Product Design Engineers may work in several different sectors where they are required to use their creativity to develop new products and improve existing ones. They research ideas and processes that lead to new product development or transfer existing technology to new uses. They apply innovation and they generally work in multi-disciplinary teams alongside design teams, materials engineers, manufacturing engineers and mechanical engineers to make the solution a reality. They see a product transform from an idea at the conception stage right through to mass production. They work closely with the end users and customers to realise the market needs.
There are many industries and companies with roles that could involve things like:
• Innovating bathroom fittings for all users (able, elderly and/or disabled users)
• Conceiving and designing new street lighting that meets European and local heritage standards
• Researching and developing solutions to support disaster recovery, health and hygiene for remote areas
• Creating new packaging solutions for a variety of high-end products to protect the products during the delivery process
• Designing tools, moulds, jigs and fittings for CNC machines for a part for mass production
• Generate concept, design and prototype new products for example folding sustainable coffee cups
• Prototype engineering toys for the domestic market.
Product design engineers are sought after by a wide variety of industries for example:
• Embedded systems suppliers: designing the casing for electronics, from laptop case to WiFi router box
• Engineering fabrication workshops: designing, manufacturing and fabricating bespoke one-off parts and prototypes for a variety of customers.
• Financial organisations: design engineers are also highly sought after for their data processing and investigating abilities for industry audits, accountancy and consultancy
• Legal sector for technical reviewing, advising, and approving patents.
Please note that some career paths are subject to further academic study and qualifications may require industrial sponsorship or be dependent on the employer and the economic or sector demand.