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Working As A Start-Up 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

  • $83,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Start-Up 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 Start-Up 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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Start-Up Engineer Career Paths

Start-Up Engineer
Project Manager Owner Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner Project Superintendent
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineer Design Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Consultant Operations Manager
Operations Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Manager Facilities Manager
Senior Facilities Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Contract Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Owner/Operator Maintenance Director
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Project Controls Engineer
Controls Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Team Leader Maintenance Supervisor
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Project Engineering Manager
Plant Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Engineering Manager Construction Manager
Commissioning Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Facilities Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Plant Engineer Operations Engineer Service Engineer
Engineering Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Plant Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Plant Engineer Senior Project Engineer Project Lead Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Shift Supervisor Unit Manager Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$83,000
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$59,000
Min 10%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$117,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Air Products & Chemicals
Highest Paying City
Sunnyvale, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does a Start-Up Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Start-Up Engineer in the United States is $83,923 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $59,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $117,000.

Real Start-Up Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. District Start Up DCS Engineer Kiewit Power Engineers Co. Lenexa, KS Sep 15, 2014 $145,000
Start Up Engineer 3 Kiewit Engineering & Design Co. Lusby, MD Sep 15, 2016 $142,784
Lead DCS Startup Engineer Bechtel Infrastructure and Power Corporation Mar 21, 2016 $126,506 -
$148,000
Senior Start-Up Engineer Scientific Design Company, Inc. Little Ferry, NJ Oct 01, 2011 $116,740
Commissioning & Start Up Engineer-Instrumentation and Control (I&C) Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 29, 2016 $107,856
Senior Start-Up Engineer Technip USA, Inc. Claremont, CA Aug 30, 2016 $105,000
Startup Engineer Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. Los Angeles, CA Aug 24, 2010 $82,200 -
$92,200
Startup Engineer Kiewit Pacific Co. Perris, CA Nov 27, 2009 $75,296 -
$88,899
Mechanical Startup Engineer Bechtel Power Corporation Oak Creek, WI Dec 08, 2009 $74,381 -
$118,320
Electrical Engineer Start Up Engineer 1 Technical Diagnostic Services, Inc. Apollo Beach, FL Aug 18, 2014 $70,000
Start Up Engineer I Technical Diagnostic Services FL Aug 05, 2014 $70,000
Start-Up Engineer Siemens Energy, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Sep 01, 2011 $65,312 -
$69,818

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Top Skills for A Start-Up Engineer

  1. Test Procedures
  2. Steam Turbine
  3. DCS
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  • Develop and implement test procedures to demonstrate that the facility operates in accordance with design specification requirements.
  • Shift Supervisor for two (2) Westinghouse 250B11 gas/low Btu combine cycle on one Westinghouse steam turbine.
  • Included program verification of associated DCS software.
  • Handled troubleshooting for electrical, mechanical and analog process control systems using engineering blueprints.
  • Field Engineer * Supervised the maintenance of Turbine-Generator units in the 400-1100 MW Class.

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Top 10 Best States for Start-Up Engineers

  1. Alaska
  2. Texas
  3. District of Columbia
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Massachusetts
  6. New Mexico
  7. Delaware
  8. Michigan
  9. Maryland
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Start-Up Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

86.8%

Female

7.4%

Unknown

5.8%
Ethnicity

White

61.8%

Hispanic or Latino

12.6%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

8.7%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.7%

Carrier

21.4%

Chinese

7.1%

German

7.1%

Japanese

7.1%

French

7.1%

Dakota

7.1%

Thai

7.1%
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Start-Up Engineer Education

Schools

Pennsylvania State University

9.5%

Texas A&M University

9.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

7.1%

University of Phoenix

7.1%

University of Texas at Austin

7.1%

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

6.0%

North Carolina State University

4.8%

California Maritime Academy

4.8%

Auburn University

4.8%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.6%

Mississippi State University

3.6%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

3.6%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.6%

Iowa State University

3.6%

Western Washington University

3.6%

New York University

3.6%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

3.6%

Kent State University

3.6%

Lee College

3.6%

Tennessee Technological University

3.6%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

16.6%

Electrical Engineering

16.3%

Chemical Engineering

14.6%

Business

7.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.1%

Engineering

5.2%

Music

5.0%

Nuclear Engineering

4.1%

Management

3.8%

Finance

2.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.0%

Project Management

2.0%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

2.0%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.0%

Industrial Technology

1.7%

Chemistry

1.7%

Communication

1.7%

Computer Science

1.5%

Industrial Engineering

1.5%

Biology

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.0%

Other

20.7%

Masters

15.2%

Associate

7.9%

Certificate

4.2%

Diploma

1.1%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.4%
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