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Working As A Senior Mechanical 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

  • $101,430

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Mechanical 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 Mechanical 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 Mechanical Designer Career Paths

Senior Mechanical Designer
Engineer Design Engineer Project Engineer
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager President Of Operations Estimator Project Manager
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Principal Designer Design Specialist Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Principal Mechanical Engineer Principal Engineer Product Manager
Global Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Engineering Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager Engineering Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Design Specialist Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Engineer Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Operations Manager Operations Director
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Designer Project Leader Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Piping Designer Lead Designer Project Manager
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Director Of Construction General Contractor
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Piping Designer Design Specialist Project Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Engineer Project Engineer Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Designer Art Director Marketing Director
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Design Specialist Design Engineer Engineering Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Program Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Machine Designer 4.2 years
Senior Designer 4.0 years
Design Engineer 3.4 years
Lead Designer 3.3 years
Detailer/Designer 3.0 years
Designer 3.0 years
Contract Designer 2.5 years
Top Employers Before
Designer 5.0%
Draftsman 2.8%
Drafter 2.0%
Engineer 1.7%
Top Employers After
Designer 3.6%
Engineer 3.3%

Senior Mechanical Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

91.8%

Female

6.0%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

77.0%

Asian

10.2%

Hispanic or Latino

10.0%

Unknown

2.2%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

27.4%

French

11.9%

Mandarin

9.5%

Carrier

9.5%

Chinese

8.3%

German

8.3%

Russian

4.8%

Italian

3.6%

Dutch

2.4%

Portuguese

2.4%

Swahili

1.2%

Vietnamese

1.2%

Romanian

1.2%

Lakota

1.2%

Czech

1.2%

Hungarian

1.2%

Ukrainian

1.2%

Norwegian

1.2%

Croatian

1.2%

Hebrew

1.2%
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Senior Mechanical Designer Education

Schools

Northeastern University

12.1%

Rochester Institute of Technology

7.1%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

6.7%

San Jose State University

6.7%

A-Technical College

5.4%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

4.9%

University of Phoenix

4.9%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.5%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.5%

University of Houston

4.5%

University of South Florida

4.0%

Pennsylvania State University

4.0%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.0%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

4.0%

Pittsburgh Technical Institute

4.0%

De Anza College

4.0%

State University of New York College of Technology at Alfred

4.0%

Purdue University

4.0%

California State University - Sacramento

3.6%

University of Cincinnati

3.1%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

36.2%

Drafting And Design

23.4%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

7.8%

Business

5.1%

Engineering

4.5%

Graphic Design

2.9%

Engineering Technology

2.8%

Industrial Technology

2.3%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.1%

Electrical Engineering

1.9%

Project Management

1.8%

Management

1.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.2%

Civil Engineering

1.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.1%

Education

1.0%

General Studies

0.9%

Manufacturing Engineering

0.9%

Architecture

0.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

32.2%

Other

25.2%

Associate

22.3%

Masters

12.5%

Certificate

5.3%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.1%
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Real Senior Mechanical Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Design Engineer, Mechanics Nokia USA Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 09, 2016 $156,991
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Baidu USA LLC Sunnyvale, CA Jun 27, 2016 $150,000
Senior Design Engineer, Mechanics Nokia USA Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Apr 09, 2016 $132,376
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Dec 28, 2015 $130,000 -
$140,000
Senior Design Engineer, Mechanics Nokia USA Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Mar 31, 2016 $128,520
Senior Design Engineer, Mechanics Nokia USA Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 27, 2015 $128,500
SR. Mechanical Engineers-Equip. Design (Mult. Openings) Bayer Materialscience LLC Baytown, TX Jan 06, 2016 $126,381
SR. Mechanical Design Engineer Ut-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Oak Ridge, TN Mar 25, 2016 $125,823
SR. Mechanical Design Engineer-Propulsion Systems Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jan 05, 2015 $120,000 -
$135,000
SR. Mechanical Design Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Sparks, NV Aug 17, 2016 $117,000 -
$127,000
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Tesla Motorsinc Palo Alto, CA Nov 25, 2015 $116,000
Senior Mechanical Engineer, Rotating Equipment Design Energy Recovery, Inc. San Leandro, CA Aug 01, 2015 $115,000
SR. Mechanical Design Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 01, 2015 $115,000 -
$125,000
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Fluidic, Inc. Scottsdale, AZ Jan 08, 2016 $115,000
Senior Cell Mechanical Design Engineer A123 Systems, LLC Livonia, MI Sep 21, 2016 $98,783 -
$131,674
Senior Cell Mechanical Design Engineer A123 Systems LLC Livonia, MI Mar 28, 2016 $98,783 -
$131,674
SR. Mechanical Design Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jan 10, 2016 $98,000 -
$108,000
SR. Mechanical Design Engineer Medtronic, Inc. Mounds View, MN Sep 01, 2015 $97,000
SR. Mechanical Design Engineer Medtronic, Inc. Mounds View, MN Aug 31, 2016 $97,000
SR. Mechanical Design Engineer Medtronic, Inc. Brooklyn Park, MN Jun 05, 2016 $95,680
SR. Mechanical Design Engineer Medtronic, Inc. Mounds View, MN Sep 16, 2015 $95,014 -
$96,194
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Harman International Industries Inc. Novi, MI Sep 18, 2015 $95,000
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer ASCO Power Technologies, L.P. Florham Park, NJ Jan 05, 2015 $78,603 -
$98,130
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer ASCO Power Technologies, L.P. Florham Park, NJ May 01, 2015 $78,603 -
$98,130
SR. Design Engineer-Mechanical Stryker Instruments, A Division of Stryker Corporation Kalamazoo, MI Aug 19, 2015 $78,000
Senior Design Engineer-Mechanical Racar Engineering LLC Auburn Hills, MI Sep 09, 2016 $78,000
SR. Mechanical Design Engineer Pentair Filtration Solutions, LLC Conroe, TX Jan 19, 2016 $77,085
SR. Mechanical Design Engineer LHP Software, LLC Columbus, IN Aug 24, 2016 $76,232
Senior Design Engineer-Mechanical Racar Engineering LLC Auburn Hills, MI Sep 09, 2016 $76,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Mechanical Designer

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Top Senior Mechanical Designer Skills

  1. CAD
  2. Solid Models
  3. New Product Development
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed castings, weldments, machined parts using Pro/Engineer Cad
  • Researched assignments and developed complex mechanical designs including development of associated three dimensional solid models and manufacturing drawings.
  • Received three (3) patent awards for new product development.
  • Designed electronic defense counter measure devices for aircraft, created design layouts, part design and detail drawings.
  • Collaborate with engineers, team players; implementing of new concepts to modification of existing parts.

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