CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Mechanical Engineers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Engineers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems. Read and interpret blueprints, technical drawings, schematics, and computer-generated reports.
 
Confer with engineers and other personnel to implement operating procedures, resolve system malfunctions, and provide technical information.
 
Research and analyze customer design proposals, specifications, manuals, and other data to evaluate the feasibility, cost, and maintenance requirements of designs or applications.
 
Specify system components or direct modification of products to ensure conformance with engineering design and performance specifications.
 
Research, design, evaluate, install, operate, and maintain mechanical products, equipment, systems and processes to meet requirements, applying knowledge of engineering principles.
 
Investigate equipment failures and difficulties to diagnose faulty operation, and to make recommendations to maintenance crew.
 
Assist drafters in developing the structural design of products using drafting tools or computer-assisted design (CAD) or drafting equipment and software.
 
Provide feedback to design engineers on customer problems and needs.
 
Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair to ensure that machines and equipment are installed and functioning according to specifications.
 
Conduct research that tests and analyzes the feasibility, design, operation and performance of equipment, components and systems.
 
Recommend design modifications to eliminate machine or system malfunctions.
 
Develop and test models of alternate designs and processing methods to assess feasibility, operating condition effects, possible new applications and necessity of modification.
 
Develop, coordinate, and monitor all aspects of production, including selection of manufacturing methods, fabrication, and operation of product designs.
 
Estimate costs and submit bids for engineering, construction, or extraction projects, and prepare contract documents.
 
Perform personnel functions such as supervision of production workers, technicians, technologists and other engineers, or design of evaluation programs.
 
Solicit new business and provide technical customer service.
 
Establish and coordinate the maintenance and safety procedures, service schedule, and supply of materials required to maintain machines and equipment in the prescribed condition.
 
Study industrial processes to determine where and how application of equipment can be made.
 
Write performance requirements for product development or engineering projects.
 
Apply engineering principles and practices to emerging fields such as robotics, waste management, and biomedical engineering.
 
Design test control apparatus and equipment and develop procedures for testing products.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Engineers
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Engineers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Technology Design Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Engineers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Engineers
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
ANSYS software Analytical or scientific software
 
Accelerated life testing software Analytical or scientific software
 
Autodesk AutoCAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Bill of materials software Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
 
Blue Ridge Numerics CFDesign Analytical or scientific software
 
C++ Object or component oriented development software
 
COSMOSWorks software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Computational fluid dynamics CFD software Analytical or scientific software
 
Computer aided design CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Computer aided manufacturing CAM software Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
Computer numerical control CNC software Industrial control software
 
Cost estimation software Financial analysis software
 
Data acquisition software Analytical or scientific software
 
Design of experiments DOE software Analytical or scientific software
 
Failure assessment software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Failure mode and effects analysis FMEA software Analytical or scientific software
 
Finite element method FEM software Analytical or scientific software
 
G-code Object or component oriented development software
 
Grid generation software Analytical or scientific software
 
Hewlett-Packard HP Graphics Language HPGL Development environment software
 
Human machine interface HMI software Industrial control software
 
InnovMetric PolyWorks Computer aided design CAD software
 
Intergraph Plant Design System PDS Computer aided design CAD software
 
Ladder Logic Development environment software
 
Lambda Research OSLO Computer aided design CAD software
 
Life cycle cost software Analytical or scientific software
 
MAYA Nastran Analytical or scientific software
 
MUMPS M Development environment software
 
Mathsoft Mathcad Computer aided design CAD software
 
Mesh generation software Analytical or scientific software
 
Metrix Imageware Surfacer Computer aided design CAD software
 
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Microsoft Project Project management software
 
Microsoft Visual Basic Development environment software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Modal analysis software Analytical or scientific software
 
Motion analysis software Analytical or scientific software
 
National Instruments LabVIEW Development environment software
 
Optical analysis software Computer aided design CAD software
 
PTC Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire Computer aided design CAD software
 
PTC Pro/ENGINEER software Computer aided design CAD software
 
PTC Pro/Sheetmetal Computer aided design CAD software
 
Rapid prototyping software Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
 
ReliaSoft Alta 6 Pro Analytical or scientific software
 
ReliaSoft BlockSim Analytical or scientific software
 
ReliaSoft Weibull++ 6 Analytical or scientific software
 
Reliability analysis software Analytical or scientific software
 
Reverse engineering software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Rockwell Software Development environment software
 
Sigmetrix CETOL 6 Sigma Analytical or scientific software
 
SolidWorks CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Statistical energy analysis SEA software Analytical or scientific software
 
Statistical software Analytical or scientific software
 
The MathWorks MATLAB Analytical or scientific software
 
UGS I-DEAS Computer aided design CAD software
 
Video analysis software Analytical or scientific software
 
Zeemax software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Accelerometers Accelerometers
 
Acoustic emission AE sensors Acoustic sensors
 
Air compressors Air compressors
 
Aligners Semiconductor process systems
 
Analog to digital converters Voltage comparator integrated circuits
 
Anodic wafer bonding systems Semiconductor process systems
 
Chemical-mechanical polishing equipment Grinding or polishing machines
 
Computed tomography CT systems Medical computed tomography CT or CAT complete stationery unit installations
 
