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'll usually need a foundation degree, an HND or a degree in a subject like:
- Engineering product design
- Industrial design
- Computer aided design engineering
- Engineering design and manufacture
- Materials science
- Mechanical, Electrical and Civil Engineering qualifications may also help.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
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
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- Aerospace engineer
- Aerospace engineering technician
- Materials engineer
- CAD technician
National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE. Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.
Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.
- 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 and a good knowledge of CAD software
£20,000 to £55,000