Work Nature

  • Industrial/product designers create a wide range of items, from everyday products, such as mobile phones, household appliances and cars. to larger items, such as industrial tools, equipment and machinery.
  • Meeting with clients to establish the design brief, including the concept, performance and production criteria.
    • Working on ideas as part of a team or developing design concepts using CAD (computer-aided design).
    • Taking part in specialist or multidisciplinary team meetings.
    • Sketching initial design ideas.
    • Identifying the suitability and availability of materials.
    • Producing detailed, final hand drawings and specifications or, more likely, using dedicated computer software (CAD) to produce design specifications, including parts lists and costings.
    • Making samples or working models by hand or using computerised prototyping equipment.
    • Testing the design concept by computerised modelling or physical hands-on testing of models.
    • Researching materials, processes or market requirements.
    • Arranging meetings and liaising with engineers and other departments, including marketing, to discuss and negotiate appropriate production processes, costs and commercial issues.
    • Occasionally travelling to clients' production facilities and evaluating the feasibility of production.
    • Making presentations to senior design management or clients, either when bidding for a contract or to present design proposals.

Key Skills

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • design

Occupations

  • Engineer
  • Industrial Designer
  • Mechanical Designer
  • Product Design Engineer
  • Product Designer
  • Product Designer
  • Product Development Engineer
  • Product Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Product Expert

Career Analysis

1 Fees
High
2 Demand
High
3 Salary
High
4 Level Of Preparation
High

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