After completing my engineering in 2018, the first question that I asked myself is how to become a mechanical design engineer in India. This was because I wanted to get a job as a mechanical design engineer.
So, I did research on google about this topic and also consulted with my seniors. Then, I understand how I can get a job as a mechanical design engineer, and just after seven months later I got a job as a mechanical design engineer.
In this article, I will guide you on how to get a mechanical design engineer job.
How to become a mechanical design engineer in India
To get a job as a mechanical design engineer, firstly you need to join a good CAD training institute that provides training for all the CAD software and also guarantees you to provide job placement after training. CAD training institutes provide you deep and practical knowledge about designing that is important to get a job as a mechanical design engineer.
Usually, big companies don’t give mechanical design engineer jobs for freshers. This is because it is necessary for a design engineer to have deep knowledge, good imagination ability, and experience in their field.
But, freshers don’t have such experience and deep knowledge. That’s why it is important for freshers to join any good cad training. When you join any cad training institute, they give you detailed and deep knowledge about designing and different CAD software.
Also, you get some experience by working on some designing projects in the cad institute. When you work on the projects, you understand how to work in a team and how to use your creativity to create perfect designs in a given time. That’s why big companies come to such cad training institutes to hire freshers for the post of the mechanical design engineer.
Which is the best CAD software for Mechanical Engineers
Catia is a very popular and widely used software in India. Catia is developed by the French company Dassault Systems. Many big companies in India use CATIA software. This software is mostly used by large automotive and aerospace companies.
Solidworks is very easy to use the software. It is very user-friendly software. This software is widely used by small to medium scale companies in India. The reason is that Solidworks is cheap and user friendly as compare to other softwares.
So, Catia and Solidworks are very important softwares to get a job quickly as a fresher. There are other good and important softwares, too, like Creo, NX, and Autocad.
But, I would recommend you to take training for all these softwares. This is because big companies use many CAD software. That’s why they prefer a candidate who can use many CAD softwares.
Also, if you can use all of these CAD softwares then it will help you with your growth in the mechanical design engineer career path.
How to choose a Good CAD Training Institute
You might have a question that how to get a mechanical design engineer job as a fresher. The answer to this question starts with choosing a good cad training institute. It is very important to choose a good cad training center.
Only join such a CAD training center that provides a mechanical design engineer job after the training. Even if the cad institute tells you that they will provide you a job after training, still you should do your manual research about the placement history of that cad institute. You can research the cad institute on Facebook, forums, or and on the different social media platforms.
Check what other people and your seniors are saying about that cad institute. Also, you can connect with the previous students of that CAD institute on social media and communicate with them about the CAD institute.
Mechanical Design Engineer Salary in India
The average salary for a mechanical design engineer in India as a fresher is Rs 28000. But, in reality, it depends on the company. For example, big MNC companies easily pay Rs 28000 for fresher mechanical design engineers. Middle scale companies pay nearly about Rs 20000 and small scale companies pay between Rs 12000 to Rs 20000 to the mechanical design engineer.
But, it doesn’t mean that you won’t get a salary of over Rs 30000 as a fresher. In fact, some of my friends got placed in big companies on a salary of over Rs 50,000.
What are the requirements to get a job as a Mechanical Design Engineer
The first and common requirement for most of the MNC companies is that candidates should have aggregate over 60%. But, there are many small and medium level industries that accept candidates with the aggregate below 60%.
Also, you must be good at aptitude tests. Because usually, the aptitude test is the first round in the selection process of the big companies. Second important thing is that you should be good at English or at least you should be able to answer the interview questions in English. The last and important requirement is that you should have detailed and deep knowledge about the cad softwares.
Mechanical Design Engineer Skills
As a mechanical design engineer, your work is to create or design the perfect machine that will fulfill all the requirements of the customers at minimum cost. That’s why you need creativity, imagination, and complete dedication. Creativity is very important for designing. Because every time you will have a new problem and you have to solve every problem with different solutions.
2) Design Calculations
In the process of designing any machine, you would need to calculate different things. You may have to calculate pipe diameter, water discharge, and heat production to design the perfect machine. That’s why you should know basic mechanical principles and you should be good in calculation
3) Time Management
You will come to know about how important time Management is for mechanical design engineers once you get a job. In a company, everyone wants you to complete your designing procedure as fast as possible. That’s why it is important for you to have time management skills.
4) Communication Skills
As a design engineer, you have to design machines that can fulfill all the requirements of the customers. That’s why continuous communication between you and the customer is required. You should be able to explain your ideas to the customers. Hence, communication skill is important for mechanical design engineer.
5) Good command on the CAD software
It is the most important thing for the design engineer. As a design engineer, you should know all the tools in the software and also you should know when to use them. If you have a good command of the CAD software then you can do your work quickly.
Now let’s discuss what are the benefits you will get if you become a mechanical design engineer.
Daily New Challenges
If you like challenging work then a mechanical design engineer is a good job for you. As a mechanical design engineer, you will face new challenges daily. Because as a mechanical design engineer you cant copy old designs for new products or you can say that you have to create something new every time. Also, you need to do your work in a given timespan.
Unlike the production engineer job, the mechanical design engineer is a desk job. Especially, for female mechanical engineers who want a desk job, the design engineer is a good choice for them.
As compare to the other departments, design engineers get good payment. Also, once you get an experience for 2-3 years as a mechanical design engineer then you can get a high paying job in MNCs.