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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

  • $91,000

    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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How To Become A Senior Design Project

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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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
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Research And Development Project Manager
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Average Yearly Salary
$91,000
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$69,000
Min 10%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
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$91,000
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$91,000
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$91,000
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$91,000
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$91,000
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$120,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Jacobs Engineering Group
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
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 $91,648 per year or $44 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $69,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $120,000.

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Real Senior Design Project Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Project Designer-Architecture HNTB Corporation Sep 19, 2015 $137,280
Senior Project Designer Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum, Inc. Jan 06, 2016 $120,000
SR. Project Designer-Architecture HNTB Corporation Jan 30, 2015 $114,483
Senior Project Designer Perkins + Will, Inc. Dec 16, 2015 $114,000
SR. Project Designer-Architecture HNTB Corporation Sep 18, 2012 $110,000
Senior Project Designer Perkins + Will, Inc. Dec 15, 2013 $102,000
SR. Project Designer Perkins Eastman Architects DPC May 10, 2016 $99,403
Senior Project Designer Freeman Shelbourne Candari LLC Aug 03, 2012 $97,365
Senior Designer/Project Architect Blue Stone Bk LLC Jan 09, 2016 $95,000
Senior Project Designer Freeman Shelbourne Candari LLC Mar 01, 2011 $90,000
Senior Project Designer Perkins Eastman Architects PC Feb 22, 2011 $82,285 -
$85,000
Senior Project Designer Freeman Shelbourne Candari LLC Sep 08, 2012 $75,000
Senior Project Designer Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo N.A. Inc. Apr 09, 2010 $74,430
Senior Project Designer Choate Parking Consultants, Inc. Oct 12, 2013 $73,800
Senior Project Designer Development Design Group Inc. 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:
  • Designed the prototype of power regulation, actuation and sensor system of Radiation Detection Robot with Nuclear and Mechanical engineering students.
  • Assisted the Engineers in designing Medical Devices as well as created 3-D solid models, 3-D assemblies and detailed drawings.
  • Developed concept layout of potential designs using SolidWorks to convey manufacturing and production configurations to get designs 3D printed.
  • Managed both large and small commercial design projects from Schematic design through Site supervision.
  • Released reports to be incorporated into public health academic manuscript.

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Senior Design Project Demographics

Gender

Male

73.5%

Female

19.6%

Unknown

6.9%
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

Georgia Institute of Technology -

8.1%

Drexel University

6.7%

Purdue University

6.6%

University of Connecticut

6.2%

University of California - Davis

6.1%

University of California - Riverside

5.8%

Pennsylvania State University

5.5%

North Carolina State University

5.4%

University of Central Florida

5.2%

University of Colorado at Boulder

5.1%

University of California - San Diego

5.1%

University of California - Irvine

5.0%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

4.6%

Texas A&M University

4.1%

California State University - Los Angeles

3.7%

Florida International University

3.4%

Colorado State University

3.4%

Michigan Technological University

3.3%

Old Dominion University

3.3%

University of Texas at Austin

3.3%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

35.5%

Electrical Engineering

13.4%

Biomedical Engineering

10.2%

Chemical Engineering

7.0%

Industrial Engineering

6.4%

Civil Engineering

6.4%

Engineering

3.4%

Computer Engineering

2.7%

Aerospace Engineering

2.6%

Computer Science

1.8%

Materials Science And Engineering

1.7%

Environmental Engineering

1.4%

Biological Engineering

1.3%

Architecture

1.1%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.0%

Engineering And Industrial Management

0.9%

Systems Engineering

0.8%

Business

0.8%

Interior Design

0.8%

Drafting And Design

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

89.3%

Masters

7.0%

Associate

1.4%

High School Diploma

1.0%

Certificate

0.6%

Doctorate

0.6%

Diploma

0.2%
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