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Working As A Senior Design Project

  • 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

  • $84,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Design Project 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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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 Project Career Paths

Senior Design Project
Project Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Development Manager Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Treasurer Founder Engineering Director
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Manager Facilities Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Production Manager Manufacturing Manager
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Designer Senior Design Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Designer Senior Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Designer Senior Design Engineer Senior Applications Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Owner Project Superintendent Project Engineering Manager
Plant Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Engineering Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Project Lead Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Designer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Senior Product Development Engineer
Lead Product Developer
7 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Unit Manager Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Senior Systems Engineer Senior Storage Engineer
Senior Engineering Team Leader
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Designer Senior Mechanical Engineer Research And Development Senior Engineer
Research And Development Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$84,000
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$39,000
Min 10%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$181,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Gensler
Highest Paying City
Atlanta, GA
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
0.9 years
How much does a Senior Design Project make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Design Project in the United States is $84,835 per year or $41 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $39,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $181,000.

Real Senior Design Project Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Project Designer-Architecture HNTB Corporation New York, NY Sep 19, 2015 $137,280
Senior Project Designer Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum, Inc. New York, NY Jan 06, 2016 $120,000
SR. Project Designer-Architecture HNTB Corporation New York, NY Jan 30, 2015 $114,483
Senior Project Designer Perkins + Will, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 16, 2015 $114,000
SR. Project Designer-Architecture HNTB Corporation New York, NY Sep 18, 2012 $110,000
Senior Project Designer Perkins + Will, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 15, 2013 $102,000
SR. Project Designer Perkins Eastman Architects DPC New York, NY May 10, 2016 $99,403
Senior Project Designer Freeman Shelbourne Candari LLC Urban Honolulu, HI Aug 03, 2012 $97,365
Senior Designer/Project Architect Blue Stone Bk LLC New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $95,000
Senior Project Designer Freeman Shelbourne Candari LLC Urban Honolulu, HI Mar 01, 2011 $90,000
Senior Project Designer Perkins Eastman Architects PC Washington, DC Feb 22, 2011 $82,285 -
$85,000
Senior Project Designer Freeman Shelbourne Candari LLC Urban Honolulu, HI Sep 08, 2012 $75,000
Senior Project Designer Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo N.A. Inc. Irvine, CA Apr 09, 2010 $74,430
Senior Project Designer Choate Parking Consultants, Inc. Irvine, CA Oct 12, 2013 $73,800
Senior Project Designer Development Design Group Inc. Baltimore, MD May 31, 2011 $72,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Design Project

  1. Prototype
  2. Medical Devices
  3. Solidworks
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Design lead responsibilities, ergonomic analysis and implementation of design, vendor selection and oversight, and helped with prototype fabrication.
  • Assisted the Engineers in designing Medical Devices as well as created 3-D solid models, 3-D assemblies and detailed drawings.
  • Used ProEngineer/SolidWorks to design several components that were later manufactured using Rapid Prototyping.
  • Managed both large and small commercial design projects from Schematic design through Site supervision.
  • Project dealt with solar power two-way radios that enabled the utilization of non-AC adapters to charge the NI-Cad batteries.

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Senior Design Project Demographics

Gender

Male

69.7%

Female

18.4%

Unknown

12.0%
Ethnicity

White

52.7%

Asian

17.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

9.5%

Unknown

5.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.7%

Chinese

10.2%

Mandarin

8.7%

French

8.0%

German

5.0%

Arabic

4.8%

Cantonese

3.6%

Hindi

3.4%

Italian

3.3%

Japanese

3.1%

Portuguese

2.5%

Russian

2.0%

Korean

1.9%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Urdu

1.4%

Carrier

0.9%

Tagalog

0.9%

Nepali

0.8%

Greek

0.8%

Polish

0.8%
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Senior Design Project Education

Schools

Drexel University

9.2%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.9%

University of Connecticut

6.8%

Purdue University

6.0%

University of Central Florida

5.3%

University of California - Davis

5.3%

University of California - Riverside

5.2%

North Carolina State University

5.1%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

5.1%

Pennsylvania State University

5.0%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.9%

University of California - San Diego

4.6%

University of California - Irvine

4.4%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.2%

Michigan Technological University

4.1%

Auburn University

4.1%

Texas A&M University

4.0%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

3.4%

University of Texas at Austin

3.2%

Clemson University

3.2%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

35.2%

Electrical Engineering

11.8%

Biomedical Engineering

9.7%

Chemical Engineering

7.3%

Civil Engineering

6.5%

Industrial Engineering

6.1%

Computer Engineering

4.2%

Engineering

3.4%

Aerospace Engineering

2.6%

Materials Science And Engineering

2.0%

Computer Science

1.7%

Business

1.3%

Environmental Engineering

1.3%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.2%

Biological Engineering

1.1%

Architecture

1.0%

Interior Design

1.0%

Drafting And Design

0.9%

Engineering And Industrial Management

0.9%

Systems Engineering

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

76.1%

Masters

15.0%

Other

5.3%

Associate

1.4%

Doctorate

1.3%

Certificate

0.7%

Diploma

0.2%
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