Senior R&D Engineer ABB Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 21, 2016 $142,709 -
$183,650
Senior R&D Hardware Engineer Foxconn Optical Interconnect Technologies, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 01, 2016 $141,000
Senior R&D Process Engineer Lumentum Operations LLC Milpitas, CA Aug 30, 2016 $138,000
Senior Engineer, R&D Systems Beachbody, LLC El Segundo, CA Nov 29, 2016 $137,100
SR. R&D Engineer Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Feb 25, 2016 $135,200
Senior Research and Development Engineer Mentor Graphics Corporation Fremont, CA Jul 16, 2015 $135,000
R&D Engineer, SR. I Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 13, 2015 $110,094 -
$185,094
R&D Engineer, SR. I Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 26, 2016 $110,094 -
$185,094
R&D Engineer, SR. II Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 20, 2015 $110,094 -
$185,094
R&D Engineer, SR I Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA Apr 24, 2015 $110,094 -
$185,094
R&D Engineer, SR I Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA Feb 13, 2015 $110,094 -
$185,094
R&D Engineer, SR. I Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 12, 2015 $110,094 -
$185,094
R&D Engineer, SR. I Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 13, 2015 $110,094 -
$185,094
R&D Engineer, SR. I Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 16, 2015 $110,094 -
$185,094
R&D Engineer SR Lead LSI Corporation, An Avago Technologies Company San Jose, CA Aug 11, 2015 $106,393 -
$115,000
Senior R&D Engineer The Dow Chemical Company Freeport, TX Jan 09, 2016 $105,165 -
$141,926
Senior R&D Engineer The Gates Corporation Rochester Hills, MI Jan 08, 2016 $105,019 -
$136,200
R&D Engineer, SR. I Synopsys, Inc. Hillsboro, OR Apr 27, 2015 $105,000 -
$125,000
R&D Engineer, SR. I Synopsys, Inc. Hillsboro, OR Mar 19, 2015 $105,000 -
$125,000
SR. R&D Engineer Medtronic, Inc. Santa Rosa, CA Dec 05, 2016 $105,000
R&D Engineer, SR. I Synopsys, Inc. Marlborough, MA Sep 03, 2015 $103,459 -
$178,459
R&D Engineer, SR. I Synopsys, Inc. Hillsboro, OR May 18, 2016 $103,000 -
$123,000

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  • Participated and supported project management initiatives throughout new product development and after commercialization.
  • Establish future customer services or requirements by establishing personal rapport with potential and actual customers.
  • Provided new product design, sustaining engineering support, and project management of disposable IV catheter stabilization medical devices.
  • Achieved 100% accuracy on test cases using differential-algebraic equations to determine temporal voltages.
  • Provided significant guidance and assistance to an overseas manufacturer in gaining FDA Class III device manufacturing approval (non-implantable).

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