Design engineers come from a wide range of industries from the chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical, product or industrial design, and computer engineering fields. They use engineering techniques, mathematical knowledge, and design skills in creating unique industry solutions.
There are countless design engineer jobs available in the UK. But what degree or experience do you need to secure this job? What would work be like?
Qualifications and experience you need
There are several routes to get that design engineering career. It is standard that you have an engineering degree. Employers would normally look for a 2.1 undergraduate degree although they do accept a 2.2 degree. But the quickest way to earn a design engineering job is through an accredited MEng degree with at least four years of training, typically via a charter ship.
Experience is always helpful. Some employers provide final-year project work, internships, placements, and sponsorships. This allows would-be design engineers to gather contacts and widen their networks for future design work.
What to expect from work
Work in the design engineering field is usually office based. Nevertheless, client visits are still an integral part of the job. Site and plant visits are also required particularly for specializations in the mechanical, civil, electrical, and chemical industries. When at work or when meeting with clients, the dress code is professional. As with site or plant visits, it is expected that you wear a hard hat, required overalls, and protective equipment.
A design engineer’s working hours run the typical length from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. But since work is project based, deadlines will have to be met at all costs, so one usually have to spend extra hours at work. Remote work is also possible due to the job’s consultative nature.
Salary is ordinarily above average compared to most industries. The starting salary would range from £20,000 to £25,000 or more. Location also plays a role in city-based projects offering a bit more. For experienced and incorporated engineers, £30,000 is the minimum; while chartered engineers can get at least £40,000. Those who serve as consultants and project managers earn from £50,000 upwards.