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Working As A Senior Engineering Associate

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $82,480

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Engineering Associate Do

Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment, such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, or power generation equipment. Electrical engineers also design the electrical systems of automobiles and aircraft.

Electronics engineers design and develop electronic equipment, such as broadcast and communications systems, from portable music players to global positioning systems (GPSs). Many also work in areas closely related to computer hardware.

Duties

Electrical engineers typically do the following:

  • Design new ways to use electrical power to develop or improve products
  • Perform detailed calculations to develop manufacturing, construction, and installation standards and specifications
  • Direct the manufacture, installation, and testing of electrical equipment to ensure that products meet specifications and codes
  • Investigate complaints from customers or the public, evaluate problems, and recommend solutions
  • Work with project managers on production efforts to ensure that projects are completed satisfactorily, on time, and within budget

Electronics engineers typically do the following:

  • Design electronic components, software, products, or systems for commercial, industrial, medical, military, or scientific applications
  • Analyze customer needs and determine the requirements, capacity, and cost for developing an electrical system plan
  • Develop maintenance and testing procedures for electronic components and equipment
  • Evaluate systems and recommend design modifications or equipment repair
  • Inspect electronic equipment, instruments, and systems to make sure that they meet safety standards and applicable regulations
  • Plan and develop applications and modifications for electronic properties used in parts and systems in order to improve technical performance

Electronics engineers who work for the federal government research, develop, and evaluate electronic devices used in a variety of areas, such as aviation, computing, transportation, and manufacturing. They work on federal electronic devices and systems, including satellites, flight systems, radar and sonar systems, and communications systems.

The work of electrical engineers and electronics engineers is often similar. Both use engineering and design software and equipment to do engineering tasks. Both types of engineers also must work with other engineers to discuss existing products and possibilities for engineering projects.

Engineers whose work is related exclusively to computer hardware are considered computer hardware engineers.

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How To Become A Senior Engineering Associate

Electrical and electronics engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value practical experience, so participation in cooperative engineering programs, in which students earn academic credit for structured work experience. Having a Professional Engineer (PE) license may improve an engineer’s chances of finding employment.

Education

High school students interested in studying electrical or electronics engineering benefit from taking courses in physics and mathematics, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Courses in drafting are also helpful, because electrical and electronics engineers often are required to prepare technical drawings.

In order to enter the occupation, prospective electrical and electronics engineers need a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology. Programs include classroom, laboratory, and field studies. Courses include digital systems design, differential equations, and electrical circuit theory. Programs in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology should be accredited by ABET.

Some colleges and universities offer cooperative programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education. Cooperative programs combine classroom study with practical work. Internships provide similar experience and are growing in number.

At some universities, students can enroll in a 5-year program that leads to both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as an instructor at some universities, or in research and development.

Important Qualities

Concentration. Electrical and electronics engineers design and develop complex electrical systems and electronic components and products. They must be able to keep track of multiple design elements and technical characteristics when performing these tasks.

Initiative. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to apply their knowledge to new tasks in every project they undertake. In addition, they must engage in continuing education to keep up with changes in technology.

Interpersonal skills. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to work with others during the manufacturing process to ensure that their plans are implemented correctly. This collaboration includes monitoring technicians and devising remedies to problems as they arise.

Math skills. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to use the principles of calculus and other advanced math in order to analyze, design, and troubleshoot equipment.

Speaking skills. Electrical and electronics engineers work closely with other engineers and technicians. They must be able to explain their designs and reasoning clearly and to relay instructions during product development and production. They also may need to explain complex issues to customers who have little or no technical expertise.

Writing skills. Electrical and electronics engineers develop technical publications related to equipment they develop, including maintenance manuals, operation manuals, parts lists, product proposals, and design methods documents.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as electrical and electronics engineers. 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
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam can be taken right after graduation from a college or university. Engineers who pass this exam commonly are called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After getting work experience, EITs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education courses to keep their license. Most states recognize licensure from other states if the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements.

Advancement

Electrical and electronic engineers may advance to supervisory positions in which they lead a team of engineers and technicians. Some may move to management positions, working as engineering or program managers. Preparation for managerial positions usually requires working under the guidance of a more experienced engineer. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

For sales work, an engineering background enables engineers to discuss a product's technical aspects and assist in product planning and use. For more information, see the profile on sales engineers.

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Senior Engineering Associate
Project Engineer Systems Engineer Application Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Manager, Systems Engineering
Director Of Systems Engineering
12 Yearsyrs
Advisory Engineer Consulting Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Development Manager Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Senior Project Engineer Project Engineering Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Engineering Manager
Engineering/Maintenance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Project Engineer
Plant Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Engineer Project Manager Product Manager
Product Line Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Product Manager Product Development Manager
Research And Development Director
12 Yearsyrs
Staff Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Test Engineer
Test Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Principal Engineer Vice President Of Engineering
Vice President Of Research And Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Senior Engineering Associate
Internship 5.3%
Engineer 4.3%
Designer 1.9%
Top Careers After Senior Engineering Associate
Engineer 13.0%
Consultant 2.9%

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Senior Engineering Associate Demographics

Gender

Male

80.7%

Female

15.4%

Unknown

3.9%
Ethnicity

White

57.3%

Hispanic or Latino

14.1%

Asian

13.8%

Black or African American

10.6%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.1%

French

14.3%

Carrier

14.3%

Mandarin

9.5%

Chinese

4.8%

German

4.8%

Bengali

4.8%

Arabic

4.8%

Hindi

4.8%
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Senior Engineering Associate Education

