Opto-Mechanical Engineer Career

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Opto-Mechanical Engineer

Career Area: Engineering

Occupation Group: Mechanical and Related Engineers

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Opto-Mechanical Engineer earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $93,323

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $94,448

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Develops and designs systems that integrate optics (lenses, mirror, prisms) into mechanical structures.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

Growth
North Carolina6+14.8%
Nationwide726+8.8%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Opto-Mechanical Engineer is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.
  • Problem Solving: Problem solving consists of using generic or ad hoc methods, in an orderly manner, for finding solutions to problems.
  • Research: Experience performing creative and systematic work to understand a product, market, or customer, either before building a new solution, or to troubleshoot an existing issue
  • Troubleshooting: Troubleshooting or dpanneuring is a form of problem solving, often applied to repair failed products or processes on a machine or a system.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Mechanical Engineering: Mechanical Engineering, is the discipline that applies engineering, physics, and materials science principles to design, analyze, manufacture, and maintain mechanical systems.
  • Physics: Knowledge and working experience of the branch of science concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy.
  • Mechanical Design: Mechanical Design or Machine Design is the branch of Engineering Design. Machine design or Mechanical Design can lead to the formation of the entirely new machine or it can lead to improvement of the existing machine.
  • System Design: System design is the process of defining the architecture, modules, interfaces, and data for a system to satisfy specified requirements.
  • SolidWorks: Working experience of SolidWorks, which is a solid modeler, and utilizes a parametric feature-based approach which was initially developed by PTC (Creo/Pro-Engineer) to create models and assemblies. The software is written on Parasolid-kernel.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Opto-Mechanical Engineer that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Hardware Experience: Experience developing hardware that provides a user-friendly experience, allowing the user to interact with the software or hardware in a natural and intuitive way.
  • Nastran / Patran: Working experience of Nastran / Patran. NASTRAN is a finite element analysis (FEA) program that was originally developed for NASA in the late 1960s under United States government funding for the aerospace industry.
  • 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing (AM): Working experience of 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing (AM), which refers to processes in which material is joined or solidified under computer control to create a three-dimensional object, with material being added together (such as liquid molecules or powder grains being fused together). 3D printing is used in both rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing (AM).
  • Lens Design: Working experience of Lens Design. Optical lens design is the process of designing a lens to meet a set of performance requirements and constraints, including cost and manufacturing limitations.
  • Photonics: Working experience of Photonics, which is the technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon.

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills:

  • COMSOL: Working experience of COMSOL, which is a commercial software package that uses finite element method in solving differential equations.
  • Level design: Working experience of Level design. Level design, environment design, or game mapping is a discipline of game development involving creation of video game levels locales, stages, or missions.

Education

This career typically requires the following level of education. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

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Education Level%
Bachelor's Degree100%
Master's Degree0%
Doctoral Degree0%

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years17%
3 to 5 years38%
6 to 8 years24%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Opto-Mechanical Engineer
  • Senior Opto-Mechanical Engineer
  • Optical Design Engineer
  • Senior Optical Design Engineer
  • Mechanical Systems Design Engineer

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