Design and development engineer

Alternative titles for this job include Research engineer, industrial designer

Design engineers improve product performance and efficiency while researching and developing new manufacturing ideas and systems.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter

to

£55,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become a Design and development engineer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship

University

You'll normally need a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree to become a design engineer.

You could choose from subjects like:

  • engineering product design
  • industrial design
  • computer-aided design engineering
  • engineering design and manufacture
  • materials science

Mechanical, electrical and civil engineering qualifications may also be acceptable to employers.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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Apprenticeship

You may be able to start by taking a product design and development engineer degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and college qualifications like A levels for a degree apprenticeship

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Further information

You can get more details about engineering careers and training from the The Institution of Engineering Designers and Tomorrow's Engineers.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • design skills and knowledge
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • You will be expected to use a computer confidently as part of this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties would depend on the project, but could include:

  • research (using mathematical modelling to work through new developments and innovations)
  • design (turning research ideas into technical plans for prototypes using computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-assisted engineering (CAE) software)
  • testing (collecting and analysing data from prototype testing)
  • modifying designs (ahead of manufacture or installation)
  • reporting (writing or presenting to project managers and clients)

Working environment

You could work in an office.

Career path and progression

You can work in industries from construction and engineering to electronics and renewable energy. You can progress your career by working towards incorporated or chartered engineer status and registering with an industry body.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Electrical Engineer Apprenticeship

  • Wage : £16,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Buckingham MK18 3NQ

Courses In England

Design & Technology: Engineering Design A Level

  • Provider: St George's Academy
  • Start date: 01 September 2019
  • Location:

Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering (Product Design)

  • Provider: Selby College
  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: SELBY

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