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Working As A Staff Mechanical 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

  • $101,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Staff Mechanical 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 Staff Mechanical 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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Staff Mechanical Engineer Career Paths

Staff Mechanical Engineer
Senior Mechanical Engineer Project Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Senior Applications Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Designer Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Designer Project Manager Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Designer Lead Designer Senior Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Principal Mechanical Engineer Mechanical Engineering Manager Project Engineering Manager
Plant Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Principal Mechanical Engineer Principal Engineer Project Engineering Manager
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Principal Mechanical Engineer Principal Engineer Senior Engineering Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Test Engineer
Test Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Project Lead Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Lead Engineer Senior Engineering Technician
Engineering Laboratory Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Senior Product Engineer Senior Product Development Engineer
Lead Product Developer
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Engineer Lead Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Senior Engineer
Research And Development Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineering Manager Project Engineering Manager Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Principal Engineer 4.9 years
Staff Engineer 4.2 years
Top Careers Before Staff Mechanical Engineer
Engineer 3.3%
Internship 2.1%
Top Careers After Staff Mechanical Engineer
Engineer 2.7%

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Staff Mechanical Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

82.2%

Unknown

9.6%

Female

8.3%
Ethnicity

White

55.8%

Asian

16.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.7%

Black or African American

9.3%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Mandarin

18.5%

Spanish

11.1%

Chinese

7.4%

German

7.4%

French

7.4%

Carrier

7.4%

Swedish

3.7%

Danish

3.7%

Hungarian

3.7%

Ukrainian

3.7%

Hebrew

3.7%

Japanese

3.7%

Norwegian

3.7%

Persian

3.7%

Italian

3.7%

Shan

3.7%

Russian

3.7%
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Staff Mechanical Engineer Education

Schools

San Jose State University

10.3%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

8.7%

Purdue University

7.1%

Santa Clara University

5.6%

University of California - Berkeley

5.6%

Stanford University

5.6%

Northeastern University

5.6%

University of Texas at Austin

5.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.8%

University of Connecticut

4.8%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.0%

Pennsylvania State University

4.0%

Texas A&M University

4.0%

San Diego State University

4.0%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4.0%

Auburn University

4.0%

Temple University

3.2%

Boston University

3.2%

University of Wisconsin Extension

3.2%

University of Central Florida

3.2%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

69.7%

Business

7.5%

Engineering

3.1%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.2%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.0%

Drafting And Design

2.0%

Aerospace Engineering

2.0%

Industrial Technology

1.5%

Electrical Engineering

1.3%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.1%

Engineering Mechanics

1.1%

Chemical Engineering

0.9%

Project Management

0.9%

Industrial Engineering

0.9%

International Business

0.7%

Engineering Technology

0.7%

Automotive Technology

0.7%

Law

0.7%

Physics

0.7%

Management

0.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.0%

Masters

30.6%

Other

9.6%

Doctorate

7.3%

Certificate

1.2%

Associate

1.0%

Diploma

0.4%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$75,000
Min 10%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
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$101,000
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$101,000
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$101,000
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Best Paying Company
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Highest Paying City
Menlo Park, CA
Highest Paying State
Maine
Avg Experience Level
5.0 years
How much does a Staff Mechanical Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Staff Mechanical Engineer in the United States is $101,205 per year or $49 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $75,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $135,000.

Real Staff Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Staff Engineer, Cell Mechanical Design Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 13, 2016 $150,000 -
$160,000
Staff Mechanical ENG, Motor Design Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 01, 2015 $130,000 -
$155,000
Staff Mechanical Engineer Becton, Dickinson and Company San Jose, CA Oct 18, 2015 $125,000
Staff Mechanical Engineer Futurewei Technologies, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jun 30, 2014 $120,000
Staff Mechanical Engineer Bruker NANO, Inc. Santa Barbara, CA Oct 31, 2014 $119,700
Staff Mechanical Engineer Cymer LLC San Diego, CA Sep 14, 2015 $113,360 -
$165,500
Senior Staff Mechanical Engineer Continental Automotive Systems, Inc. Troy, MI Jan 14, 2016 $113,000 -
$126,504
Senior Staff Mechanical Engineer Continental Automotive Systems, Inc. Troy, MI Jun 28, 2016 $111,262 -
$120,478
Staff Mechanical Engineer Avogy, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 16, 2015 $110,000 -
$140,000
Staff Mechanical Engineer Becton, Dicksinson and Company Ann Arbor, MI Mar 10, 2014 $110,000
Staff Mechanical Engineer Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Apr 16, 2016 $101,300 -
$151,900
Lead Staff Mechanical Engineer Continental Automotive Systems, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Feb 06, 2016 $99,774 -
$131,892
Staff Mechanical Engineer Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Apr 05, 2015 $99,400 -
$149,000
R&D Staff/Mechanical Engineer Ut-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Oak Ridge, TN Oct 01, 2010 $99,204
Senior Staff Mechanical Engineer Continental Automotive Systems, Inc. Deer Park, IL Aug 17, 2016 $99,000 -
$125,373
Senior Staff Mechanical Engineer Continental Automotive Systems, Inc. Troy, MI Aug 24, 2016 $98,718 -
$125,373
Senior Staff Mechanical Engineer Continental Automotive Systems Holding Us, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Aug 24, 2016 $97,724 -
$125,373
Staff Mechanical Engineer Schneider Electric USA, Inc. Olde West Chester, OH Nov 16, 2016 $96,138 -
$104,689
Staff Mechanical Engineer Otis Elevator Company Florence, SC Nov 15, 2012 $83,762 -
$92,526
Mechanical Technical Engineer (Staff Engineer 2) USG Corporation Chicago, IL Mar 16, 2016 $83,700 -
$95,513
Staff Engineer-Mechanical Stryker Corporation Kalamazoo, MI Sep 12, 2016 $83,030
Staff Mechanical Engineer Brookhaven National Laboratory NY Nov 15, 2016 $81,372
Staff Mechanical Engineer Brookhaven National Laboratory NY Nov 15, 2016 $81,100
Staff Mechanical Engineer Burpee Materials Technology, LLC Eatontown, NJ Oct 01, 2010 $80,626
R & D Staff Engineer-Mechanical Engineering Stryker Medical, A Division of Stryker Corporation Portage, MI Oct 01, 2015 $80,096
Staff Mechanical Engineer Medrad, Inc. PA Oct 22, 2012 $80,000 -
$84,000

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Top Skills for A Staff Mechanical Engineer

  1. Business Development
  2. Mechanical Design
  3. FEA
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  • Supported proposals and activities associated with business development.
  • Provided mechanical design and thermal/structural analysis for communications hardware on various manned and unmanned military aircraft systems.
  • Enhanced manufacturing process and created features, which improved identification of common or similar parts.
  • Supervised CAD personnel in performing design engineering requirements on ground system hardware.
  • Completed documentation for system designs and processes and presented and communicated specifications to engineering departments, peers, and upper management.

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