What does a Thermal Engineer do?
Thermal engineers design, build, and maintain mechanical systems and structures that function based on processes driven by heat transfer, thermodynamics, or similar principles. They commonly play a central role during the entire lifecycle of the thermal and cooling system development process, from concept and testing to execution and maintenance. They perform thermal analysis and testing processes, monitor system performance, and identify aspects that can be improved for greater efficiency. They may also provide ongoing support and troubleshooting assistance.
Thermal engineers typically have at least a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or a related discipline, although many roles require an advanced degree. They must have an in-depth understanding of heat transfer and thermal design principles. Hands-on experience using thermal simulation tools and related programs is an advantage.
- Conduct thermal analysis on various components of a missile system.
- Release results as 'technical documents' after review by the senior members of the team.
- Lead, mentor, and coordinate a team of thermal hardware engineers.
- Utilize the core competencies of thermal and fluid sciences, using and advancing analytical and experimental approaches to answer key questions about the performance and architecture of a system or component.
- Make decisions in the areas of day to day project details, such as conducting analysis, testing, and communication with stakeholders that impact and support the successful progression of projects.
- Provide independent execution of established work processes and systems, while still develop technology or product knowledge. engage with the improvement of systems and processes.
- Bachelor's Degree in engineering or computer science.
- Requires careful attention to detail.
- Advanced understanding of CNC principles and practices.
- Capable of working independently with minimal supervision.
- Adept at using common CAD programs and tools.
How much does a Thermal Engineer make?
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