Do mechanical engineers design a lot?
Well I am about to go into the 11th grade and I believe that I have my mind set on the career that I am going into but one thing that I may want to know is what are the best steps in becoming a successful mechanical engineer and what other jobs may be somewhat similar so that I could put in the my thoughts to widen my job spectrum? mechanical engineer mechanical-engineering
As for career options that involve a lot of design work look into the following fields: medical, automotive, consumer electronics, robots, heavy equipment, defense industry and aerospace are few examples.
In order to become successful you need to be passionate about the field that you choose. This passion for learning and advancing the field is what will make you successful. So choose a field that you like and focus your studies around that field.
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Designing is a basic necessity for mechanical engineers though, knowledge of CAD tools and design concepts is minimum for most roles. Even if you aren't designing and simply project managing, it's important to know the process.
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Glenn S. Arche
As a junior engineer, I did a lot more hands on design. As a lead engineer, it was more working on critical areas of the design, doing research to make the best design decisions. For me, I was involved from early concept to production release. In some companies, we supported the product into sustaining to end of product life. Concept phase is to determine what is possible, cost, lead time, size and shape. Development stage is more about doing part and assembly design of what goes into production. Tooling phase is working with the people who build the equipment used to produce your parts. There are pilot builds, and product start. The design engineer is usually involved in all of these aspects of the project.
It is your call if this is design. But the better you understand the entire process, the better decisions you will make in the concept and development phases.
If you work for a design consulting firm, you tend to only do the front end work and rarely see your products into production.
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But no matter what jobs are similar, you will likely need a degree in mechanical engineering to pursue them. Like a sales engineer, applications engineer, project engineer, product engineer. I'm sure you can do a search on the internet and it will provide you with various engineering opportunities.
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Engineering, especially Mechanical Engineering, is a very broad area of study and can be an entree into many different careers. I know some that have gone into manufacturing or industrial engineering and never "design" anything. I know one engineer that has made a career designing finite elements. THAT is a specialty that is 100% design.
Add to that the fact that "a lot" is in itself a fuzzy threshold. I have a coworker that is overwhelmed by design projects that I consider trivial. His talents lay elsewhere. The point is I'm sure his "a lot" is a different amount of effort than my "a lot". Even that changes when you consider that when you get to work that is in his wheelhouse instead of mine and the balance swings the other way.