Design and Development Engineers

Design and development engineers conceive engineering designs from product ideas or requirements in mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering.


New workers
£ 26,554
£ 41,916
£ 62,148

Available jobs

In the past year there were 65,460 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Prepares specifications for materials and other components.

  • Produces final design information for use in preparation of layouts, parts lists, etc..

  • Arranges construction and testing of model or prototype and modifies design if necessary.

  • Prepares working designs for steam, aero, turbine, marine and electrical engines, mechanical instruments, aircraft and missile structures, vehicle and ship structures, plant and machinery equipment, domestic electrical appliances, building systems and services, and electronic computing and telecommunications equipment.

  • Assesses product requirements, including costs, manufacturing feasibility and market requirements.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Product Design

  • New Product Development

  • Project Management

  • SolidWorks (CAD)

  • AutoCAD

  • Prototyping

  • 3D Modeling

  • Computer-Aided Design

  • User Experience (UX)

  • Engineering Design Process

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communications

  • Innovation

  • Management

  • Research

  • Problem Solving

  • Sales

  • Planning

  • Detail Oriented

  • Self-Motivation

  • Leadership

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.