A senior product engineer is a mechanical engineer who specializes in designing products and their corresponding manufacturing processes. They are also responsible for transitioning the product from design to manufacturing at scale. Virtually every industry that involves manufacturing products for sale employs a senior product engineers. Their work environment is typically on-site at a manufacturing plant or in the corporate office working on designs and meeting with stakeholders.
The duties that they perform in this capacity include managing the design of products and processes, creating and testing product prototypes, selecting materials for product manufacturing, collaborating with product development teams, and ensuring manufacturing is up to specifications and safety standards. A bachelor's degree in engineering, typically with an emphasis in a specific field such as mechanical or electrical engineering, is required for senior product engineers. As this is a supervisory position, extensive experience in the field is necessary. This usually includes at least three to five years in the specific manufacturing area.
The average hourly salary for this position is $48.61, which equates to $101,100 annually. The career is projected to grow and create new opportunities across the United States.