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Working As A Senior Product 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

  • $99,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Product 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 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 Engineer Career Paths

Senior Product Engineer
Engineering Manager Operations Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Project Manager Quality Manager
Supplier Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Test Engineer
Test Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Engineering Director Research And Development Director
Vice President Of Research And Development
13 Yearsyrs
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Supervisor Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Engineering Group Leader Senior Design Engineer
Senior Engineering Team Leader
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Product Development Engineer
Lead Product Developer
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Engineer Lead Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Engineer Research And Development Senior Engineer
Research And Development Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Product Engineer 3.5 years
Top Careers Before Senior Product Engineer
Engineer 4.9%
Top Careers After Senior Product Engineer
Consultant 4.5%
Manager 4.0%

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Average Yearly Salary
$99,000
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$78,000
Min 10%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$126,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
Mountain View, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
4.3 years
How much does a Senior Product Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Product Engineer in the United States is $99,725 per year or $48 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $78,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $126,000.

Real Senior Product Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Product Security Engineer Medallia, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jul 25, 2016 $190,000
Senior Product Security Engineer Salesforce.com, Inc. San Mateo, CA Aug 15, 2015 $162,000
Senior Product Security Engineer Salesforce.com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 09, 2015 $154,000
Senior Product Engineer Cadence Design Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 15, 2016 $152,131 -
$206,700
Senior Product Security Engineer Salesforce.com San Francisco, CA Jan 10, 2015 $152,000
Senior Product Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 09, 2015 $150,980
Senior Product Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Mar 02, 2015 $150,000
SR. Product Engineer Pinterest, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 04, 2016 $147,500
Senior Product Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 07, 2016 $147,300
Senior Product Engineer Nimble Storage, Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 07, 2016 $146,000 -
$166,000
Senior Product Engineer Deloitte Consulting LLP Atlanta, GA Feb 23, 2015 $140,000
Senior Product Engineer, Analytics & Business Intelligence Glassdoor, Inc. Mill Valley, CA Sep 26, 2016 $138,500
Senior Product Engineer ASML Us, Inc. San Jose, CA May 19, 2016 $138,403
Engineer, SR Staff-Product Applications Broadcom Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jul 27, 2015 $138,403 -
$166,300
SR. Engineer, Product Applications Ikanos Communication Fremont, CA Aug 12, 2015 $105,976
Engineer, SR. Staff-Product Applications Broadcom Corporation San Jose, CA Aug 01, 2015 $105,620 -
$166,300
Senior Product Engineer Cadence Design Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 03, 2015 $105,394 -
$125,394
Senior 1, Senior Product Engineer, Product & Solutions, Convergehealth Product Development Deloitte Consulting LLP Charlotte, NC Nov 22, 2016 $105,249 -
$164,300
SR. Product Engineer Invensense, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 25, 2015 $105,034
Senior Product Software Engineer Advanced Health Media, LLC Chesapeake, VA Mar 07, 2015 $105,000
SR. Product Engineer Phoenix Deventures Morgan Hill, CA Jan 29, 2016 $105,000
SR. Product Engineer, Service Engineering Tesla Motorsinc Fremont, CA Apr 22, 2015 $95,000
Senior Product Engineer Deloitte Consulting LLP Atlanta, GA Sep 13, 2016 $95,000 -
$110,000
SR. Product Engineer-Software TRW Automotive, Inc. Farmington Hills, MI Jan 05, 2015 $95,000
Senior Product Engineer Deere and Company East Moline, IL Jun 06, 2016 $95,000 -
$105,000
Senior Product Engineer-Software TRW Automotive Inc. Farmington Hills, MI May 26, 2016 $95,000
Senior Engineer, Automotive Product Applications Arcelormittal USA LLC East Chicago, IN Aug 03, 2015 $95,000
Senior Product Engineer Harman Connected Services, Inc. Plano, TX Sep 15, 2016 $95,000 -
$125,000
Senior Product Engineer-Component TRW Automotive, Inc. Farmington Hills, MI Sep 18, 2016 $95,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Product Engineer

  1. New Product Development
  2. Cost Savings
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  • Develop and implement initiatives for efficiency improvement of the engineering and new product development processes.
  • Received Cost Savings Award for extraordinary effort in support of Cost Reduction Activities for Electronic Steering for savings of $525K.
  • Develop specifications and test plans and drive progress of development projects using a stage-gate methodology according to IEEE 1018 specification.
  • Key Contributions: * Development of Manual and Automated test cases by decomposing use cases for specific functional requirements.
  • Maintained implementations of product qualification with FMEA guidelines JEDEC compliance, automotive spec Q-100 reliability standards.

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  4. Colorado
  5. Idaho
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  7. Arizona
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Senior Product Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

79.6%

Female

10.7%

Unknown

9.7%
Ethnicity

White

53.5%

Asian

19.6%

Hispanic or Latino

13.3%

Black or African American

8.8%

Unknown

4.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.0%

Chinese

10.4%

Mandarin

10.4%

German

8.3%

Japanese

7.3%

French

7.3%

Carrier

5.2%

Korean

5.2%

Italian

5.2%

Russian

3.1%

Cantonese

2.1%

Hindi

2.1%

Urdu

1.0%

Dutch

1.0%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Malay

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Arabic

1.0%

Gujarati

1.0%

Ukrainian

1.0%
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Senior Product Engineer Education

Schools

Purdue University

8.8%

San Jose State University

7.3%

University of Phoenix

7.0%

Wayne State University

6.7%

University of Texas at Austin

6.2%

Arizona State University

5.7%

Western Michigan University

5.4%

Santa Clara University

4.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.7%

Pennsylvania State University

4.4%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.4%

Northeastern University

4.4%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.1%

Michigan Technological University

3.9%

Lawrence Technological University

3.9%

Texas A&M University

3.6%

University of California - Davis

3.4%

University of California - Berkeley

3.1%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.1%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

26.7%

Mechanical Engineering

23.0%

Business

13.6%

Computer Science

3.3%

Engineering

3.0%

Computer Engineering

2.6%

Industrial Engineering

2.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.4%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.4%

Industrial Technology

2.4%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.4%

Project Management

2.3%

Management

2.1%

Finance

2.1%

Physics

1.9%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.7%

Computer Information Systems

1.6%

Chemical Engineering

1.5%

Engineering Technology

1.3%

Chemistry

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.0%

Masters

37.1%

Other

8.7%

Doctorate

4.6%

Associate

3.6%

Certificate

2.3%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.0%
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