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Simulation Engineer, Simulation Analyst, Simulation Specialist, Modeling and Simulation Consultant, Virtual Simulation Consultant, System Simulation Consultant, Computer Simulation Consultant

Job Description

Imagine you own a company that wants to create a new product—but before starting the manufacturing process, you want to test the product first. How can you test it without actually making it? Through simulations!

Many companies rely on the expert services of Electronic Simulation Consultants to simulate and analyze models of their products to predict how they’ll function under various conditions. This process can include adjusting certain variables to compare how the product might work with small changes.

From cars and airplanes to electronic devices, medical equipment, and more, sophisticated simulations are key to visualizing, testing, and perfecting product designs in a virtual environment before they begin real-world production and testing!

Rewarding Aspects of Career
  • Develop innovative simulation models
  • Enhance product design and functionality
  • Potentially save companies huge amounts of money
  • Contribute to the advancement of technology in various industries
  • Make a significant impact on product safety and reliability
2022 Employment
2032 Projected Employment
The Inside Scoop
Job Responsibilities

Working Schedule
Simulation Consultants typically work full-time, with occasional overtime during critical project phases. The role may require travel for client meetings, presentations, or collaborative projects.

Typical Duties

  • Provide consultation services on simulation techniques and best practices
  • Review business operation challenges and offer insights
  • Communicate with clients and team members to understand project requirements
  • Develop or adapt simulation software such as models for electronic 
    systems and components and predictive models for system behavior forecasting  
  • Conduct virtual testing to evaluate system performance under different scenarios
  • Integrate live data into simulations for real-time scenario analysis
  • Perform sensitivity analyses to assess system responses to changes
  • Conduct “bottleneck analyses” to identify system constraints
  • Analyze root causes for risks; create risk mitigation models
  • Analyze simulation results; identify potential improvements or problems
  • Use simulation data for proactive system design adjustments
  • Assist in troubleshooting and problem-solving in electronic system development
  • Collaborate with engineers and designers to refine designs
  • Participate in interdisciplinary teams to integrate simulations with overall system designs

Additional Responsibilities

  • Provide simulation-based decision-making support
  • Assist businesses with optimizing resources
  • Ensure the accuracy and reliability of simulation results
  • Prepare detailed reports and presentations on simulation outcomes and recommendations
  • Keep abreast of advancements in simulation technology and software
Skills Needed on the Job

Soft Skills

  • Adaptability
  • Analytical thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Detail-oriented
  • Independent
  • Innovative
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Observant
  • Patience
  • Methodical
  • Leadership
  • Problem-solving
  • Strong communication skills

Technical Skills

  • Proficiency in simulation software and tools
  • Strong understanding of electronic systems and components
  • Knowledge of computational methods and numerical analysis
  • Experience in data analysis and interpretation of simulation results
  • Familiarity with programming languages used in simulation (e.g., C++, MATLAB, Python, and Java)
  • Understanding of engineering principles and practices
  • 2D/3D discrete-event simulation programs (Automod, Simul8, MiniTab, Tableau, PowerBI)
  • Finite element analysis programs (ANSYS, COMSOL, Abaqus, Hypermesh)
  • Experience with Unix/Linux OS
  • Math model development and real-time software applications
Different Types of Organizations
  • Aerospace and automotive companies
  • Electronic component manufacturers
  • Engineering consulting firms
  • Healthcare technology companies
  • Research and development laboratories
  • Software development companies specializing in simulation tools
  • Universities and educational institutions
Expectations and Sacrifices

Simulation Consultants are vital in bridging the gap between theoretical designs and practical applications. In fact, their work can save clients millions of dollars by helping them avoid costly design errors. They also help to optimize processes, improve product quality, reduce the need for physical prototypes, and shorten the time it takes for a product to become available for purchase.

Simulation Consultants may face tight deadlines and pressure to deliver reliable, accurate results. Workers in this field sometimes face challenges in explaining complex simulation concepts to non-specialist audiences. As a result, they must be excellent communicators who can speak and present in layman's terms.

The job requires a good deal of continuous learning to keep up with advancements in simulation technology and methods, and that time spent learning isn’t always paid. 

Current Trends

AI and machine learning are increasingly used for simulations, enabling the development of more sophisticated, realistic models. In addition, the integration of virtual and augmented reality technologies is allowing users to interface in exciting new ways.

Another trend is a new twist on an older concept—the executable digital twin (or xDT), which places a digital twin on a chip and then “uses data from a small number of sensors embedded in the physical product to perform real-time simulations using reduced-order models.”

Additional trends include model-based systems engineering, additive manufacturing, generative design, and optimized digital materials…all of which you can read more about here

What kinds of things did people in this career enjoy doing when they were younger…

In their youth, Simulation Consultants were likely drawn to computer and video games emphasizing strategy and problem-solving. They might have enjoyed building models or electronic kits and were interested in computer programming, as well as science and technology in general. 

