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Working As A Senior Product Design 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

  • $95,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Product Design 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 Product Design 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 Product Design Engineer Career Paths

Senior Product Design Engineer
Senior Design Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Project Manager Quality Manager
Supplier Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Senior Applications Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Engineer Lead Engineer Engineering Supervisor
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Senior Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Construction Manager Design Manager
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Product Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Test Engineer
Test Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Product Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Project Lead Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Lead Engineer Senior Engineering Technician
Engineering Laboratory Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineering Supervisor Senior Process Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Supervisor Senior Systems Engineer Senior Storage Engineer
Senior Engineering Team Leader
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Product Engineer 3.5 years
Design Engineer 3.4 years
Top Careers Before Senior Product Design Engineer
Designer 2.0%
Top Careers After Senior Product Design Engineer
Engineer 3.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$95,000
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$72,000
Min 10%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$125,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
Rohnert Park, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
4.8 years
How much does a Senior Product Design Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Product Design Engineer in the United States is $95,446 per year or $46 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $72,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $125,000.

Real Senior Product Design Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Product Design ENG SR Director Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 09, 2016 $390,000 -
$410,000
SR. Product Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 03, 2014 $144,500 -
$161,700
Senior Design Engineer for Frequency Synthesis, MCU and Radio Products Silicon Laboratories Inc. Austin, TX Oct 22, 2015 $142,675
Senior Product Design Engineer Orchard Enterprises Ny, Inc. New York, NY Aug 17, 2015 $134,909 -
$140,000
SR. Thermal and Product Design Engineer Netgear, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 21, 2013 $133,000
SR. Product Design Engineer Netgear, Inc. San Jose, CA May 20, 2016 $129,438 -
$150,000
SR. Design Engineer MCU Products With Embedded Radio Silicon Laboratories Inc. Austin, TX May 27, 2015 $127,679
Senior Product Design Engineer Palm, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 25, 2010 $125,408
Senior Product Design Engineer PMC-Sierra Us, Inc. Roseville, CA Jan 30, 2012 $125,000 -
$145,000
Senior Managed Memory Product Design Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Boise, ID Nov 26, 2015 $122,847
SR. Product Design Engineer Netgear, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 15, 2014 $122,000
SR. Product Design Engineer Citrix Systems, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 27, 2012 $118,000 -
$128,000
Senior Product Design and Development Engineer Freedom Innovation LLC Gunnison, UT Sep 30, 2010 $107,132
SR. Product Design Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA May 27, 2014 $99,500
SR. Product Design Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Oct 19, 2013 $99,500
SR. Product Design Engineer Engineered Controls International, LLC Elon, NC Dec 19, 2016 $98,000
SR. Product Design Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Sep 03, 2014 $97,386 -
$110,000
Senior Staff Product Design Engineer Continental Automotive Systems Holding Us, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Aug 15, 2014 $96,827 -
$120,478
Senior Staff Product Design Engineer Continental Automotive Systems, Inc. Newport News, VA Sep 08, 2016 $96,554 -
$119,104
Senior Staff Product Design Engineer Continental Automotive Systems, Inc. Newport News, VA Sep 14, 2016 $96,554 -
$119,104
Senior Product Design Engineer Deepset, LLC San Clemente, CA Mar 19, 2014 $90,000
Product Design Engineer, SR. Honeywell International Inc. Phoenix, AZ Sep 01, 2014 $90,000
SR. Product Design Engineer Magna Seating, A Division of Magna International Novi, MI Jul 17, 2011 $89,853
SR. Product Design Engineer Magna Seating, A Division of Magna Seating Int'l Novi, MI Jul 17, 2011 $89,000
Senior Staff Product Design Engineer Continental Tire The Americas, LLC Auburn Hills, MI Aug 16, 2015 $88,695 -
$126,504
Senior Product Design Engineer Continental Automotive Systems, Inc. Newport News, VA Sep 28, 2014 $87,544 -
$95,068
Senior Product Design Engineer Ivory Tech System, Inc. Portland, ME Aug 24, 2010 $87,500
Senior Product Design Engineer Continental Automotive Systems, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Dec 16, 2016 $86,184 -
$86,572

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Top Skills for A Senior Product Design Engineer

  1. CAD
  2. New Product Development
  3. Prototype
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintain and distribute all engineering drawings utilizing Auto-CAD (ACAD) and engineering changes to various departments, including Quality Control.
  • Coordinated with Manufacturing the delivery of product enclosures and packaging on the critical path of the new product development cycle.
  • Assembled and tested prototypes to assure durability and reliability.
  • Restructured Engineering department, improving design, documentation & performance while minimizing staff & reducing overhead.
  • Work with tooling engineers and metal stamping facility to bring outsourced components in-house for cost savings.

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  6. California
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Senior Product Design Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

81.3%

Unknown

10.3%

Female

8.4%
Ethnicity

White

60.2%

Asian

14.8%

Hispanic or Latino

11.1%

Black or African American

8.9%

Unknown

4.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Chinese

21.1%

Mandarin

21.1%

German

15.8%

Spanish

10.5%

Polish

10.5%

Japanese

5.3%

French

5.3%

Russian

5.3%

Cantonese

5.3%
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Senior Product Design Engineer Education

Schools

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

8.2%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

8.2%

Purdue University

8.2%

Wayne State University

7.1%

Kettering University

5.1%

Ohio State University

5.1%

University of Wisconsin Extension

5.1%

Pennsylvania State University

5.1%

University of Chicago

5.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.1%

Ferris State University

4.1%

University of Michigan - Dearborn

4.1%

University of Houston

4.1%

Lawrence Technological University

4.1%

Case Western Reserve University

4.1%

Morehead State University

4.1%

University of Washington

4.1%

University of Texas at Austin

4.1%

Michigan Technological University

3.1%

Eastern Michigan University

3.1%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

36.4%

Electrical Engineering

12.4%

Business

8.0%

Drafting And Design

5.0%

Graphic Design

4.7%

Industrial Technology

4.4%

Engineering

3.9%

Management

3.3%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.0%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.5%

Industrial Engineering

2.5%

Finance

1.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.9%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.7%

Project Management

1.7%

Engineering Technology

1.7%

Computer Science

1.4%

Aerospace Engineering

1.4%

Physics

1.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.5%

Masters

30.6%

Other

11.1%

Associate

5.8%

Doctorate

3.5%

Certificate

1.6%

Diploma

0.9%
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