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Working As A Tool Design 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

  • $91,260

    Average Salary

What Does A Tool Design 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 Tool Design 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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Tool Design Engineer Career Paths

Tool Design Engineer
Mechanical Design Engineer Product Design Engineer Project Engineer
Contracting Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Architect Design Drafter
Design Checker
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Consulting Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Production Manager Art Director
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Tool Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Lead Design Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Senior Mechanical Designer Senior Piping Designer
Lead Designer
5 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Process Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Design Engineer
Senior Design Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Systems Engineer Senior Technician Specialist
Senior Designer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Mechanical Designer
Senior Designer/Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Senior Manufacturing Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Mechanical Engineer
Senior Mechanical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Product Development Engineer
Senior Product Development Engineer
9 Yearsyrs
Tool Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Product Engineer
Senior Product Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Engineer
Senior Project Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Tool Designer 4.7 years
Tool Engineer 4.5 years
Design Engineer 3.4 years
Top Employers Before
Designer 4.6%
Engineer 2.9%
Machinist 2.9%
Top Employers After
Engineer 3.9%

Tool Design Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

89.5%

Female

8.0%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

78.8%

Asian

9.2%

Hispanic or Latino

8.7%

Unknown

2.7%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

23.1%

Chinese

11.5%

French

11.5%

Russian

7.7%

Portuguese

3.8%

Vietnamese

3.8%

German

3.8%

Romanian

3.8%

Serbian

3.8%

Japanese

3.8%

Armenian

3.8%

Polish

3.8%

Arabic

3.8%

Italian

3.8%

Bosnian

3.8%

Croatian

3.8%
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Tool Design Engineer Education

Schools

Wichita State University

7.8%

University of Phoenix

7.8%

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

7.8%

Central Connecticut State University

6.5%

Ferris State University

6.5%

Missouri University of Science and Technology

5.2%

University of Toledo

5.2%

University of Cincinnati

5.2%

Weber State University

5.2%

University of Alabama

3.9%

Ohio University -

3.9%

Arizona State University

3.9%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.9%

University of Kentucky

3.9%

Albertus Magnus College

3.9%

Ohio State University

3.9%

University of Akron

3.9%

Brigham Young University

3.9%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.9%

Pennsylvania State University

3.9%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

36.6%

Drafting And Design

11.2%

Business

8.9%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

7.6%

Industrial Technology

7.6%

Manufacturing Engineering

3.6%

Engineering

2.8%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.5%

Industrial Engineering

2.5%

Precision Metal Working

2.3%

Engineering Technology

2.3%

Graphic Design

1.8%

Computer Science

1.5%

Aerospace Engineering

1.5%

Management

1.3%

Project Management

1.3%

Civil Engineering

1.3%

Electrical Engineering

1.3%

General Studies

1.0%

Aviation

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.3%

Other

18.9%

Associate

15.9%

Masters

13.5%

Certificate

2.6%

Diploma

0.4%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Real Tool Design Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Tool Design Engineer A-1 Jays MacHining, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 01, 2012 $110,000
Tool Design Engineer A-1 Jays MacHining Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 30, 2015 $110,000
Tool Design Engineer Standard Motor Products, Inc. Islandia, NY Feb 12, 2015 $103,500
Tool Design Engineer Standard Motor Products, Inc. Islandia, NY Sep 30, 2015 $103,500
Tool Design Engineer Standard Motor Products, Inc. Islandia, NY Dec 02, 2013 $100,000
Downhole Tools Drilling Design Engineer North Bridge Venture Partners Portfolio Company Littleton, CO Mar 15, 2010 $100,000
Downhole Tools Drilling Design Engineer FORO Energy, Inc. Littleton, CO Mar 15, 2010 $100,000
Tool and Die Design Engineer Gestamp South Carolina, LLC Union, SC Oct 01, 2010 $98,000
Tool and Die Design Engineer (Class A Specialist) Gestamp South Carolina, LLC Union, SC Jan 01, 2010 $98,000
Tool Design Engineer Borgwarner Powdered Metals Inc. Livonia, MI May 04, 2014 $90,085
Tool Design Engineer A-1 Jays MacHining, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 08, 2010 $90,000
Senior Tool Design Engineer St. Jude Medical, Implantable Electronic Systems D Selma, CA Aug 20, 2014 $90,000
Tool Design Engineer Cosmos Manufacturing, Inc. South Chicago Heights, IL Sep 05, 2009 $88,000
Tooling Design Engineer Pico Resources Southfield, MI Jan 07, 2008 $86,250
Tooling Design Engineer Dlhbowles, Inc. Columbia, MD Jun 21, 2016 $83,600 -
$87,274
Senior Tool Design Engineer Dura-Mill, Inc. Malta, NY Jul 07, 2016 $82,472
Tool Design Engineer Borgwarner Powdered Metals Inc. Livonia, MI Jan 05, 2012 $81,921
Tool Design Engineer Borgwarner Automotive Powdered Metals Corporation Livonia, MI Jan 05, 2012 $81,921
Engineer, Thermoforming Tooling Design PWP Industries Vernon, CA Apr 05, 2010 $80,000
Tool Design & Process Engineer Proenergy Turbine Services, LLC Sedalia, MO Jul 01, 2011 $80,000
Engineer, Thermoforming Tooling Design PWP Industries Vernon, CA Mar 22, 2010 $80,000
Battery Design Tool and Analysis Engineer Johnson Controls, Inc. Milwaukee, WI Jan 08, 2016 $70,900 -
$106,300
Tooling Design Engineer Areva NP Inc. Lynchburg, VA Sep 27, 2010 $70,076
Tool Design Engineer A-1 Jays MacHining, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 20, 2010 $67,800
Tool Design Engineer Concur Engineering Solutions, LLC Warren, MI Feb 26, 2016 $66,400 -
$79,200
Machine Tool Design Engineer Alabama Specialty Products, Inc. Munford, AL Jan 02, 2013 $65,104
Tooling & Design Engineer Deringer-Ney, Inc. Tucson, AZ Oct 01, 2011 $65,000
Tooling Design Engineer Hella North America, Inc. York, SC Oct 29, 2008 $62,500
Associate Tool Design Engineer Schaeffler Group USA, Inc. Fort Mill, SC Aug 26, 2014 $62,000 -
$70,000

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Top Skills for A Tool Design Engineer

AssemblyFixturesEngineeringDepartmentCad/CamCatiaV5CNCMachinDesignConceptsShopFloorAutocadUnigraphicsBOMTSolidworksGDAerospaceLayoutCatiaV4AluminumInjectionMoldsEnoviaISO

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Top Tool Design Engineer Skills

  1. Assembly Fixtures
  2. Engineering Department
  3. Cad/Cam
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed aft thrust structure assembly fixtures and related equipment for manufacture of the X-33 space plane)
  • Designed tools for the Manufacturing Engineering Department of Electro-Optical and Data Systems, Manufacturing Division.
  • Utilized SurfCAM CAD/CAM to generate tool path for 3 axis CNC machining.
  • Designed tools and fixtures used in automotive assembly for major automobile manufacturer, using Catia V5.
  • Develop and verify complex programs for 5-axis CNC Machine.

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