What does a Principal Mechanical Engineer do?

Mechanical engineers develop, design, build, test, and inspect mechanical devices and systems, such as machines, tools, and engines. Since mechanical engineering is a very broad field, they work in a variety of different industries designing a wide range of products. Most mechanical engineers work in manufacturing, research and development, or at companies that offer engineering services.

Typically, mechanical engineers have a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or in a related field such as mechanical engineering technology. They need advanced mathematical skills to perform calculations and they need to be able to think creatively.

  • Plan, conceptualize, and create mechanical designs for new products
  • Develop testing processes, and perform testing and validation of new designs
  • Generate working prototypes for beta testing and customer demonstration
  • Perform engineering calculations to support design work
  • Create and review technical drawings, plans, and specifications using computer software
  • Collaborate with multi-disciplinary engineering teams, and work with vendors and contractors
  • Perform detailed documentation to track project development and design process
  • Ensure project timeline is met and project stays within budget
  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or in a related field
  • 2-5 years of experience working in engineering
  • Firm grasp of engineering concepts, and experience desiging mechanical systems and products
  • Excellent math skills: ability to apply advanced mathematical principles and statistics to solve problems
  • Experience using CAD software such as SolidWorks, AutoCAD, or similar
  • Exceptional technical and problem-solving skills and reasoning ability
  • Ability to communicate effectively and clearly
  • Must be self-motivated and a great team worker
EducationGraduate Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Principal Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$71,481 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$48K
Median: $71K
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Principal Mechanical Engineer Career Path

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WoodwardWoodward
Mechanical Engineer
Mar. 2, 2021

“Everyone is typically nice and supportive towards anything you don't know and support for your work.”

Civil Service United KingdomCivil Service United Kingdom
Graduate Mechanical Engineer
Oct. 14, 2020

“it is a highly flexible work enviroment and provides oportunities to work on a range of interesting projects”

Made In SpaceMade In Space
Mechanical Engineer
Mar. 4, 2021

“Long hours and sometimes not enough resources to do as good a job as you know you could”

Trane TechnologiesTrane Technologies
Mechanical Engineering Co-Op
Jan. 11, 2021

“Everyone was so kind and didn't seem bothered no matter how many questions I had.”

WawaWawa
Mechanical Engineering Student
May 8, 2021

“It is a fair and secure job where one is given opportunities for promotion if one works well and shows enthusiasm toward the job.”

ReelPower Industrial
Mechanical Engineering Intern
Aug. 16, 2020

“Senior staff was really helpful and was there to teach new things and answer questions.”

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Mechanical Design Co-Op
Jan. 28, 2021

“Friendly team and I got a ton of valuable advice and insights for an intern.”

Vista ProjectsVista Projects
Mechanical Engineer
Feb. 11, 2020

“The team is genuinely interested in producing high quality work and cares about doing a good job.”

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