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Working As A Simulation Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $86,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Simulation Engineer Do

Aerospace engineers design primarily aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, and missiles. In addition, they test prototypes to make sure that they function according to design.

Duties

Aerospace engineers typically do the following:

  • Direct and coordinate the design, manufacture, and testing of aircraft and aerospace products
  • Assess proposals for projects to determine if they are technically and financially feasible
  • Determine if proposed projects will result in safe aircraft and parts
  • Evaluate designs to see that the products meet engineering principles, customer requirements, and environmental challenges
  • Develop acceptance criteria for design methods, quality standards, sustainment after delivery, and completion dates
  • Ensure that projects meet quality standards
  • Inspect malfunctioning or damaged products to identify sources of problems and possible solutions

Aerospace engineers may develop new technologies for use in aviation, defense systems, and spacecraft. They often specialize in areas such as aerodynamic fluid flow; structural design; guidance, navigation, and control; instrumentation and communication; robotics; and propulsion and combustion.

Aerospace engineers can specialize in designing different types of aerospace products, such as commercial and military airplanes and helicopters; remotely piloted aircraft and rotorcraft; spacecraft, including launch vehicles and satellites; and military missiles and rockets.

Aerospace engineers often become experts in one or more related fields: aerodynamics, thermodynamics, celestial mechanics, flight mechanics, propulsion, acoustics, and guidance and control systems.

Aerospace engineers typically specialize in one of two types of engineering: aeronautical or astronautical.

Aeronautical engineers work with aircraft. They are involved primarily in designing aircraft and propulsion systems and in studying the aerodynamic performance of aircraft and construction materials. They work with the theory, technology, and practice of flight within the earth’s atmosphere.

Astronautical engineers work with the science and technology of spacecraft and how they perform inside and outside the earth’s atmosphere.

Aeronautical and astronautical engineers face different environmental and operational issues in designing aircraft and spacecraft. However, the two fields overlap a great deal because they both depend on the basic principles of physics.

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How To Become A Simulation Engineer

Aerospace engineers must have a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering or another field of engineering or science related to aerospace systems. Aerospace engineers who work on projects that are related to national defense may need a security clearance. U.S. citizenship may be required for certain types and levels of clearances.

Education

Entry-level aerospace engineers usually need a bachelor’s degree. High school students interested in studying aerospace engineering should take courses in chemistry, physics, and math, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus.

Bachelor’s degree programs include classroom, laboratory, and field studies in subjects such as general engineering principles, propulsion, stability and control, structures, mechanics, and aerodynamics, which is the study of how air interacts with moving objects.

Some colleges and universities offer cooperative programs in partnership with regional businesses, which give students practical experience while they complete their education. Cooperative programs and internships enable students to gain valuable experience and to finance part of their education.

At some universities, a student can enroll in a 5-year program that leads to both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree upon completion. A graduate degree will allow an engineer to work as an instructor at a university or to do research and development. Programs in aerospace engineering are accredited by ABET.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Aerospace engineers must be able to identify design elements that may not meet requirements and then must formulate alternatives to improve the performance of those elements.

Business skills. Much of the work done by aerospace engineers involves meeting federal government standards. Meeting these standards often requires knowledge of standard business practices, as well as knowledge of commercial law.

Critical-thinking skills. Aerospace engineers must be able to translate a set of issues into requirements and to figure out why a particular design does not work. They must be able to ask the right question, then find an acceptable answer.

Math skills. Aerospace engineers use the principles of calculus, trigonometry, and other advanced topics in math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Problem-solving skills. Aerospace engineers use their education and experience to upgrade designs and troubleshoot problems when meeting new demands for aircraft, such as increased fuel efficiency or improved safety.

Writing skills. Aerospace engineers must be able both to write papers that explain their designs clearly and to create documentation for future reference.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as an aerospace 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.

Advancement

Eventually, aerospace engineers may advance to become technical specialists or to supervise a team of engineers and technicians. Some may even become engineering managers or move into executive positions, such as program managers.

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Simulation Engineer Career Paths

Simulation Engineer
Systems Engineer Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Engineer Design Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Reservoir Engineer Senior Staff Engineer Senior Project Manager
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Reservoir Engineer Senior Staff Engineer Senior Engineering Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Reservoir Engineer Senior Staff Engineer Principal Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Team Leader Maintenance Supervisor
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Technician Specialist Senior System Administrator
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Project Manager Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Quality Assurance Lead Quality Assurance Supervisor
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Lead Engineer Lead Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Engineer Senior Test Engineer
Test Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Architect Computer Aided Design Designer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Engineer Project Lead Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Contracting Engineer Structures Engineer
Stress Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Systems Analyst Senior Technical Consultant
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Simulation Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

70.6%

Female

15.2%

Unknown

14.2%
Ethnicity

White

52.7%

Asian

18.3%

Hispanic or Latino

11.9%

Black or African American

10.5%

Unknown

6.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

23.1%

French

15.4%

Chinese

11.5%

German

11.5%

Japanese

7.7%

Mandarin

7.7%

Hungarian

3.8%

Czech

3.8%

Carrier

3.8%

Korean

3.8%

Thai

3.8%

Italian

3.8%
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Simulation Engineer Education

