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Job Description

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.

Entry Requirements

You can get this job through:

Apprenticeship

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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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.

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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More information

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

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
  • Ergonomist

Required Skills

  • 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

Salary Range

£20,000 to £55,000

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