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Become A Senior Mechanical Designer

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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

A Senior Mechanical Designer is responsible for creating effective mechanical designs for their company and developing mechanical concepts in accordance with project requirements. They assist the engineering manager in coaching other mechanical engineers to develop design skills.

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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Real Senior Mechanical Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Barnes & Noble.Com Palo Alto, CA Oct 11, 2013 $152,100
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA May 01, 2013 $150,000 -
$170,000
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Baidu USA LLC Sunnyvale, CA Jun 27, 2016 $150,000
SR. Mechanical Design Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 12, 2013 $140,000 -
$165,000
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer C&J Spec-Rent Services, Inc. Houston, TX May 27, 2014 $135,000
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer C&J Spec-Rent Services, Inc. Houston, TX May 08, 2014 $135,000
SR. Mechanical Design Engineer The Subsea Company, Inc. Houston, TX May 22, 2012 $135,000
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Dec 28, 2015 $130,000 -
$140,000
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
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer SBM Offshore USA, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 02, 2014 $118,414 -
$124,000
SR. Mechanical Design Engineer Lasertel, Inc. Tucson, AZ Jan 07, 2011 $103,979
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jan 19, 2015 $103,134 -
$148,015
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Concepts ETI, Inc. White River Junction, VT Nov 22, 2011 $103,106
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Essai, Inc. Fremont, CA Jun 01, 2014 $103,000 -
$113,000
SR. Mechanical Design Engineer Medtronic, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Feb 20, 2016 $102,358
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Volta LLC Houston, TX Jun 15, 2012 $102,000
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer-Korean Accounts Harman/Becker Automotive Systems Novi, MI Oct 27, 2015 $100,610
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Medtronic, Inc. Mounds View, MN Sep 15, 2012 $90,646
Senior Lighting Mechanical Design Engineer SL America Corporation Sterling Heights, MI Sep 28, 2015 $90,584
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Spallinger Millwright Service Company Lima, OH Aug 18, 2014 $90,000
SR. Mechanical Design Engineer Cameron International Corporation Industry, CA Aug 19, 2011 $89,586 -
$90,000
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Cymer, Inc. San Diego, CA Apr 12, 2013 $88,795 -
$117,300
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Harman Becker Automotive Systems, Inc. Novi, MI Jul 01, 2015 $88,188
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Harman Becker Automotive Systems, Inc. Novi, MI Nov 03, 2011 $88,188

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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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