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Become A Research Engineer

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Working As A Research 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 Research Engineer Do

Research Engineers are responsible for a wide range of duties, including researching and developing new technologies and prototypes, and finding solutions to improve techniques, procedures, and technologies.

How To Become A Research 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.


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.


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 Engineer Career Paths

Research Engineer
Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Operations Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Plant Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Technical Services Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Production Manager Estimator
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Consultant Product Manager
Product Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Process Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Business Analyst Product Manager
Research And Development Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Lead Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Project Engineer Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Senior Software Engineer Technical Manager
Technical Director
7 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Program Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Research Engineer Demographics


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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Mandarin

  • Korean

  • Italian

  • Japanese

  • Russian

  • Carrier

  • Hindi

  • Arabic

  • Portuguese

  • Persian

  • Cantonese

  • Swedish

  • Polish

  • Turkish

  • Greek

  • Urdu

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Real Research Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Research Engineer Google Inc. Kirkland, WA Jul 07, 2016 $216,000
Research Engineer Google, Inc. Kirkland, WA Aug 10, 2015 $216,000
Research Engineer, SR. Staff Samsung Research America, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jul 27, 2015 $200,000
Research Engineer JD.Com American Technologies Corporation Santa Clara, CA Nov 28, 2016 $200,000 -
Subsurface Nanotechnology Research Engineer Shell International Exploration and Production Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2015 $182,800
GNC Research Engineer Autel Robotics USA LLC San Ramon, CA Feb 15, 2016 $180,000
Research Engineer VIV Labs Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 26, 2016 $175,000 -
Research Engineer ZOOX, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Jan 08, 2016 $170,000
Research Engineer FX Palo Alto Laboratory, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jun 09, 2016 $167,500
Research Engineer Chevron Corporation Houston, TX Sep 18, 2015 $163,488
Research Engineers Exxonmobil Upstream Research Company Houston, TX May 29, 2015 $163,488 -
Research Engineer EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 11, 2015 $162,000
Research Engineer VIV Labs Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 26, 2016 $161,000 -
Research Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA May 08, 2016 $161,000
Staff Research Engineer/Corp R&D Wireless Protocol Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Jun 27, 2015 $111,800 -
Research Engineer SRI International Menlo Park, CA Dec 14, 2015 $111,654 -
Research Engineer SRI International Menlo Park, CA Jan 25, 2016 $111,654 -
Research Engineer Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company Palo Alto, CA Aug 01, 2015 $111,650 -
Research Engineer-Natural Language Processing Basis Technology Corporation Cambridge, MA Sep 15, 2015 $110,850
Research Engineer-Senior Siemens PLM Software Inc. Charlotte, NC Jul 04, 2016 $110,827 -
Tech Yahoo, Research Engineer Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 03, 2015 $110,700 -
Research Engineer II Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA Jan 07, 2016 $89,993
Research Engineer Newracom, Inc. Irvine, CA Feb 09, 2016 $89,782
Research Engineer, Video Codec Dolby Laboratories, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 03, 2015 $89,687
High Pressure Research Engineer SII Megadiamond Provo, UT Sep 22, 2015 $89,650
Research Engineer Mistras Group, Inc. Princeton Junction, NJ Dec 22, 2015 $89,648
Research Engineer Cargill, Incorporated Plymouth, MN May 08, 2016 $89,627 -

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Top Skills for A Research Engineer


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Top Research Engineer Skills

  1. Lab
  2. Laboratory Equipment
  3. Hardware
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Collaborated with medical doctors, researchers, physical therapists, and patients to devise solutions to meet user needs.
  • Designed and developed electronic test equipment that monitored and tested the performance characteristics of laser-based laboratory equipment.
  • Embedded hardware and firmware development and integration
  • Developed composite pressure filament winding process.
  • Researched and summarized international and U. S. government automotive safety standards, including the Code of Federal Regulations.

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