The senior mechanical engineering designer is a white-collar and intellectually stimulating occupation. At the senior level, the mechanical engineering designer can expect to provide consultation to other engineers of various types, including other mechanical engineers. The senior mechanical engineering designer will manage and develop a network of vendors, suppliers, and contractors, as well as effectively manage resources on hand. As a senior mechanical engineering designer, you will use your knowledge of tools, manufacturing, materials, mathematics, physics, computer aided design, 2d drawings, and mechanics to automate tasks, perform work, innovate, and solve problems. Mechanical engineers should expect to fully utilize a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.
Mechanical engineers typically work indoors within an office environment; you can expect 8-hour shifts and 40-hour work weeks. At a senior level, expect to have management responsibilities over others and work in a salaried capacity.
Mechanical engineers are highly sought after, and as such will always have steady work in many sectors. For example, mechanical engineers are utilized in the manufacturing sector to create machines to transfer motion, automate manufacturing, sort objects, and increase production. Occasionally, mechanical engineers are called upon to create custom solutions for machines that have broken or are no longer suited for their task and require redesign to meet new specifications. The senior mechanical engineering designer maintains associated 2d and 3d drawings for such projects and stores and archives them appropriately.
Senior Mechanical Engineering Designer Tasks
Develop, design, and analyze mechanical systems, equipment, or parts.
Assess designs for compliance with quality standards and requirements.
Coordinate personnel in documentation and testing of designs and prototypes.
Conduct tests on new or revised designs.