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Working As A Senior Designer

  • 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

  • $102,285

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Designer Do

A Senior Designer manages the process of a design project from conception, designing, and production to completion and delivery. They coordinate a team of junior designers to ensure that all work produced meets the clients’ requirements.

How To Become A Senior Designer

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 Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Designer Festina Lente LLP New York, NY Sep 11, 2016 $240,000
Senior Experience Designer Adobe Systems Incorporated San Francisco, CA Sep 19, 2016 $197,000
Senior Designer 2 Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 05, 2015 $184,000
SR. Pdms Instrumentation Designer Duke Marine Technical Services USA Houston, TX Aug 26, 2015 $170,000 -
Senior Designer Microsoft Corporation San Francisco, CA May 07, 2016 $168,200 -
Senior Designer Microsoft Corporation San Francisco, CA Aug 29, 2016 $168,200
Engineer Senior Physical Design Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Dec 23, 2016 $166,601 -
SR. Pdms Instrument Designer Duke Marine Technical Services USA Houston, TX Oct 15, 2015 $162,786
Senior Pdms Instrument Designer Duke Marine Technical Services USA Inc. Houston, TX Jul 09, 2016 $162,240
Senior Designer EBAY Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 26, 2016 $160,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Designer


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Top Senior Designer Skills

  1. Design Development
  2. Autocad
  3. Layout
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Analyzed multiple structural, mechanical, and architectural design options on a conceptual level and in final design development.
  • Work was performed on Autocad Release 13.
  • Managed high profile projects in all aspects of art direction, design, page layout, photography and illustration.
  • Managed communications with manufacturers to direct, revise and expedite product development in U.S. and Asia.
  • Work with Cad Manager in insuring all graphics and prints are made in house.

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