Profession thermal engineer

Thermal engineers design systems which provide heating or cooling, using thermodynamics, that transfer heat or energy through liquids and gases. They also construct these systems, and perform test to ensure proper functionality.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative


  • Thermodynamics

    The branch of physics that deals with the relationships between heat and other forms of energy..

  • Heat transfer processes

    Field of information which distinguishes three types of heat transfers, such as conduction, convection and radiation. These processes set limits to the performance of thermal engineered components and systems.

  • Mechanics

    Theoretical and practical applications of the science studying the action of displacements and forces on physical bodies to the development of machinery and mechanical devices.

  • Fluid mechanics

    The characteristics and properties of fluids, including gases, liquids and plasmas, at rest and in motion, and the forces on them.

  • Engineering processes

    The systematic approach to the development and maintenance of engineering systems.

  • Mechanical engineering

    Discipline that applies principles of physics, engineering and materials science to design, analyse, manufacture and maintain mechanical systems.

  • Thermal materials

    Field of information which distinguishes different kinds of thermally conductive and interface materials such as thermal modules used in electronic instrumentation and several energy applications. Their intention is to dissipate heat.

  • Technical drawings

    Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.

  • Engineering principles

    The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.


  • Manage engineering project

    Manage engineering project resources, budget, deadlines, and human resources, and plan schedules as well as any technical activities pertinent to the project.

  • Adjust engineering designs

    Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.

  • Design thermal requirements

    Engineer level design requirements for thermal products such as telecom systems. Improve and optimize these designs by using thermal solutions or experimentation and validation techniques.

  • Use thermal management

    Provide thermal management solutions for product design, system development and electronic devices used to protect high power systems and applications in demanding environments. These can be eventually collaborated with customers or other engineers.

  • Use technical drawing software

    Create technical designs and technical drawings using specialised software.

  • Use thermal analysis

    Use software tools such as Icepak, Fluens and FloTHERM as a means to develop and optimize thermal control designs in order to cope with a wide range of difficult problems regarding thermal products and properties of thermal materials.

  • Approve engineering design

    Give consent to the finished engineering design to go over to the actual manufacturing and assembly of the product.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Design thermal equipment

    Conceptually design equipment for healing and cooling using heat transfer principles such as conduction, convection, radiation and combustion. The temperature for these devices should stay stable and optimal, since they continually move heat around the system.

  • Interpret 2D plans

    Interpret and understand plans and drawings in manufacturing processes which include representations in two dimensions.

  • Interpret 3D plans

    Interpret and understand plans and drawings in manufacturing processes which include representations in three dimensions.

  • Design engineering components

    Design engineering parts, assemblies, products, or systems.

Optional knowledge and skills

computational fluid dynamics communicate with customers follow company standards cad software wear appropriate protective gear use testing equipment design firmware design prototypes report test findings develop product design ensure equipment cooling oversee quality control develop software prototype power engineering