Design and development engineer

Design engineers research and develop ideas for new products and the systems used to make them.

What does a design and development engineer do?

Design engineers research, design and test products in a variety of industries, ranging from electronics to synthetic textiles. They work on projects as diverse as the redesign of a mobile phone to the construction of motorcycle parts from carbon-fibre materials. 

What do I need to do to become a design and development engineer?

You’ll need to be good at problem solving and generating new ideas. You will also need to be able to use computer-aided design software. 

You would normally need a foundation degree, HNC/HND or degree to become a design engineer. Relevant subjects include engineering product design, industrial design and computer-aided design engineering.

You may also be able to get into this career starting off as an engineering technician apprentice with a manufacturer or engineering company and then continuing your training on a higher apprenticeship in advanced manufacturing engineering.

Related skills

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Technical ability

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You can find opportunities across many industries, including construction; electronics and consumer goods manufacturing; shipbuilding; aerospace; railways and motor vehicles, as well as power generation.

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