Senior mechanical designers are in charge of creating effective mechanical designs for their company and developing mechanical concepts and drawings to meet project requirements. They utilize complex software tools to make technical designs that fulfill mechanical specifications, and these individuals must possess strong communication skills to facilitate the design process and reach project completion. Senior mechanical designers analyze sketches and blueprints for feasibility and compliance, as well as use a computer with computer-aided design (CAD) software to make modifications to existing designs.
The senior mechanical designer's main duties include anticipating and resolving mechanical design issues, coaching junior designers, and participating in training sessions when new technology is introduced into the design process. Additionally, they participate in the data collection and field verification phases. They strive to maintain high quality productions and assist other senior technical staff with recommendations on design requirements. They review and approve mechanical drawings, and manage project schedules.
A bachelor's degree in a related field and previous experience are required for this position, and industry certifications may be beneficial. Senior mechanical designers must be able to create efficient mechanical blueprints, use relevant computer software (such as AutoCAD software), and have excellent problem-solving skills. They must work well in a team setting, as well as on their own with minimal supervision.
Senior Mechanical Designer Tasks
Provide estimates for time, cost, performance, and materials.
Develop, test, and execute complex mechanical systems and designs that reveal their functions.
Participate in design team process and generate ideas for architecture or product design.
Create meticulous documentation for each project's requirements and design.