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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

  • $84,296

    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
Maintenance Manager Project Manager Construction Manager
Capital Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Inspector Quality Assurance Inspector Quality Assurance Supervisor
Controls Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Platoon Sergeant Operations Manager Operations Project Manager
Deputy Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Mechanic Maintenance Supervisor Chief Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Shop Foreman Maintenance Technician Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Production Manager Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Mechanic Technician Foreman
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Sergeant Security Officer Maintenance Technician
Facilities Maintenance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Instructor Operations Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Technician Hvac Technician Facility Engineer
Facilities/Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Instructor Security Officer Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Sergeant Technician Foreman
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Driver Operation Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Shop Foreman Service Manager Maintenance Manager
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Engineer Senior Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Platoon Sergeant Production Supervisor General Foreman
Mechanical Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Inspector Maintenance Supervisor Plant Engineer
Plant Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager
Regional Service Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Project Manager Construction Manager
Senior Construction Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Senior Mechanic Demographics

Gender

Male

93.8%

Female

4.8%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

60.7%

Hispanic or Latino

16.1%

Black or African American

12.4%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

4.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.9%

Carrier

12.9%

Arabic

6.5%

Korean

6.5%

Portuguese

3.2%

Hungarian

3.2%

German

3.2%

Japanese

3.2%

French

3.2%

Norwegian

3.2%

Armenian

3.2%

Dakota

3.2%

Mandarin

3.2%

Italian

3.2%
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Senior Mechanic Education

Schools

Central Texas College

20.5%

University of Phoenix

10.7%

Universal Technical Institute

9.8%

Columbia Southern University

7.4%

North Central Institute

5.7%

The Academy

4.1%

Liberty University

4.1%

Pikes Peak Community College

4.1%

El Paso Community College

3.3%

Ashford University

3.3%

Texas A&M University

3.3%

Fayetteville Technical Community College

3.3%

Wichita State University

3.3%

Altamaha Technical College

2.5%

Austin Peay State University

2.5%

University of North Dakota

2.5%

Trident Technical College

2.5%

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology

2.5%

Vincennes University

2.5%

Troy University

2.5%
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Majors

Automotive Technology

19.5%

Business

8.9%

Electrical Engineering

7.3%

General Studies

7.0%

Mechanical Engineering

6.8%

Aviation

5.9%

Criminal Justice

5.0%

Management

4.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.9%

Industrial Technology

3.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.6%

Heating And Air Conditioning

3.6%

Education

3.2%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.2%

Computer Science

3.0%

Engineering

3.0%

Precision Metal Working

2.5%

Drafting And Design

2.0%

Supply Chain Management

1.8%

Civil Engineering

1.6%
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Degrees

Other

45.9%

Bachelors

17.4%

Associate

16.6%

Certificate

10.2%

Masters

5.3%

Diploma

3.1%

License

1.2%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Real Senior Mechanic Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Rock Mechanic Barrick Goldstrike Mines, Inc. Carlin, NV Oct 01, 2012 $110,000
SR. Mechanical Advisor Knighthawk Engineering, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 18, 2011 $100,000
Senior Mechanic-Pt6A The Timken Company Tucson, AZ Oct 01, 2009 $52,000
Senior Mechanic Auto KARE, LLC Anchorage, AK Jul 15, 2015 $49,358

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  1. Vehicle Maintenance
  2. Preventative Maintenance
  3. Repair Parts
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  • Performed all general vehicle maintenance activities including installation, repair, trouble-shooting, diagnostics, and preventive maintenance.
  • Complete preventative maintenance on equipment and building systems as established in department procedures and audits, and required by regulatory agencies.
  • Fabricated needed repair parts using machine shop instrumentation and equipment.
  • Provided training to diverse teams in equipment operation/ maintenance and effective safety practices for heavy equipment recovery department.
  • Performed support maintenance administrative functions, supervised the preparation of personnel records and training.

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