Schools

University of Florida

9.3%

Purdue University

9.3%

Bradley University

6.7%

Syracuse University

6.7%

Illinois Institute of Technology

6.7%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.3%

University of Vermont

5.3%

Northeastern University

5.3%

Marist College

4.0%

Auburn University

4.0%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

4.0%

University of Houston

4.0%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.0%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

4.0%

University of Phoenix

4.0%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.0%

University of Southern Mississippi

4.0%

University of Texas at Austin

4.0%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.7%

Judson College

2.7%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

23.4%

Mechanical Engineering

16.5%

Business

9.7%

Chemical Engineering

6.8%

Computer Science

6.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.3%

Civil Engineering

4.3%

Engineering

3.6%

Computer Engineering

3.2%

Drafting And Design

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.5%

Industrial Engineering

2.5%

Management

2.2%

Materials Science And Engineering

2.2%

Project Management

1.8%

Environmental Engineering

1.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.4%

Finance

1.4%

Industrial Technology

1.4%

Automotive Technology

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.2%

Masters

29.4%

Other

15.2%

Associate

10.4%

Doctorate

4.5%

Certificate

2.1%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.3%
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Real Senior Engineering Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Associate, Engineered Products and Services PWC Strategy& (Us) Inc. Chicago, IL Aug 31, 2014 $160,000
Senior Associate-Engineering Van Deusen & Associates, Inc. East Hanover, NJ Dec 30, 2016 $137,000
Senior Engineering Research Associate The Board of Trustees of The Leland Stanford, Jr. Stanford, CA Mar 15, 2010 $135,446
Associate, Senior Engineer, Equity Analytics & Data Team Blackrock Investment Management LLC San Francisco, CA Aug 04, 2015 $134,638
Senior Software Engineering Associate Capital One Services, LLC McLean, VA Sep 14, 2016 $134,500 -
$148,500
Senior Structural Engineering Associate Zentech Technical Services, Inc. Houston, TX Jun 22, 2012 $125,715
Senior Structural Engineering Associate Zentech Technical Services, Inc. Houston, TX Jun 22, 2011 $123,864
Senior Software Engineering Associate Capital One Services, LLC Plano, TX Oct 13, 2016 $117,000 -
$135,000
Senior Analytics Associate-Data Engineering Syntelli Solutions Inc. Charlotte, NC Mar 10, 2016 $115,000
SR. Associate IOS Engineer Workday, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Apr 13, 2015 $110,000
Senior Software Engineering Associate Capital One Services, LLC Richmond, VA Aug 04, 2016 $110,000 -
$135,000
Senior Associate, Middleware Engineering Team DFS Corporate Services LLC Phoenix, AZ Feb 12, 2015 $107,382
Senior Associate, Financial Engineering Duff & Phelps LLC Washington, DC Jan 10, 2011 $105,000 -
$135,000
Senior Associate, Financial Engineering Duff & Phelps, LLC Bethesda, MD Dec 13, 2010 $105,000 -
$130,000
Senior Engineering Associate Ingredion Incorporated Bridgewater, NJ Sep 15, 2014 $94,800
Senior Associate, Structural Engineering Zentech Technical Services, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 02, 2015 $94,640
Senior Associate Engineer The Dow Chemical Company Midland, MI Aug 23, 2016 $94,608 -
$141,926
Senior Associate, Database Engineering DFS Corporate Services LLC Houston, TX Oct 19, 2015 $94,120 -
$105,000
Senior Associate, Database Engineering DFS Corporate Services LLC Riverwoods, IL Oct 19, 2015 $93,392 -
$105,000
Senior Software Engineering Associate Capital One Services, LLC Richmond, VA Jul 13, 2016 $90,000 -
$135,000
Senior Software Engineering Associate Capital One Services II LLC Wilmington, DE Feb 08, 2016 $90,000 -
$135,000
Senior Associate Engineer Caterpillar Inc. Rossville, IL Jun 01, 2011 $74,736
Senior Associate Engineer Caterpillar Inc. Rossville, IL Dec 01, 2009 $73,716
Senior Associate Engineer Caterpillar Inc. Rossville, IL Nov 03, 2011 $73,656
Senior Associate Engineer DKS Associates Seattle, WA Oct 02, 2010 $72,800
Senior Associate Engineer Caterpillar Inc. Decatur, IL Oct 24, 2012 $72,000
Senior Associate Engineer-Simulation Caterpillar Inc. Decatur, IL Sep 20, 2013 $72,000
Senior Associate Engineer Caterpillar Inc. East Peoria, IL Nov 15, 2011 $72,000
Senior Associate Engineer-Simulation Caterpillar Inc. Decatur, IL Sep 17, 2013 $72,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Engineering Associate

  1. Test Plans
  2. Computer
  3. Technical Support
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  • Provided design review presentations and developed sub-system test plans and procedures.
  • Created and implemented company classified computer systems security documentation in coordination with US government Defense Security Service.
  • Provided technical support for instrumentation and control equipment during Naval submarine and surface ship construction and modernization.
  • Prepare work orders, specifications, maps, designs, cost estimates and construction drawings.
  • Designed and fabricated many test apparatuses that improved data results, reduced testing time and improved safety.

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