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Stress Analyst Engineer

Overview: Stress analyst engineers perform laboratory tests to measure the ability of commercial products to withstand stresses of severe temperatures, vibration, motion and weight load. Test data for electronic components and systems are analyzed using mathematical formulas and computer models.
Duties: Conduct stress analyses on engineering designs for electronic components of airplanes, bridges, machinery, etc. using mathematics and computer-assisted engineering design programs.

They analyze ability of products to withstand stresses imposed by conditions such as temperature, weight loads, motion and vibration. May specialize in earthquake vibrations.

They formulate 3-dimensional computer models of a newly proposed product on computer displays to analyze engineering designs and specify stress requirements.

They build product models of wood, metal or synthetics to perform laboratory tests and observe damage caused when different kinds and amounts of stress are placed on the model.

Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
Job Outlook: Employment as a stress analyst engineer is expected to grow faster than average through 2018. Opportunities will be in materials testing working as a civil, structural, or mechanical engineer.
Salary Range (National Average): $47,000 to $52,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree from an accredited engineering program with an emphasis in materials science, structural and civil engineering, and physics is the usual educational background required for this occupation. Courses in metallurgy, ceramics, statistics and computer-aided simulation and design are essential.
Advancement Info: Beginning engineering graduates usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers and, in large companies, also may receive formal classroom or seminar-type training. As new engineers gain knowledge and experience, they are assigned more difficult projects with greater independence to develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions. Engineers may advance to become technical specialists or to supervise a staff or team of engineers and technicians. Some may eventually become engineering managers or enter other managerial or sales jobs.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • Using your hands to operated fine instruments and precision tools.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.