Design engineers research and develop ideas and systems for manufacture. They also work to improve the performance and efficiency of existing products.
There will be
3% more Design and development engineer jobs in 2023.
In your local area
You'll work in a variety of industries, from electronics to synthetic textiles, on projects as diverse as the redesign of consumer products like mobile phones to the construction of motorcycle parts.
Your day-to-day duties would depend on the project, but could include:
You'll usually need a foundation degree, an HND or a degree in a subject like:
Mechanical, electrical and civil engineering qualifications may also help.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
Starter salary: £20,000 to £27,000
Experienced salary: £30,000 to £40,000
These figures are a guide.
You'll usually work 37 to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday.
Most of your time would be spent in a design or drawing office, with occasional travel to meet clients.
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.
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