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Career spotlight

Design and development engineers

Average National Salaries (2020)

Age 20

£17,680 pile of coins

Age 35

£43,680 pile of coins

Age 50

£52,520 pile of coins
Average salary in the East Midlands: £47,320

What does this career do?

Design and development engineers conceive engineering designs from product ideas or requirements in mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering.

Typical tasks

  • assesses product requirements, including costs, manufacturing feasibility and market requirements
  • prepares working designs for steam, aero, turbine, marine and electrical engines, mechanical instruments, aircraft and missile structures, vehicle and ship structures, plant and machinery equipment, domestic electrical appliances, building systems and services, and electronic computing and telecommunications equipment
  • arranges construction and testing of model or prototype and modifies design if necessary
  • produces final design information for use in preparation of layouts, parts lists, etc.
  • prepares specifications for materials and other components.

Current entry requirements

Design and development engineers usually possess an accredited university degree or equivalent qualification. All routes are followed by periods of appropriate training and relevant experience in order to qualify for membership of a chartered engineering institution. Incorporated engineers possess an accredited university degree, BTEC/SQA award or an apprenticeship leading to an NVQ/SVQ at Level 4.

Percentage in work

  • Employed

  • Unemployed

Male
(2020)
Female
(2018)

Due to insufficient sample sizes, some data was excised.

Predicted employment status in 2022

  • Part-time

  • Self Employed

  • Full-time

Predicted employment levels in the East Midlands

Career related courses available at West Notts

There are no current courses offered by West Notts that are related to this career.

About the statistics

Data is powered by LMI for All and is sourced from labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Institute for Employment Research, the Department for Works and Pensions, and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

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