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Working As A Senior Mechanic

  • 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

  • $87,800

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Mechanic 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 Mechanic

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 Mechanic Career Paths

Senior Mechanic
Shop Foreman Maintenance Technician
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Inspector Quality Control Inspector Construction Manager
Commissioning Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Sergeant Maintenance Technician Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Technical Inspector Maintenance Supervisor Director Of Facilities
Director, Facilities & Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Sergeant Technician Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Production Manager Engineering Manager
Engineering/Maintenance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Field Engineer Estimator
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Service Manager Hvac Technician Facility Engineer
Facilities/Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Technician Delivery Driver Electrician
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Technician Operator Foreman
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Warehouse Manager Installation Technician
Installation Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Shop Foreman Service Manager Maintenance Manager
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Engineer Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Platoon Sergeant Mechanic Millwright
Mechanical Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Technician Mechanical Engineer Plant Engineer
Plant Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Mechanic Maintenance Supervisor Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Mechanic Technician Engineering Technician
Senior Electronics Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Field Engineer Assistant Superintendent
Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
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Senior Mechanic Demographics

Gender

Male

93.0%

Female

5.4%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

79.5%

Hispanic or Latino

11.4%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.9%

Carrier

17.1%

Portuguese

7.3%

Arabic

4.9%

Korean

4.9%

Hungarian

2.4%

German

2.4%

Japanese

2.4%

French

2.4%

Norwegian

2.4%

Armenian

2.4%

Dakota

2.4%

Polish

2.4%

Mandarin

2.4%
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Senior Mechanic Education

Schools

Central Texas College

17.6%

Universal Technical Institute

10.4%

University of Phoenix

8.8%

North Central Institute

5.6%

Columbia Southern University

4.8%

Texas A&M University

4.8%

Fayetteville Technical Community College

4.8%

Pikes Peak Community College

4.8%

Ashford University

4.0%

Wichita State University

4.0%

Austin Peay State University

3.2%

University of North Dakota

3.2%

The Academy

3.2%

Cameron University

3.2%

More Tech Institute

3.2%

Liberty University

3.2%

Northeastern University

3.2%

University of Arizona

3.2%

Altamaha Technical College

2.4%

Trident Technical College

2.4%
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Majors

Automotive Technology

16.8%

Business

13.0%

Mechanical Engineering

9.0%

Electrical Engineering

7.6%

General Studies

6.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.6%

Management

4.2%

Criminal Justice

4.2%

Heating And Air Conditioning

4.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.8%

Industrial Technology

3.6%

Aviation

3.6%

Engineering

3.6%

Drafting And Design

2.8%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.8%

Computer Science

2.6%

Education

2.6%

Precision Metal Working

2.0%

Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance Technologies

1.6%

Project Management

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

42.9%

Bachelors

21.2%

Associate

16.4%

Certificate

9.5%

Masters

6.3%

Diploma

2.3%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.6%
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Top Skills for A Senior Mechanic

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Top Senior Mechanic Skills

  1. Wheel Vehicles
  2. Safety Regulations
  3. Maintenance Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Perform services and organizational maintenance on wheel vehicles; diagnosis malfunctions of light and heavy wheel vehicles and associated components.
  • Interpreted company policies to workers and enforced safety regulations Interpreted specifications and job orders to workers and assigned duties.
  • Monitor and revise any necessary company inspection and maintenance procedures and make necessary revisions to the company Maintenance and Inspection manuals.
  • Planned and organized work area layout to gain maximum efficiency and utilization of time, equipment, and personnel.
  • Diagnose malfunctions and perform corrective maintenance on diesel engines and power generating equipment.

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