Design Engineers are involved in the research and development of new products and systems and improving the performance of the existing ones, this could be in a range of sectors such as construction, energy, IT, manufacturing or mechanical engineering.
You can get this job through:
You may be able to start by taking a product design and development engineer degree apprenticeship.
You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship.
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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.
You'll usually need:
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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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.
Related careers you may be interested in:
- Aerospace engineer
- Aerospace engineering technician
- Materials engineer
- CAD technician
- Strong problem solving skills
- excellent communication skills
- a creative flair for new ideas and designs
- an awareness of the environmental impact of designs
- a good understanding of manufacturing and its processes
- good knowledge of CAD software
£20,000 to £55,000