Design Engineer

Average Salary
Degree Requirements
Bachelor's Degree

Do you see everyday products and find ways to improve them? Design engineers combine creativity with engineering principles; they research and develop ideas for new, more efficient products and seek ways to expand functionality in existing products – such as transferring a Fitbit to animals to help track health and productivity.

Also known as: Mechanical Project Engineer, Mechanical Design Engineer, Senior Design Engineer, Machine Tool Design Engineer, Product Design Engineer
Equipment Selection
Learning Strategies
Operations Analysis
Quality Control Analysis
Systems Analysis
Systems Evaluation
Technology Design
Investigate and analyze ways in which existing products and components could be improved
Advise on new product development
Write technical reports that summarize findings
Identify new systems, processes and materials to increase quality, efficiency and save costs
Use computer-aided design software to create prototypes
Collect and analyze prototype testing data
Adjust product design according to research, consumer feedback and testing data
Communicate and collaborate with the clients, colleagues and contractors
Manage development cycle ensure on time product delivery
Meet Caleb
Facility Design Lead
Beck's Hybrids
"My advice for anyone coming out of college, getting ready to go to college, maybe not sure about college, don't write skilled trades off. They are something that can be used in the agbioscience industry; that can be used beyond that industry. Even if you have an interest of going to college, considered doing a skilled trade apprenticeship as well."
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