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Job Description for Mechanical Design Engineer

Mechanical design engineers work in a wide range of industry-based companies which manufacture goods, including the automotive, construction, railway, and electronics industries.

These design engineers are tasked with developing drawings which coordinate with industry guidelines and state building laws, as well as analyzing mechanical systems to ensure they are functioning properly, researching design proposals, manuals, and other valuable information to understand the feasible costs of construction on projects, and modifying products to ensure they comply with engineering designs and performance specifications. They must also maintain and provide technical information and reports to their direct supervisors when necessary.

Most employers require applicants to have at least a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, and some may also prefer those who have two or more years of experience in a relevant field. Aspiring mechanical design engineers should also have strong verbal and written communication skills, knowledge of computer hardware and software, and some sort of background in material selection and application and mechanical design. The ability to perform tasks independently with minimal supervision is also highly beneficial.
Mechanical Design Engineer Tasks
  • Sets the direction of the design staff to create prototypes or drawings of the design effort.
  • Makes changes and corrections in the mechanical design throughout the life of the product.
  • Considers performance, safety, patents, goals, and regulatory requirements when designing products or systems.
  • Researches and analyzes data to determine feasibility of design effort.

Key Stats

1-4 years
67%
5-9 years
33%

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