Sheet Metal Design / Mechanical Engineer

$70,000 - $85,000*

A sheet metal design engineer is typically a mechanical engineer that takes a winning proposal and provides documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how structures will be fabricated. These plans can be developed utilizing CAD drawings and BIM models to bring examples such as an HVAC system design, a building exterior, or a retractable roof of a stadium to life.

Sheet metal design engineers also spend time:

  • Developing the feasibility of a plan
  • Researching and analyzing customer design proposals, specifications, manuals, or other data to evaluate the cost, or requirements, of designs or applications

Key Skills

The sheet metal design/mechanical engineer job is ideal for someone who is:

  • Computer savvy
  • Organized
  • Creative
  • Analytical
  • Collaborative
  • Knowledgeable about basic HVAC systems and terminology
  • Excellent at problem solving and decision making
  • Effective at communicating with supervisors, peers, and support staff


  • Degree in mechanical engineering, mechanical engineering tech, or relevant tech degree
  • Relevant work experience
  • CAD experience

Typical Benefits (may vary)

  • Health insurance
  • Dental coverage
  • Paid holidays and vacation
  • Paid sick days
  • 401(k)

Average Annual Base Compensation*

  • $70,000 to $85,000

*Based on data from various career salary sites

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