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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

  • $77,885

    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
Project Engineer Systems Engineer Application Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Tool Engineer Engineering Manager Quality Manager
Continuous Improvement Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Tool Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Senior Project Engineer Project Engineering Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Engineering Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Facility Engineer
Facilities/Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Product Engineer Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Senior Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Product Design Engineer Project Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Senior Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Product Manager Product Development Manager
Research And Development Director
12 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Design Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Mechanical Engineer Mechanical Design Engineer
Senior Mechanical Designer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Designer Design Technician Tool Designer
Senior Tooling Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Tool Designer 4.6 years
Tool Engineer 4.4 years
Design Engineer 3.4 years
Top Employers Before
Designer 4.3%
Machinist 3.4%
Engineer 3.0%
Internship 2.5%
Draftsman 2.3%
Tool Maker 2.1%
Top Employers After
Engineer 4.5%
Designer 2.0%

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Tool Design Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

90.2%

Female

7.6%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

63.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.2%

Black or African American

10.0%

Asian

9.3%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.0%

Chinese

9.4%

French

9.4%

German

6.3%

Serbian

6.3%

Russian

6.3%

Bosnian

6.3%

Croatian

6.3%

Portuguese

3.1%

Vietnamese

3.1%

Romanian

3.1%

Japanese

3.1%

Armenian

3.1%

Polish

3.1%

Arabic

3.1%

Italian

3.1%
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Tool Design Engineer Education

Schools

Wichita State University

6.8%

Pennsylvania State University

6.8%

University of Phoenix

6.8%

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

6.8%

Central Connecticut State University

5.7%

Missouri University of Science and Technology

5.7%

Ferris State University

5.7%

Colorado Technical University

5.7%

Ohio University -

4.5%

Ohio State University

4.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.5%

University of Toledo

4.5%

University of Cincinnati

4.5%

Weber State University

4.5%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.5%

Cleveland State University

4.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.4%

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College

3.4%

University of Alabama

3.4%

University of Wisconsin - Platteville

3.4%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

36.4%

Drafting And Design

10.3%

Business

8.8%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

6.8%

Industrial Technology

6.8%

Engineering

3.3%

Manufacturing Engineering

3.1%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.1%

Industrial Engineering

3.1%

Engineering Technology

2.9%

Precision Metal Working

2.4%

Graphic Design

2.2%

Computer Science

1.5%

Project Management

1.5%

Plastics Engineering

1.5%

Management

1.3%

General Studies

1.3%

Aerospace Engineering

1.3%

Electrical Engineering

1.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.5%

Other

19.1%

Associate

17.4%

Masters

13.9%

Certificate

2.9%

Diploma

0.6%

Doctorate

0.6%
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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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  1. Assembly Fixtures
  2. Engineering Department
  3. Detail Drawings
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  • Designed assembly fixtures and jigs for the joining of composite skin panels to sub-structural components for B2 military airplane.
  • Designed tools for the Manufacturing Engineering Department of Electro-Optical and Data Systems, Manufacturing Division.
  • Transfer Models to 2D associated detail drawings and schematics to actual construction.
  • Design Injection Molds, Thermal Forming Molds, to manufacture plastic production components to produce chemical analysis instrumentation.
  • Trained and advised an employee in CAD/CAM, Wire EDM and CNC milling operations.

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