Manufacturing and Production Careers | Mechanical Product Design Engineer

Mechanical Product Design Engineer

Career Area: Design, Media, and Writing

Occupation Group: Product Design

Salary

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A typical Mechanical Product Design Engineer earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $77,391

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $79,057

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Responsible for the mechanical design of a new product, with specific reference to the mechanical function of the final product. May also be partially responsible for engineering of materials, graphic design, ergonomics and aesthetics of the product.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina6+7.6%
Nationwide179+4.3%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Mechanical Product Design Engineer is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Research: Experience performing creative and systematic work to understand a product, market, or customer, either before building a new solution, or to troubleshoot an existing issue
  • Planning: Working experience with the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve desired goals.
  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Microsoft Excel: Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet developed by Microsoft for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS. It features calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables, and a macro programming language called Visual Basic for Applications.
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Mechanical Engineering: Mechanical Engineering, is the discipline that applies engineering, physics, and materials science principles to design, analyze, manufacture, and maintain mechanical systems.
  • SolidWorks: Working experience of SolidWorks, which is a solid modeler, and utilizes a parametric feature-based approach which was initially developed by PTC (Creo/Pro-Engineer) to create models and assemblies. The software is written on Parasolid-kernel.
  • Mechanical Design: Mechanical Design or Machine Design is the branch of Engineering Design. Machine design or Mechanical Design can lead to the formation of the entirely new machine or it can lead to improvement of the existing machine.
  • Product Design: Product design as a verb is to create a new product to be sold by a business to its customers.
  • Machining: Machining is any of various processes in which a piece of raw material is cut into a desired final shape and size by a controlled material-removal process.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Mechanical Product Design Engineer that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Medical Device Design: Working experience of Medical Device Design. A medical device is any apparatus, appliance, software, material, or other article whether used alone or in combination, including the software intended by its manufacturer to be used specifically for diagnostic and/or therapeutic purposes and necessary for its proper application intended by the manufacturer to be used for human beings for the purpose of diagnosis, prevention, monitoring, treatment, or alleviation of disease.
  • Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA): Failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA)also failure modes, plural, in many publicationswas one of the first highly structured, systematic techniques for failure analysis.
  • Materials Selection: Material selection is a step in the process of designing any physical object.
  • Electromechanical Systems: As the name suggests, electromechanical systems or devices convert electrical energy into mechanical movement - and sometimes vice versa.
  • Failure Analysis: Failure analysis is the process of collecting and analyzing data to determine the cause of a failure, often with the goal of determining corrective actions or liability.

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills:

  • Windchill PLM Software: Working experience of Windchill PLM Software, which is a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software product that is offered by PTC.
  • Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM): Working experience of Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), which is the use of software to control machine tools and related ones in the manufacturing of workpieces.
  • Medical Device Design: Working experience of Medical Device Design. A medical device is any apparatus, appliance, software, material, or other article whether used alone or in combination, including the software intended by its manufacturer to be used specifically for diagnostic and/or therapeutic purposes and necessary for its proper application intended by the manufacturer to be used for human beings for the purpose of diagnosis, prevention, monitoring, treatment, or alleviation of disease.
  • Autodesk: Autodesk, Inc. is an American multinational software corporation that makes software for the architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, media, and entertainment industries.
  • Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP): Working experience of Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), which is a framework of procedures and techniques used to develop products in industry, particularly the automotive industry. It is quite similar to the concept of Design for Six Sigma (DFSS).

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years7%
3 to 5 years84%
6 to 8 years6%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Product Mechanical Design Engineer - Relocation To
  • Avanos Senior Mechanical Product Designer - Global Design
  • Mechanical Product Design Engineer
  • Product Engineer - Mechanical
  • Senior Mechanical Product Design Engineer

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