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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

A Senior Design Engineer oversees design projects and provides working design solutions to technical problems. They colllaborate with customers and vendors on engineering designs and assist them with any questions or problems that they may have.

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.


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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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
SR CAD Engineer-PDV Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jun 17, 2015 $182,000 -
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 -
Senior Design Engineer Esencia Technologies Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 11, 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 Nov 07, 2016 $165,000
SR. CAD Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jun 25, 2015 $162,000 -
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 Design Engineer, Mechanics Nokia USA Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 09, 2016 $156,991
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
Senior Design Engineer Dialog Semiconductor Campbell, CA Aug 23, 2015 $110,561 -
SR. Physical Design Engineer Esencia Technologies Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 21, 2016 $110,000
SR Design Engineer Esencia Technologies Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 01, 2015 $110,000
Senior Design Engineer Arm, Inc. Austin, TX Nov 24, 2015 $110,000
Senior Design Engineer Acorn Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA May 01, 2015 $110,000
Senior Design Engineer Intersil Communications LLC Milpitas, CA Aug 08, 2016 $110,000
Senior Design Engineer Xilinx, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 27, 2016 $110,000
Senior Design Engineer Caterpillar Inc. Rossville, IL Feb 10, 2016 $94,788
Senior Design Engineer Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) Austin, TX Jan 23, 2015 $94,640 -
Senior Design Engineer Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Boxborough, MA Jan 09, 2016 $94,515 -
Senior Design Engineer Atmel Corporation San Jose, CA Sep 10, 2015 $94,438
Senior Design Engineer Covidien North Haven, CT Apr 12, 2015 $94,286
SR. RTL Design Engineer Cavium, Inc. CA Apr 09, 2016 $94,224 -
SR. RTL Design Engineer Cavium, Inc. CA Sep 04, 2016 $94,224 -
SR. Designing Engineer General Motors Company Warren, MI Feb 11, 2015 $94,000

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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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