Schools

University of Central Florida

9.2%

University of Florida

7.6%

Purdue University

7.6%

George Mason University

6.9%

Wayne State University

6.1%

Texas A&M University

6.1%

University of Texas at Austin

6.1%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

5.3%

University of Michigan - Dearborn

4.6%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.6%

Oakland University

3.8%

Lamar University

3.8%

University of Phoenix

3.8%

Clemson University

3.8%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

3.8%

Auburn University

3.8%

Cleveland State University

3.8%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.1%

Michigan Technological University

3.1%

Air Force Institute of Technology

3.1%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

22.0%

Electrical Engineering

14.0%

Chemical Engineering

8.0%

Aerospace Engineering

7.8%

Computer Science

6.4%

Petroleum Engineering

5.1%

Business

4.9%

Computer Engineering

4.2%

Systems Engineering

3.8%

Engineering

3.8%

Industrial Engineering

3.5%

Physics

3.1%

Industrial Technology

2.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.0%

Mathematics

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.8%

Drafting And Design

1.6%

Computer Information Systems

1.3%

Finance

1.3%

Education

1.3%
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Degrees

Masters

43.7%

Bachelors

34.8%

Doctorate

8.9%

Other

7.6%

Associate

3.4%

Certificate

1.2%

License

0.2%

Diploma

0.2%
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Best Paying Company
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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 Simulation Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Simulation Engineer in the United States is $86,469 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $61,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $121,000.

Real Simulation Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Simulation Engineer Netpolarity, Inc. Foster City, CA Sep 10, 2015 $170,091
Reservoir Simulation Engineer Computer Modelling Group, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 12, 2015 $163,488
Reservoir Simulation Engineer Nitec LLC Denver, CO Aug 11, 2015 $160,930
Petroleum Simulation Engineer LLOG Exploration Company, LLC Covington, LA Jan 09, 2016 $160,000
Lead Reservoir Simulation Engineer Chevron Corporation Houston, TX Aug 31, 2015 $156,400
EMC Architecture Simulation Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 28, 2015 $149,100 -
$169,100
Reservoir Simulation Engineer Chevron Corporation Houston, TX Jun 08, 2016 $140,100
Simulation Engineer Chevron Corporation Houston, TX Jan 03, 2016 $133,200
Senior Reservoir Simulation Engineer Chevron Corporation Houston, TX Jan 09, 2016 $131,300
Reservoir Simulation Engineer Chevron Corporation Houston, TX Jul 15, 2015 $129,022
SR. Reservoir Simulation Engineer Nitec LLC Denver, CO Feb 11, 2015 $128,814
Unisim Dynamic Simulation Engineer Honeywell International, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 09, 2016 $127,504
Reservoir Simulation Engineer Nitec LLC Denver, CO Jan 08, 2016 $127,046
SR Dimensional Tolerance and Variation Simulation Engineer FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Oct 19, 2015 $98,040
Modeling and Simulation Engineer The Procter & Gamble Company Olde West Chester, OH Sep 14, 2016 $97,522 -
$121,800
Simulation Engineer Tata Technologies, Inc. Novi, MI Nov 14, 2016 $95,992
Engine Combustion Simulation Engineer FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Feb 09, 2016 $95,217
Simulation Engineer BNP Associates, Inc. Grand Prairie, TX Jun 20, 2016 $95,000
Senior Simulator Engineer Federal Express Corporation Memphis, TN Jul 21, 2015 $94,488 -
$102,156
Simulation Engineer Pratt & Miller Engineering & Fabrication, Inc. Huntersville, NC Aug 01, 2015 $94,000
Aerothermal System Simulation Engineer KCM Technical, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Sep 17, 2016 $93,936
Simulation Engineer EASI LLC Redford, MI Sep 06, 2015 $84,989
Aerospace Systems Modeling and Simulation Engineer The Boeing Company Huntsville, AL May 08, 2015 $84,869 -
$119,000
Simulation Engineer Hanbon-Mi II, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Dec 14, 2015 $82,520
Powertrain Simulation Engineer FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Jan 12, 2016 $82,500
Battery Simulation Engineer A123 Systems LLC Livonia, MI Oct 09, 2016 $82,000 -
$102,716
Process Simulation & Optimization Engineer Belcan Engineering Group, Inc. Champaign, IL Aug 20, 2016 $81,727
Multibody Simulation Engineer Rivian Automotive LLC Livonia, MI Sep 28, 2016 $81,500
Simulation Engineer General Advantage Technical Services, Inc. Dearborn, MI Aug 15, 2016 $81,476

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Top Skills for A Simulation Engineer

  1. Simulink
  2. Matlab
  3. Simulation Models
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  • Integrated a Lockheed developed discrimination model (SIMULINK generated C++ code) into the simulation to provide additional fidelity.
  • Created and maintained MATLAB scripts to perform automated analysis of field data from over 40 different engines and platforms.
  • Developed discrete event simulation models for lean manufacturing assessments and continuous flow implementation teams.
  • Flight code was rehosted to Sun Enterprise system(UNIX) with a simulation of the actual flight computer hardware.
  • Provide engineering expertise to customers to resolve technical issues identified during the development, qualification and operation of their flight simulators.

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