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Turbine Cooling Engineer Career Info

Explore the duties of turbine cooling engineers. Find out the training and skills requirements, in addition to the salary and employment outlook, to decide if this occupation is for you.

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Career Definition for a Turbine Cooling Engineer

Turbine cooling engineers work with turbine systems that generate energy from the flow of fluids or air. These engineers apply technology to design, maintain, and repair airplanes, jets, and energy producing equipment. Engineering consulting firms, manufacturers, and the military provide most of the available turbine cooling engineering jobs.

Required Education A bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering
Job Duties Include applying technology to design; maintaining and repairing airplanes, jets, and energy producing equipment
Mean Salary (2015)* $93,500 (mechanical engineers working in aerospace industry)
$81,820 (mechanical engineers - engine, turbine and power transmission equipment manufacturing)
Job Outlook (2014-2024)* 5% growth (all mechanical engineers)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Required Education

Turbine cooling engineers have bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering, frequently with an emphasis in energy science and engineering. In addition to general education classes, coursework for aspiring turbine cooling engineers includes thermal-fluids engineering, fluid mechanics and dynamics, thermodynamics, and combustion engine technology. The American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) recommends achieving Engineering Management Certification in order to advance to a management position within turbine cooling engineering.

Skills Required

Turbine cooling engineers are mechanically adept and skilled problem solvers. Turbine cooling engineers typically have interests in mathematics and computer applications. Because turbine cooling engineers interact with clients, managers, and other technical staff, they must be capable of communicating complex technical information to a diversity of audiences.

Career and Economic Outlook

The decline in the manufacturing industry will adversely affect job opportunities for turbine cooling engineers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor (BLS) expects available positions for mechanical engineers, including turbine cooling engineers, to grow about as much as the average profession between 2014 and 2024, with 5% growth.

Mechanical engineers working in the aerospace industry earned an average of $93,500 in May 2015. Meanwhile, those engineers working in engine, turbine and power transmission equipment manufacturing earned $81,820 on average, according to the BLS.

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Average employment growth of 7% was forecast for these engineers by the BLS from 2014-2024. Their work involves selling technological and scientific products and services to businesses, and they are normally required to have a bachelor's degree and good people skills. As of May 2015, sales engineers earned an annual average salary of $107,160, the BLS noted.

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With a bachelor's degree in petroleum, chemical or mechanical engineering, these professionals then seek employment developing methods to extract gas and oil from below the surface of the earth. Faster than average job growth of 10% was forecast by the BLS during the 2014-2024 decade, for these positions that paid an annual mean wage of $149,590 in 2015.

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