Are you looking for a new Design/Development Engineer role? Let us take you through the day to day role of a Design Engineer and what you need to become one.
Design Engineers are often tasked with solving problems through the design and development of new products, current products or the manufacturing processes involved to make these products.
Design Engineers, also known as Product Design Engineers, Mechanical Design Engineers or Industrial Design Engineers, are highly skilled professionals, with specialist knowledge in product design and engineering concepts. In many cases design engineers will specialise in the design of one specific product.
Most positions require a degree in a relevant subject. However, some positions do allow applicants with a foundation degree or HNC/HND. There are many universities which now have specialist courses for Design Engineer roles, such as at Loughborough.
Experience or knowledge of 3D CAD packages such as AutoCAD is advantageous. Knowledge of materials, technology and the manufacturing process are a must. If you are a good problem solver, can think analytically and have excellent communication skills then design engineering could be for you.
What you can expect
Graduate salaries start at around £20,000, with further experience your expected salary can increase to £45,000, with further progression, Senior Product Designers can earn £60,000 or more.
The engineering industry is constantly changing, now at a quicker rate than ever with constant break throughs in technology and new products using this technology. Being at the forefront of this will provide an interesting and challenging career. Working conditions are dependant on the specific industry you work in, the majority of your time is office based work and in office hours. Occasionally visits to clients is needed which can result in work outside normal times and in different locations.
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