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Working As A Senior Design 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

  • $90,688

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Design 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 Senior Design 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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Senior Design Engineer Career Paths

Senior Design Engineer
Senior Mechanical Designer Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Engineer Senior Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Lead Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Project Leader Product Manager
Global Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Technical Director Production Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Quality Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Operations Manager Operations Director
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Management Consultant Product Manager
Product Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Product Developer Process Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Engineer Project Manager Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Designer Senior Mechanical Engineer Project Manager
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Engineer Senior Staff Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Chief Engineer Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Program Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Principal Engineer 4.7 years
Design Checker 4.5 years
Tool Engineer 4.5 years
Principle Engineer 4.5 years
Staff Engineer 4.3 years
Design Engineer 3.4 years
Advanced Engineer 3.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Design Team Lead 2.8 years
Junior Engineer 2.1 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 4.9%
Designer 3.6%
Top Employers After
Engineer 4.2%
Consultant 3.9%

Senior Design Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

87.4%

Female

8.4%

Unknown

4.2%
Ethnicity

White

69.0%

Asian

18.9%

Hispanic or Latino

8.0%

Unknown

3.4%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

24.1%

Carrier

12.6%

Chinese

9.4%

German

9.4%

Mandarin

7.3%

French

6.8%

Japanese

5.8%

Russian

3.7%

Hindi

2.6%

Italian

2.6%

Arabic

2.6%

Romanian

1.6%

Dutch

1.6%

Korean

1.6%

Urdu

1.6%

Cantonese

1.6%

Portuguese

1.6%

Dakota

1.6%

Turkish

1.0%

Hawaiian

1.0%
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Senior Design Engineer Education

Schools

Purdue University

9.7%

San Jose State University

6.8%

Arizona State University

6.6%

University of Texas at Austin

6.4%

Pennsylvania State University

5.8%

University of Phoenix

5.2%

Iowa State University

5.2%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.8%

Northeastern University

4.8%

Wichita State University

4.7%

Santa Clara University

4.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.2%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.2%

University of Florida

4.2%

University of Southern California

4.0%

Drexel University

4.0%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.9%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.9%

University of Houston

3.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.7%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

27.1%

Mechanical Engineering

26.2%

Business

8.0%

Engineering

4.4%

Computer Engineering

4.1%

Drafting And Design

4.1%

Civil Engineering

3.2%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.1%

Computer Science

2.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.7%

Management

2.0%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.9%

Industrial Technology

1.7%

Graphic Design

1.5%

Aerospace Engineering

1.5%

Project Management

1.5%

Physics

1.1%

Engineering Technology

1.1%

Finance

1.1%

Industrial Engineering

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.5%

Masters

31.9%

Other

13.1%

Associate

5.9%

Doctorate

4.3%

Certificate

2.5%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.0%
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Real Senior Design Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Design Engineering Piping and Layout Global Edge Solutions, LLC Houston, TX Jul 11, 2016 $208,000
Senior Mixed Signal Design Engineer Robert Bosch LLC Palo Alto, CA Aug 08, 2016 $180,000
Senior Camera Module Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 28, 2015 $168,800 -
$229,300
Engineer Senior Physical Design Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Dec 23, 2016 $166,601 -
$193,521
Senior Design Engineer Esencia Technologies Inc. Santa Clara, CA Nov 07, 2016 $165,000
Senior Design Engineer Plangrid, Inc. San Francisco, CA May 30, 2016 $165,000
Senior Design Engineer Esencia Technologies Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 11, 2016 $165,000
Senior Piping Design Engineer Edoxx Technical Services, LLC Houston, TX Jan 03, 2015 $162,240
Senior IC Design Engineer Invecas, Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 23, 2016 $162,000
SR. Physical Design Engineer Nvidia Corporation Austin, TX Aug 22, 2016 $161,400
Senior Design Engineer Esencia Technologies Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 27, 2016 $160,000
Senior Reactor Design/Analysis Engineer Ut-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Oak Ridge, TN May 12, 2015 $155,372
Senior Physical Design Engineer Invecas, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Dec 24, 2015 $155,000
CAD Engineer, SR. MTS Altera Corporation San Jose, CA Feb 19, 2016 $153,032 -
$189,277
Senior Design Engineer Arm, Inc. Austin, TX Aug 24, 2015 $114,980
Senior Design Engineer 1 ASML Us, Inc. Wilton, CT Sep 05, 2016 $114,962
SR. Mask Design Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA May 27, 2016 $114,950 -
$134,950
Design Engineer, Senior Altera Corporation San Jose, CA Oct 01, 2015 $114,882 -
$135,000
Design Engineer, Senior Altera Corporation San Jose, CA Aug 18, 2015 $114,882 -
$130,000
Senior Engineer, Systems Design & Strategy T-Mobile USA, Inc. Bellevue, WA Sep 08, 2015 $114,858
SR. Logic Design Engineer Teledyne Lecroy, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Nov 19, 2015 $114,729 -
$130,000
Senior OSA Design Engineer Finisar Corporation Fremont, CA Feb 26, 2016 $114,691
Senior Engineer, Systems Design & Strategy T-Mobile USA, Inc. Bellevue, WA May 11, 2015 $99,902 -
$114,000
Senior Design Engineer 1 ASML Us, Inc. Wilton, CT Aug 08, 2015 $99,900
Senior Design Engineer 1 ASML Us, Inc. Wilton, CT Jul 02, 2016 $99,900
Senior Engineer, Systems Design and Strategy T-Mobile USA, Inc. Snoqualmie, WA Sep 28, 2015 $99,879
Senior Engineer, Systems Design and Strategy T-Mobile USA, Inc. Snoqualmie, WA Dec 05, 2016 $99,879
Senior Electromagnetics Design Engineer Access Business Group International LLC Ada, MI Oct 19, 2015 $99,800 -
$132,068
SR. Engineer, Systems Design & Strategy T-Mobile USA, Inc. Bellevue, WA Oct 18, 2016 $99,788 -
$105,000
Senior Engineer-Design Caterpillar Inc. Rossville, IL Sep 12, 2015 $99,612

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Top Skills for A Senior Design Engineer

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Top Senior Design Engineer Skills

  1. New Product Development
  2. CAD
  3. Layout
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Covered a broad range of new product developments and existing product modifications, including structural design integrity.
  • Provided Auto CAD drawings identifying the members which required remedial action and provided replacement or repair options.
  • Post layout timing Extraction and verification, Power estimation, Test chip verification and silicon validation.
  • Designed and developed hardware and software platform for demonstrating a proprietary networking time synchronization system.
  • Analyzed client requirements, and developed preliminary concept design for bid proposals.

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