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Mechanical Designer

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Also Known as:
Drafter, Mechanical Drafter, Drafting Technician, Product Designer, CAD Designer (Computer Aided Design Designer), Designer, Mechanical Designer, Project Designer, Design Drafter, CAD Operator (Computer Aided Design Operator)
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What is a

Mechanical Designer

Mechanical Designers create designs and technical drawings for mechanical devices and equipment. They work closely with engineers and other professionals to create and improve manufacturing systems or processes and develop drawings for a wide variety of machines including computers and buildings. Mechanical designers typically work in an office setting, reviewing specifications and other data to develop mechanical layouts. The majority of mechanical designers work for architectural or engineering services firms, while some work within the manufacturing industry as well. Mechanical Designers, or drafters, work with engineers to turn their roughly sketched designs into technical drawings. These are then used during production, which is why designers include any manufacturing procedures in their schematics.
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Why Become

Mechanical Designer

U.S. Employment Demand Metrics
2018:
58,000
2028:
54,000
Percent Change:
-7%
Projected Annual Job Openings:
5,400

Skills Needed

General Skills:
Active Listening Reading Comprehension Complex Problem Solving Critical Thinking Speaking
Technical Skills:
Computer aided design CAD software Computer aided manufacturing CAM software Document management software Enterprise resource planning ERP software Graphics or photo imaging software

What Will You Do as a

Mechanical Designer

Create graphical representations of mechanical equipment. Create images or other visual displays. Design electromechanical equipment or systems. Analyze design or requirements information for mechanical equipment or systems. Verify mathematical calculations. Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans. Discuss designs or plans with clients. Supervise engineering or other technical personnel.
U.S. Employment Demand Metrics
2018:
58,000
professionals
2028:
54,000
professionals
Percent Change:
-7%
Projected Annual Job Openings:
5,400

How Much Can You Earn?

Average Yearly Salary
$57,060
Salary graph visually displaying average yearly salary.
$45,050
$57,060
$92,010

What Education Do You need?

People starting in this career usually have
Less than High School Diploma
1
%
High School Diploma or Equivalent
11
%
Some College, but No Degree
29
%
Associate's Degree
32
%
Bachelor's Degree
23
%
Masters Degree
4
%
Doctorate or Professional Degree
1
%

Common Past Positions

Industrial Engineering Electrical Technicians Robotics Technicians Validation Engineers

Common Next Positions

Industrial Engineers Robotics Engineers Electrical Engineer Plant Manager Process Engineer
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