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Working As A Senior Mechanical Project Engineer

  • 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

  • $92,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Mechanical Project Engineer 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 Project Engineer

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 Project Engineer Career Paths

Senior Mechanical Project Engineer
Senior Mechanical Engineer Project Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Quality Manager
Supplier Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Senior Applications Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Designer Lead Designer Senior Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Designer Engineering Manager Manufacturing Manager
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Designer Lead Mechanical Engineer Project Engineering Manager
Plant Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Engineering Operations Manager Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Test Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Mechanical Engineer Lead Systems Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Research And Development Manager Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Team Lead Engineer Senior Engineering Technician
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineering Manager Project Engineering Manager Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Senior Design Engineer Senior Product Development Engineer
Lead Product Developer
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Senior Design Engineer Research And Development Senior Engineer
Research And Development Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Project Engineer 3.4 years
Top Careers Before Senior Mechanical Project Engineer
Engineer 2.9%
Top Careers After Senior Mechanical Project Engineer
Engineer 2.1%

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Senior Mechanical Project Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

84.6%

Unknown

8.9%

Female

6.5%
Ethnicity

White

56.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Asian

14.4%

Black or African American

9.9%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

16.7%

Arabic

11.9%

Carrier

9.5%

Chinese

7.1%

French

7.1%

Russian

7.1%

Italian

7.1%

Mandarin

4.8%

Swedish

2.4%

German

2.4%

Vietnamese

2.4%

Ukrainian

2.4%

Czech

2.4%

Persian

2.4%

Japanese

2.4%

Hindi

2.4%

Hebrew

2.4%

Cantonese

2.4%

Tibetan

2.4%

Mongolian

2.4%
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Senior Mechanical Project Engineer Education

Schools

Arizona State University

6.9%

Pennsylvania State University

5.9%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

5.9%

Northeastern University

5.9%

Purdue University

5.9%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

5.9%

Boston University

5.0%

Brigham Young University

5.0%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

5.0%

University of California - Berkeley

5.0%

University of Texas at El Paso

5.0%

University of Arizona

5.0%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

5.0%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

5.0%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

4.0%

Michigan Technological University

4.0%

Texas Tech University

4.0%

University of Central Florida

4.0%

Michigan State University

4.0%

Drexel University

4.0%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

63.7%

Business

7.5%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

4.4%

Engineering

4.0%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.1%

Project Management

2.7%

Management

2.4%

Industrial Technology

1.8%

Engineering Mechanics

1.3%

Civil Engineering

1.3%

Electrical Engineering

1.3%

Manufacturing Engineering

0.9%

Aerospace Engineering

0.9%

Systems Engineering

0.7%

Drafting And Design

0.7%

Biomedical Engineering

0.7%

Materials Sciences

0.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

0.7%

Industrial Engineering

0.7%

Education

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.1%

Masters

28.8%

Other

9.7%

Certificate

4.1%

Associate

1.8%

Doctorate

1.8%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
$92,000
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$71,000
Min 10%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
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Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Wynright
Highest Paying City
Sunnyvale, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
4.5 years
How much does a Senior Mechanical Project Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Mechanical Project Engineer in the United States is $92,472 per year or $44 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $71,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $120,000.

Real Senior Mechanical Project Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Mechanical Senior Project Engineer HNTB Corporation Bellevue, WA Sep 12, 2013 $144,768
Senior Mechanical Engineer/Project Manager Zentech Technical Services, Inc. Houston, TX May 07, 2014 $132,995
Senior Mechanical Engineer/Project Manager Zentech Technical Services, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2012 $120,640
SR. Project Engineer-Mechanical Snap-On Incorporated Kenosha, WI Jul 11, 2016 $110,500
SR. Mechanical Engineer-Project Manager Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Oct 01, 2014 $108,000 -
$120,000
Senior Mechanical Project Engineer Fletcher-Thompson, Inc. Bridgeport, CT Jul 11, 2016 $104,835 -
$130,000
Senior Mechanical Project Engineer Thompson Metal FAB Inc. Vancouver, WA Feb 01, 2015 $104,000
Senior Mechanical Engineer In Charge of Special Projects SDMO Generating Sets, Inc. Miramar, FL Sep 04, 2015 $100,000
Senior Mechanical Engineer-Project Manager Thomas Polise Consulting Engineer, P.C. New York, NY Nov 09, 2016 $100,000
Senior Mechanical Project Engineer CFR Engines, Inc. Pewaukee, WI Dec 12, 2016 $95,000
Senior Project Engineer, Mechanical Department Glumac Los Angeles, CA Feb 06, 2012 $95,000
Senior Mechanical Project Engineer Thompson Metal Fab, Inc. Vancouver, WA Jun 07, 2016 $92,685
SR. Project Engineer, Mechanical and Commissioning Fletcher-Thompson, Inc. Shelton, CT Aug 21, 2009 $82,710 -
$114,000
Senior Project Engineer-Mechanical Stryker Instruments, A Division of Stryker Corp. Kalamazoo, MI Nov 02, 2012 $81,600
Senior Mechanical Project Engineer Klikok Corporation Decatur, GA Oct 01, 2011 $79,000 -
$87,000
Senior Mechanical Project Engineer Kohler Company Mosel, WI Sep 12, 2015 $74,400
SR. Project Engineer-Mechanical Racar International D/E LLC Dublin, OH Jun 18, 2015 $73,000
Senior Project Engineer-Mechanical Racar INTL D/E LLC Marysville, OH Sep 09, 2016 $72,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Mechanical Project Engineer

  1. Project Management
  2. Engineering Department
  3. CAD
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  • Project management and engineering for capital projects involving automation of pharmaceutical production equipment and retrofitting existing equipment with new control systems.
  • Authored Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for all drawings submitted by the mechanical engineering department.
  • Instructed AutoCAD from elementary to advanced level.
  • Led design, analysis and simulation of mechanical equipment to ensure performance and reliability under a variety of operating conditions.
  • Review designed, Implemented and Monitored Facility Load Calculation HVAC with equipment requirements.

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