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Calculation engineer (m/f/d)

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Calculation engineers: optimising developments by means of simulation calculations

Calculation engineers use simulation software to carry out computational experiments. Based on the related results, they evaluate existing systems and make precise statements about, for instance, the resilience of materials or the stability of structures. These results also allow a reduction of the required working time and costs, an optimisation of the quality of the practical measurements and an acceleration of the development processes.

Which opportunities do calculation engineers have on the labour market?

Calculation engineers often require an academic degree in a field related to the industry they work in, e.g. in vehicle engineering, automation technology, electrical engineering, food technology or chemical engineering. Moreover, they can further develop their skills and qualifications by completing a postgraduate study programme in mechanical engineering, civil engineering or, again, electrical engineering. In the automotive, chemical, electronics and pharmaceutical industry, calculation engineers currently have the best prospects. Learn more about the areas calculation engineers can work in!

What are the tasks and responsibilities of calculation engineers?

Calculation engineers have a broad range of different tasks. They simulate and analyse all types of product developments and optimisations by means of specific digital simulation technology and are responsible for theoretical analyses. Therefore, they play a significant role in the improvement of developments and the design of more secure and durable products.

Furthermore, they document measurements, evaluate and analyse results and use these results to develop and coordinate solutions for technical problems with customers, suppliers and production employees.

  • Preparation and execution of digital simulations and calculations
  • Evaluation of results
  • Presentation and discussion of the results with the responsible specialist departments
  • Documentation
  • Development of technical solutions to meet specific customer requirements

Which hard skills and soft skills should calculation engineers have?

Calculation engineers should not only possess technical expertise but also a good command of the common simulation and 3D visualisation software. Besides, they require good communication skills and very good German and English skills to be able to properly communicate with different specialist departments.
Flexibility and a structured and independent way of working belong to the soft skills calculation engineers should have.

  • Good problem-solving skills based on an analytical way of thinking
  • A good command of Office applications
  • Quality awareness
  • Organisational talent
  • Team spirit

What is the average salary of calculation engineers?

In Germany, the average annual salary of calculation engineers is between EUR 42,000 and EUR 52,800, with starting salaries amounting to between EUR 36,000 and EUR 45,000 per year. Experienced calculation engineers, on the contrary, have an average gross annual salary of between EUR 60,000 and EUR 79,000.

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