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Working As A Senior Stack Engineer

  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • $118,315

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Stack 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 Stack 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 Stack Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

76.5%

Female

12.9%

Unknown

10.6%
Ethnicity

White

41.5%

Asian

32.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.2%

Black or African American

7.1%

Unknown

5.3%
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Languages Spoken

French

30.0%

Spanish

30.0%

Portuguese

10.0%

German

10.0%

Russian

10.0%

Italian

10.0%
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Senior Stack Engineer Education

Schools

University of Southern California

14.8%

University of California - Berkeley

7.4%

San Jose State University

7.4%

Cornell University

7.4%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

7.4%

Syracuse University

3.7%

University of Houston

3.7%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.7%

University of Connecticut

3.7%

Salem State University

3.7%

Montclair State University

3.7%

Full Sail University

3.7%

Carnegie Mellon University

3.7%

School of Visual Arts

3.7%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.7%

University of Texas at El Paso

3.7%

Santa Clara University

3.7%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.7%

New York University

3.7%

Villanova University

3.7%
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Majors

Computer Science

39.4%

Computer Engineering

10.6%

Mechanical Engineering

7.6%

Business

7.6%

Electrical Engineering

7.6%

Information Sciences

3.0%

Mathematics

3.0%

Biology

3.0%

Drafting And Design

1.5%

Computer Information Systems

1.5%

Design And Visual Communication

1.5%

Human Computer Interaction

1.5%

Urban Planning

1.5%

Engineering Science

1.5%

Economics

1.5%

Graphic Design

1.5%

Physics

1.5%

Information Technology

1.5%

Information Systems

1.5%

Industrial Engineering

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.5%

Masters

26.5%

Other

19.1%

Doctorate

1.5%

Certificate

1.5%
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Real Senior Stack Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Full Stack Engineer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA May 11, 2015 $360,000
Senior Full Stack Engineer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Jul 13, 2015 $320,000
Senior Full Stack Engineer Netflix Los Gatos, CA Nov 19, 2015 $270,000
Senior Full Stack Engineer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Apr 27, 2015 $270,000
Senior Full Stack Engineer Netflix Los Gatos, CA Oct 24, 2016 $265,000
Senior Full Stack Engineer Invitae Corporation San Francisco, CA Aug 16, 2016 $190,000
SR. Full Stack Engineer-Original Programming Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Apr 13, 2015 $190,000
Full Stack Engineer Unity Technologies Sf San Francisco, CA Nov 28, 2016 $175,000
SR Fullstack Engineer Udacity, Inc. Mountain View, CA May 30, 2016 $170,000
SR. Full Stack Engineer-Digital Marketing Infrastructure Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Jun 12, 2016 $169,749
Senior Full Stack Engineer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Nov 30, 2015 $164,382
Senior Full Stack Engineer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Mar 09, 2016 $164,382
Full Stack Engineer Brightbytes, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 11, 2016 $136,573 -
$160,000
Full Stack Mobile Apps Engineer Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 12, 2016 $135,000
Full Stack Engineer Greenhouse Software Inc. New York, NY May 18, 2015 $135,000
Full Stack Engineer Huami, Inc. Mountain View, CA May 16, 2016 $135,000
Full Stack Engineer Symphony Commerce San Francisco, CA Jun 20, 2016 $134,638
Full Stack Engineer Airbnb, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 02, 2015 $130,000
Full Stack Engineer Appdiff, Inc. Seattle, WA Sep 12, 2016 $130,000
Senior Full Stack Engineer Tempo Automation, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 18, 2016 $118,500 -
$132,500
Ecommerce Full Stack Engineer Carrentals.Com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 22, 2016 $117,770 -
$135,000
SR. Full Stack Software Engineer Dispatchr, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 11, 2016 $117,603
Full Stack User Experience (UX) Engineer Art.Sy, Inc. New York, NY Sep 28, 2016 $116,000
Senior Level Full Stack & Devops Engineer Tripping International, Inc. Seattle, WA Nov 16, 2016 $115,900 -
$150,000
Fullstack Engineer (Software Engineer) Betterworks Systems Inc. Redwood City, CA May 07, 2016 $115,000

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  • Refactored and optimized several existing MySQL databases.
  • Designed front end and admin dashboard with bootstrap.
  • Updated user profile information stored in MongoDB database using Node and Express.

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