From bridges and products we use every day, engineering design is everywhere. However, not everyone knows what an engineering designer does. Let’s take a closer look at this important role.
What Does an Engineering Designer Do?
Sometimes called “design engineers”, or simply “engineers”, engineering designers develop, test, and improve manufacturing processes and products. As a part of their work, engineering designers often have to create prototypes, test them, and analyze the resulting data.
Some common tasks of an engineering designer include:
- Developing or improving mechanical, electrical, or computer numerical controlled designs
- Designing new products
- Creating prototypes
- Drafting blueprints, technical drawings, and schematics
- Documenting projects
- Overseeing the manufacturing process
What Are the Most Important Skills For an Engineering Designer?
While not all engineering designers are the same, they all tend to have some key skills in common:
- Attention to detail
- Analytical thinking
- Good visual and spatial awareness
- Strong problem-solving skills
- Strong math and IT skills
- Project management skills
What Tools Do Engineering Designers Use?
Nowadays, engineering designers rely mostly on Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Engineering software to carry out their duties.
Computer-Aided Design consists in using computers to create, optimize, or analyze a design. Computer-Aided Engineering, on the other hand, can be defined as the use of software to simulate performance in order to improve designs or solve engineering problems.
Learn More About Engineering Design
Engineering design is an exciting field with myriad real-life applications. For example, these are some previous posts you can read to learn more about this fascinating topic.
- How is engineering design different from other types of design?
- What is engineering design?
- A basic glossary of engineering design: part 1and part 2
- Engineering design for children: 5 useful benefits
- What is the engineering design process?
- The amazing history behind Roman bridges
- What is a Gantt chart?
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