Contact lithography equipment Semiconductor process systems
 
Contact testers High voltage cable detection
 
Coordinate measuring machines CMM Coordinate measuring machines CMM
 
Cryogenic apparatus Infrared spectrometers
 
Deep reactive ion etchers DRIE Semiconductor process systems
 
Digital particle image velocimeters Flowmeters
 
Digital to analog converters Voltage comparator integrated circuits
 
Dynamic strain indicators Strain gauges
 
Dynamometers Dynamometers
 
Ellipsometers Thickness measuring devices
 
Evaporation systems Semiconductor process systems
 
Flip-chip wafer bonding systems Semiconductor process systems
 
Fluorescence spectrometers Spectrometers
 
Force transducers Force or torque sensors
 
Function generators Signal generators
 
Fused deposition modeling machines Cold forming presses
 
Heat exchangers Heat exchangers
 
Infrared thermography cameras Infrared imagers
 
Interferometers Interferometers
 
Interferometric microscopes Interferometers
 
Laser Doppler anemometers Flowmeters
 
Laser Doppler velocimeters LDV Flowmeters
 
Laser digitizers Scanners
 
Multi-pen plotters Plotter printers
 
Multimeters Multimeters
 
Nano indentation systems Hardness testers
 
Optical laser scanners Coordinate measuring machines CMM
 
Optical sensors Fiber sensors
 
Oscilloscopes Oscilloscopes
 
Pattern generators Signal generators
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Photoelastic testing machines Photoelastic testing instruments
 
Pitot tubes Flowmeters
 
Plasma etchers Semiconductor process systems
 
Position transducers Proximity sensors
 
Precision positioning tables Semiconductor process systems
 
Programmable logic controllers PLC Microcontrollers
 
Projection lithography equipment Semiconductor process systems
 
Radio frequency sensors Proximity sensors
 
Rapid thermal processing systems Cold forming presses
 
Scanning electron microscopes SEM Scanning electron microscopes
 
Scanning probe microscopes SPM Scanning probe microscopes
 
Scanning tunneling microscopes STM Scanning probe microscopes
 
Servohydraulic material testing machines Fatigue testers
 
Spectrum analyzers Frequency analyzers
 
Spin-coaters Semiconductor process systems
 
Sputtering systems Semiconductor process systems
 
Steppers Step drive or stepper drive or step indexer
 
Strain gauges Strain gauges
 
Stylus profilometers Roughness measuring instruments
 
Subsonic wind tunnels Flow transmitters
 
Supersonic wind tunnels Flow transmitters
 
Surface profilometers Roughness measuring instruments
 
Torque transducers Force or torque sensors
 
Torsional converters Torque converters
 
Vapor deposition tube furnaces Programmable tube furnaces
 
Velocity transducers Speed sensors
 
Vibration control systems Machine mounts or vibration isolators
 
Vibration isolators Machine mounts or vibration isolators
 
Vibration testers Vibration testers
 
Video editing equipment Video editors
 
Wafer bonding systems Semiconductor process systems
 
Wafer dicing saws Semiconductor process systems
 
Wire bonders Semiconductor process systems
 
Wire electrical discharge machines Wire cathode electrode discharge machine
 
X ray radiographic systems X ray radiography examination equipment
 
X ray tubes X ray radiography examination equipment
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Engineers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Engineers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Air Conditioning Engineer
Auto Research Engineer
Automation Engineer
Body Engineer
Brake Engineer
Car Designer
Chassis Systems Engineer
Combustion Engineer
Commissioning Engineer
Computer Aided Engineering Engineer (CAE Engineer)
Cooling and Heating Systems Design Engineer
Cryogenics Engineer
Design Engineer
Design Maintenance Engineer
Diesel Engineer
Diesel Retrofit Designer
Distribution Engineer
Dust Control Engineer
Electro-Mechanical Engineer
Engine Designer
Equipment Engineer
Erecting Engineer
Facilities Engineer
Facilities Mechanical Design Engineer
Failure Analysis Technician
Field Service Engineer
Geothermal Power Generation Mechanical Engineer
HVAC Engineer (Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Engineer)
HVAC Engineer (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Engineer)
HVAC Sensor and Digital Control Designer (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Sensor and Digital Control Designer)
Heating Engineer
Heating and Cooling Systems Engineer
Hydraulic Engineer
Hydroelectric Plant Mechanical Engineer
Industrial Engineer
Industrial Green Systems Designer
Industrial Retrofit Designer
Installation Engineer
Internal Combustion Engineer
Machine Design Engineer
Machine Tool Designer
Machining Engineer
Manufacturing Applications Engineer
Manufacturing Engineer
Mechanical Design Engineer
Mechanical Design Facilities or Products Engineer
Mechanical Development Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Equipment Test Engineer
Mechanical Research Engineer
Mechanical Systems Engineer
Motorcycle Designer
Plant Engineer
Plant Equipment Engineer
Powertrain CAE Engineer (Powertrain Computer Aided Engineering Engineer)
Process Engineer
Product Engineer
Production Specialist
Products Mechanical Design Engineer
Project Engineer
Refrigeration Engineer
Roller Coaster Designer
Roller Coaster Engineer
Servomechanism Designer
Sheet Metal Engineer
Solar Energy Systems Designer
Solar Engineer
Stress Analyst
Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)
Systems Engineer
Test Engineer
Test Inspection Engineer
Textile Engineer
Tool Design Engineer
Tool Designer
Tool Designer Apprentice
Tool Engineer
Tool and Die Engineer
Tooling Engineer
Utilization Engineer
Ventilating Engineer
Ventilating Expert
Weapons Designer
Weapons Engineer
Wind Turbine Mechanical Engineer
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Engineers
 
 
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