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Thermal Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Specializes in in thermodynamics used in the fields of heat transfers and energy conversion.

Job Outlook

There were 11 Thermal Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 779 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Mechanical Engineer industry, which includes the Thermal Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Thermal Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $94,750.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $82,555.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Thermal Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $84,646.

Education and Experience

Posted Thermal Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree49%
Master's Degree46%
Doctoral Degree5%
Other0%

Posted Thermal Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years16%
3 to 5 years50%
6 to 8 years18%
9+ years17%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Thermal Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (48%)
  • Problem Solving (25%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (24%)
  • Research (21%)
  • Planning (16%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Mechanical Engineering (54%)
  • Simulation (26%)
  • Ansys (20%)
  • MATLAB (17%)
  • SolidWorks (16%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Physics (19%)
  • Packaging (17%)
  • Product Development (16%)
  • Thermodynamics (16%)
  • Calculation (15%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (6%)
  • PTC Creo (6%)
  • Structural Failure Analysis (5%)
  • Aerodynamics (5%)
  • Engineering Analysis (5%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Level design (4%) – marginal value $2,943
  • Electric Vehicle (2%) – marginal value $2,281
  • Hardware Experience (6%) – marginal value $2,127

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Thermal Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Senior Thermal Engineer
  • Thermal Mechanical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Senior Engineer, Exterior Trim

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Thermal Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Lucid Motors Inc (57)
  • The Boeing Company (26)
  • Northrop Grumman (23)
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation (22)
  • Raytheon (20)

North Carolina

  • Legrand (2)
  • Siemens (2)
  • Actalent (1)
  • Cisco Systems Incorporated (1)
  • General Electric Company (1)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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