Design engineers looking to maximize their salary should look for government work, if they can find it. According to the Design News annual career survey, engineers in the defense industry earn an average of $75k annually. That's compared to $67.1k for engineers overall. Worst industry to work in from a paycheck perspective? Machine tools. The average here is only $57.4k—just $5k more than GM will pay new hires.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
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