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Working As An Utility 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

  • $70,350

    Average Salary

What Does An Utility 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 An Utility 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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Utility Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

86.5%

Female

10.6%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

70.1%

Hispanic or Latino

16.8%

Asian

9.5%

Unknown

3.3%

Black or African American

0.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

73.9%

Portuguese

4.3%

Irish

4.3%

Cherokee

4.3%

French

4.3%

German

4.3%

Arabic

4.3%
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Utility Engineer Education

Schools

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

15.5%

Northeastern University

7.0%

Purdue University

7.0%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

5.6%

University of Central Florida

5.6%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

5.6%

University of Utah

5.6%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

San Jose State University

4.2%

Drexel University

4.2%

University of California - Berkeley

4.2%

Orange Coast College

4.2%

University of Phoenix

4.2%

University of Notre Dame

4.2%

University of Delaware

4.2%

University of Nevada - Reno

2.8%

University of South Florida

2.8%

University of Pennsylvania

2.8%

California State University - Los Angeles

2.8%

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

2.8%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

25.7%

Business

11.8%

Chemical Engineering

10.1%

Civil Engineering

8.9%

Electrical Engineering

8.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.1%

Heating And Air Conditioning

4.2%

Management

3.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.5%

Drafting And Design

2.1%

Engineering

2.1%

Construction Management

2.1%

Environmental Engineering

2.1%

Liberal Arts

1.7%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

1.7%

Industrial Technology

1.7%

Computer Science

1.7%

Project Management

1.3%

Mathematics

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.3%

Other

23.5%

Masters

16.7%

Associate

9.6%

Certificate

4.3%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.3%
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Real Utility Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Utility Engineer P.E.T. Terra Systems, Inc. Dallas, GA Sep 03, 2015 $135,346
Mechanical & Utilities Engineer International Design Services, Inc. Hiram, GA May 24, 2013 $95,971
Civil/Subsurface Utility Engineer (Geophysics) BSI Engineering, Inc. Pembroke, MA Jan 04, 2016 $87,654
Transmission Utilization Assessment Engineer (Lead Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator Carmel, IN Nov 01, 2011 $85,218 -
$100,000
Utilities Engineer Arcelormittal USA LLC East Chicago, IN Sep 02, 2015 $82,726
Transmission Utilization Assessment Engineer Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator Carmel, IN Oct 02, 2012 $79,955 -
$95,000
Civil/Subsurface Utility Engineers(Geophysics) BSI Engineering, Inc. Pembroke, MA Sep 01, 2014 $75,132
Civil/Subsurface Utility Engineer(Geophysics) BSI Engineering, Inc. Pembroke, MA Apr 01, 2013 $75,132
Civil/Subsurface Utility Engineer (Geophysics) BSI Engineering, Inc. Pembroke, MA Aug 01, 2012 $75,132
Transmission Utilization Engineer Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator Carmel, IN Aug 01, 2011 $73,653 -
$78,000
Transmission Utilization Engineer Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator Carmel, IN May 08, 2010 $72,000
Mechanical & Utilities Engineer International Design Services, Inc.-Ids Global Powder Springs, GA Jul 23, 2015 $71,781
Mechanical & Utilities Engineer International Design Services, Inc. Powder Springs, GA Dec 14, 2014 $71,781
Utility Engineer Welspun Pipes, Inc. Little Rock, AR Sep 18, 2013 $70,350
Transmission Utilization Engineer Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator Carmel, IN May 08, 2013 $67,954 -
$80,000
Engineer, Utility Samsung SDI America, Inc. San Diego, CA Nov 20, 2007 $66,664
Transmission Utilization Engineer Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator Carmel, IN Feb 17, 2012 $63,523 -
$75,000
Utility Engineer Welspun Pipes, Inc. Little Rock, AR Sep 18, 2016 $61,984 -
$83,531
Mechanical & Utilities Engineer International Design Services, Inc. Hiram, GA May 24, 2013 $56,200
Utilization Engineer Goodwill Mechanical Corp New York, NY Aug 31, 2010 $56,000
Mechanical & Utilities Engineer International Design Services, Inc. Hiram, GA May 24, 2010 $55,800

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Top Skills for An Utility Engineer

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Top Utility Engineer Skills

  1. Safety
  2. Hvac
  3. Units
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created and coordinated safety permits with contractors.
  • Perform load studies for each tenant of a mall to accurately tabulate electric, HVAC and water usage.
  • Repair and troubleshoot problems with A/C units and plumbing (shower, sink toilets in the hotel)
  • Provide an extensive Preventative Maintenance Service on all building related systems.
  • Provided technical support and managed water systems for 135 different communities across Virginia.

Top Utility Engineer Employers