CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) analysts are the design experts of the engineering world. They work directly with computers in the analysis of systems and processes to ensure that technological innovations work as they should.
Tasks which are found within CAE analysis might include Finite Element Modelling/Analysis (FEM/FEA) on, for example, engine components and assemblies, leading to recommendations for modifications to improve design. They would also be expected to perform physical experiments and produce their own data to back their recommendations. Reporting and documenting each analysis is normally expected by employers, which means that as well as understanding the processes, the science, and the computing, candidates should be able to display a high level of both verbal and written communication skills.
While employers usually expect at least a BSc in a specialist engineering area, such as mechanical engineering (as per the above example), there is also often an emphasis on continued professional development (CPD) within CAE jobs, and staff are expected to learn new techniques and keep up with new industry methods.
Salaries for CAE analysts range from £45,000 p.a. to around £60,000 p.a., and these wages tend to depend on a combination of educational achievement and relevant industry experience.