Education and Training Needed
  • Electronic Simulation Consultants typically need a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering, systems engineering, applied physics, or a related field
  • A master’s degree or higher may be preferred for advanced positions
  • Relevant coursework includes:
  1. Circuit Theory
  2. Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
  3. Control Systems
  4. Digital Signal Processing
  5. Electromagnetics
  6. Microprocessors and Microcontrollers
  7. Numerical Methods
  8. Programming Languages (e.g., C++, Python)
  9. Simulation and Modeling Techniques
  10. System Dynamics
  • Students can gain experience through internships in electronics or engineering firms, where they can work on real-world simulation projects
  • Common relevant certification options include:
  1. Modeling and Simulation Professional Certification Commission - Certified Modeling and Simulation Professional
  2. Project Management Institute - Project Management Professional
  3. International Council on Systems Engineering - Certified Systems Engineering Professional
  4. MathWorks - MATLAB Certification
  5. ANSYS - Ansys Certification
  6. IEEE Computer Society - Certified Software Development Professional
  7. American Society for Quality - Six Sigma Certification
Things to look for in an university
  • Seek an ABET-accredited program in electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering, systems engineering, or applied physics
  • Assess faculty qualifications and achievements. Evaluate the facilities for modern, well-equipped labs and research spaces
  • Investigate partnerships with industry and research institutes for enriched learning experiences
  • Consider post-graduation outcomes like job placement rates and the strength of the alumni network
  • Weigh the cost of tuition against available financial aid and scholarship opportunities
  • Decide on the program format (on-campus, online, hybrid) based on personal scheduling needs and learning preferences
Things to do in High School and College
  • Ask a seasoned Simulation Consultant to do an informational interview so you can pick their brain about the job and how they got started!
  • Watch videos and read blogs related to the career field to familiarize yourself with current simulation technology trends
  • Check out job descriptions posted on employment portals to determine the most current job qualifications and areas of specialization that might interest you
  • In high school, load up on math (algebra, geometry, pre-calculus, calculus), statistics, computer science or programming, physics, chemistry, and English composition
  • Study common programming languages like C++, MATLAB, Python, and Java
  • Engage in extracurricular activities such as computer clubs to learn new things and gain soft skills in teamwork, leadership, and project management
  • Participate in simulation competitions to showcase your skills
  • Join online simulation-related forums and discussion groups
  • Keep track of your work and academic accomplishments for your resume and college applications
Typical Roadmap
Electronic Simulation Consultant Roadmap
How to land your 1st job
  • To work as a consultant, you may need to first gain relevant work experience in the industry, perhaps as a research assistant, intern, or software engineer
  • Upload your resume on job portals like Indeed, SimplyHired, Monster, USAJobs, ZipRecruiter, and Glassdoor, and sign up for alerts
  • Review job ads and look for keywords to list on your resume, such as:
  1. Circuit Analysis
  2. Computational Fluid Dynamics
  3. Computational Modeling
  4. Computer-Aided Design
  5. Electronic Simulation
  6. Finite Element Analysis
  7. MATLAB/Simulink
  8. Prototype Testing
  9. Python Programming
  10. Signal Processing
  11. System Dynamics
  • Research potential employers that rely on electronic simulation. Check out the career pages on their websites regularly for updates
  • Look for internships to get your foot in the door
  • Network with professionals in the field through conferences, seminars, LinkedIn, and online forums. Let your network know you are looking for work!
  • Ask former supervisors or teachers to write recommendation letters or request their consent to list them as references
  • Ask your university’s career center for help preparing resumes and doing mock interviews
  • Prepare for interviews by brushing up on simulation-related terminology and trends
  • Review Simulation Consultant resume templates and sample interview questions
  • Dress professionally for job interviews
  • Depending on your level of experience, you may launch your own independent consulting business if you don’t want to work for someone else
How to Climb the Ladder
  • Speak with your supervisor or a manager about advancement
  • Seek feedback for continuous personal and professional development
  • Maintain solid relationships with clients or stakeholders
  • Prove your value by turning in top-quality work that exceeds expectations
  • Keep your skills sharp by learning the latest simulation software and methodologies
  • Take on challenging projects to showcase your capabilities and versatility
  • Consider pursuing a master’s degree and/or specialized certifications to advance your expertise
  • Focus on a high-demand niche like aerospace, automotive, or healthcare technology
  • Take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and earn a National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying’s Engineer In Training certification, if applicable
  • Pursue a National Society of Professional Engineers’ Professional Engineer (PE) license, if applicable
  • Grow your reputation and professional network through industry associations
  • Contribute to industry publications to showcase expertise
  • Mentor junior colleagues or interns to develop leadership skills
  • Engage in cross-functional collaboration projects to demonstrate versatility and team integration capabilities
  • Learn the business aspects of simulation projects, like budgeting and project management
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Plan B

Simulations are important for organizations to test and adjust designs before going into mass production. The demand for qualified consultants should remain strong, but it can take years to gain sufficient experience and expertise to become a consultant.

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