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Working As A Senior 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

  • $93,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 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 Project Engineer Career Paths

Senior Project Engineer
Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Senior Systems Engineer Senior Applications Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Product Engineer 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
Engineering Manager Product Development Manager Research And Development Director
Vice President Of Research And Development
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Engineering Manager
Plant Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Designer Lead Designer Senior Design Engineer
Senior Engineering Team Leader
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Product Engineer Senior Engineer Project Lead Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Unit Manager Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Project Management Lead Document Control Manager
Engineering Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Senior Engineering Technician
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Designer Senior Development Engineer Senior Product Development Engineer
Lead Product Developer
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
Project Engineer 3.4 years
Top Careers Before Senior Project Engineer
Internship 6.8%
Engineer 5.2%
Volunteer 2.0%
Top Careers After Senior Project Engineer
Internship 4.8%
Consultant 4.1%
Engineer 4.0%
Manager 3.2%

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Senior Project Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

75.0%

Female

15.3%

Unknown

9.7%
Ethnicity

White

56.3%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Asian

14.2%

Black or African American

9.8%

Unknown

5.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.5%

French

9.6%

Chinese

6.5%

Mandarin

5.8%

Japanese

5.2%

Arabic

5.0%

German

4.6%

Russian

4.1%

Italian

4.1%

Portuguese

3.6%

Carrier

3.3%

Hindi

2.6%

Cantonese

2.2%

Korean

1.4%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Ukrainian

0.9%

Urdu

0.9%

Polish

0.7%

Cherokee

0.5%

Romanian

0.5%
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Senior Project Engineer Education

Schools

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

9.3%

Purdue University

8.7%

Pennsylvania State University

7.6%

Texas A&M University

6.0%

University of Phoenix

5.0%

Arizona State University

5.0%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.9%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

4.5%

Ohio State University

4.4%

University of Houston

4.4%

San Jose State University

4.3%

Northeastern University

4.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.1%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.0%

Drexel University

4.0%

Michigan State University

3.8%

Wayne State University

3.8%

Michigan Technological University

3.6%

University of Cincinnati

3.6%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

25.9%

Electrical Engineering

13.7%

Business

10.9%

Civil Engineering

8.5%

Computer Science

4.7%

Chemical Engineering

4.6%

Engineering

3.9%

Industrial Engineering

3.0%

Management

2.9%

Computer Engineering

2.8%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.5%

Project Management

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.2%

Industrial Technology

2.0%

Biomedical Engineering

2.0%

Construction Management

1.9%

Finance

1.8%

Computer Information Systems

1.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.5%

Aerospace Engineering

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

56.6%

Masters

26.0%

Other

9.8%

Doctorate

2.8%

Associate

2.2%

Certificate

1.9%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.0%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Senior Project Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Project Engineer in the United States is $93,535 per year or $45 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $72,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $120,000.

Real Senior Project Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Project Engineer Worleyparsons Group, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 22, 2015 $182,000
Senior Project Engineer HNTB Corporation Bellevue, WA Dec 03, 2016 $169,130
Senior Project Engineer (Risk & Safety) Environmental Resources Management Southwest, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 20, 2016 $165,000
Project Engineer Senior Staff Lockheed Martin Operations Support, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Mar 12, 2015 $164,258
Project Engineer Senior Staff Lockheed Martin Operations Support, Inc. Portland, OR Sep 21, 2015 $164,258
Senior Project Engineer Skanska USA Building Inc. New York, NY Jan 10, 2016 $163,125
Project Engineer Senior Staff Lockheed Martin Operations Support, Inc. Portland, OR Sep 01, 2016 $159,600
Project Engineer Senior Staff Lockheed Martin Operations Support, Inc. Portland, OR Sep 21, 2015 $159,600
Senior Project Engineer Kentz USA, Inc. Germantown, MD Sep 10, 2015 $150,000
Senior Project Engineer Mansego Inc. Houston, TX Aug 10, 2015 $146,474
Senior Vessel Engineer/Project Engineer Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 13, 2016 $146,364 -
$176,256
Senior International Project Engineer-Windows R&D or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 04, 2015 $143,012 -
$163,012
Senior Project Engineer Energy Solutions International, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2015 $100,981
SR. Project Engineer OPEO Inc. Troy, MI Apr 27, 2015 $100,610
Senior Project Engineer Testek Inc. Wixom, MI Nov 19, 2015 $100,485
Senior Project Engineer Meritor Heavy Vehicle Systems, LLC Troy, MI Jun 23, 2015 $100,375
Senior Project Engineer Meritor Heavy Vehicle Systems, LLC Troy, MI Sep 01, 2015 $100,375
SR. Project Engineer Itasca Consulting Group, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Oct 01, 2015 $100,343 -
$129,394
Senior Project Engineer Baker Concrete Construction, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Sep 25, 2015 $100,000
Senior Project Engineer James Kring, Inc. Lafayette, CA Sep 18, 2015 $100,000
Senior Project Engineer Nexant, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 29, 2016 $86,840
Senior Project Engineer FEV North America, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI May 08, 2016 $86,668
Senior Project Application Engineer Invensys Systems, Inc. Webster, TX Sep 16, 2015 $86,507 -
$95,094
SR. Project Engineer Servi Fluid Power Inc., FKA Servi Houston Inc. Katy, TX Jan 29, 2016 $86,507
Senior Project Engineer Nexant, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 04, 2015 $86,507
Senior Project Engineer Sellen Construction Co., Inc. Seattle, WA Sep 30, 2015 $86,500 -
$98,750
Senior Project Mechanical Engineer Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. Coopersburg, PA Nov 16, 2015 $86,000
Senior Project Mechanical Engineer Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. Coopersburg, PA May 28, 2016 $86,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Project Engineer

  1. Project Management
  2. New Product Development
  3. Test Cases
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  • Project management scope encompassed identifying and developing clients, preparing proposals, and managing projects through to completion.
  • Innovated new product development and reverse engineering techniques in the reconstruction and/or modification of discontinued parts.
  • Used Quality center tool for uploading the Test cases and mapping the test cases to the requirement and specific Release.
  • Designed sub-assemblies, final assembly and test area for the state-of-the-art 2-Mode Hybrid Transmission manufactured in the Baltimore facility.
  • Directed and supervised CADD drafting and structural engineering personnel.

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