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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

  • $96,153

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Designer 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 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.

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 Designer Career Paths

Senior Designer
Art Director Marketing Director General Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Designer Senior Mechanical Engineer Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Assistant Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Design Director Creative Director Marketing Director
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Project Engineer General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Graphic Designer Art Director Marketing Director
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Art Director Creative Director
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Engineering Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Design Manager Project Manager Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager Operations Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Design Engineer Project Engineer
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Operations Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Marketing Director General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Designer Design Engineer Engineering Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Program Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Principal Designer 4.6 years
Machine Designer 4.3 years
Senior Designer 4.0 years
Product Designer 3.8 years
Facility Designer 3.5 years
Head Designer 3.4 years
Lead Designer 3.2 years
Detailer/Designer 3.0 years
Designer 3.0 years
Contract Designer 2.4 years
Top Employers Before
Designer 30.3%
Draftsman 4.0%
Internship 3.6%
Drafter 2.5%
Top Employers After
Designer 12.6%
Consultant 2.7%
Owner 2.6%

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Senior Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

69.3%

Female

27.8%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

75.2%

Asian

11.5%

Hispanic or Latino

10.2%

Unknown

2.4%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.9%

French

11.3%

Chinese

7.9%

Mandarin

7.1%

German

6.9%

Italian

4.7%

Korean

3.4%

Hindi

3.2%

Cantonese

3.2%

Japanese

2.9%

Arabic

2.6%

Carrier

2.1%

Polish

1.8%

Russian

1.6%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Telugu

0.8%

Dutch

0.8%

Nepali

0.8%

Urdu

0.8%

Portuguese

0.8%
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Senior Designer Education

Schools

Fashion Institute of Technology

17.9%

Savannah College of Art and Design

7.1%

School of Visual Arts

6.0%

Purdue University

5.4%

Macomb Community College

5.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.1%

Pratt Institute-Main

5.1%

Rhode Island School of Design

4.4%

Drexel University

4.4%

Michigan Technological University

4.1%

Art Center College of Design

3.9%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.9%

University of Delaware

3.9%

Parsons the New School for Design

3.8%

University of Houston

3.5%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.4%

University of Connecticut

3.4%

Syracuse University

3.2%

Houston Community College

3.2%

University of Phoenix

3.2%
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Majors

Graphic Design

27.3%

Mechanical Engineering

12.5%

Drafting And Design

10.6%

Electrical Engineering

6.1%

Fine Arts

5.9%

Business

4.7%

Design And Visual Communication

4.1%

Interior Design

3.3%

Engineering

3.2%

Civil Engineering

2.7%

Architecture

2.4%

Biomedical Engineering

2.3%

Computer Science

2.3%

Computer Applications

2.1%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Industrial Technology

1.7%

Education

1.7%

Communication

1.7%

Chemical Engineering

1.6%

Marketing

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.0%

Other

20.1%

Associate

13.8%

Masters

11.1%

Certificate

4.2%

Diploma

1.0%

Doctorate

0.7%

License

0.1%
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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 -
$205,000
Senior Designer Microsoft Corporation San Francisco, CA May 07, 2016 $168,200 -
$188,200
Senior Designer Microsoft Corporation San Francisco, CA Aug 29, 2016 $168,200
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 Karma Automotive, LLC Costa Mesa, CA Jan 08, 2016 $160,000
Senior Designer EBAY Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 26, 2016 $160,000
Senior E&I Designer IV-AGA Texas, LLC Houston, TX May 08, 2015 $159,432
Senior Designer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 07, 2016 $156,700
Senior Designer Segment.IO, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 09, 2016 $155,000
Senior Designer, ID & Auto Designworksusa, Inc. Parksdale, CA Sep 01, 2015 $100,467
Senior Designer, ID & Audio Designworksusa, Inc. Parksdale, CA Sep 01, 2015 $100,467
Senior Designer I Crystal Dynamics, Inc. Redwood City, CA May 03, 2015 $100,250
Senior Designer Wicked Fashions, Inc. Fort Lee, NJ Apr 13, 2016 $100,173
Senior Designer Richline Group, Inc. New York, NY Oct 12, 2015 $100,173
Senior Designer (Healthcare) HKS Inc. Dallas, TX Nov 20, 2015 $100,000
Senior Designer Abercrombie & Fitch New Albany, OH Feb 24, 2015 $100,000
Senior Designer Abercrombie & Fitch Trading Co. New Albany, OH Jun 15, 2016 $100,000 -
$150,000
Senior Designer L1 Sapient Corporation Portland, OR Aug 23, 2015 $84,872
Senior Designer TRW Automotive, Inc. Farmington Hills, MI May 12, 2016 $84,394
SR. Designer Abercrombie & Fitch Trading Co. New Albany, OH Sep 20, 2015 $83,990 -
$110,000
Senior Designer Carrot Creative New York, NY Sep 15, 2016 $83,480
Senior Designer Perkins Eastman Architects P.C. New York, NY Jun 11, 2015 $83,387
Tibco Senior Designer IBM India Private Limited Hoboken, NJ Jan 08, 2016 $83,375
Senior Designer Ciber, Inc. Dearborn, MI Jan 18, 2016 $83,200

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Top Skills for A Senior Designer

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  1. Autocad
  2. Layout
  3. Product Development
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained changes to AutoCAD database.
  • Assisted in the Development of the equipment, labs and office space layouts for phase I & II in ES2.
  • Managed communications with manufacturers to direct, revise and expedite product development in U.S. and Asia.
  • Focused on pushing design concepts with out-of-the-box ideas while maintaining reasonable technical limitations.
  • Work with Cad Manager in insuring all graphics and prints are made in house.

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