The Role of a Design Engineer

design engineerA design engineer creates the initial blueprints and schematics for various structures, systems, machines, or equipment. He or she is part of a design team that includes drafters and lead civil or mechanical engineers. Most people who do this job use advanced computer technology and applications, such as computer-aided design (CAD) software, to help them create and test virtual models. Depending on the type of structure or machine that is being built, an engineer may be asked to construct a physical model or prototype to test in realistic situations. Designers are employed in many different government organisations and industries, including research and development companies, construction firms, and product manufacturing plants.

What does a Design Engineer Do?

A professional design engineer communicates with planning committees and other engineering specialists to coordinate design plans. They may be given very direct orders or broad conceptual frameworks, and asked to create blueprints that can be translated into working structures. An engineer often begins the process by creating sketches by hand or using CAD programs. Computer software programs allow designers to draw detailed lines, form curves, and input measurements. Other programs can put designs through virtual simulations to test their integrity, efficiency, and effectiveness.

It is common for an experienced designer to take the lead on projects to create scale models or prototypes of his or her blueprints. With the help of engineering technicians and assistants, designers carefully follow plans and computer models to fabricate actual machinery, equipment, products, or models of buildings. Engineers put their models through physical tests to determine their practicality.

What a Design Engineer Should Know

It is important for a design engineer to thoroughly understand the machines or structures he or she draws. For example, a mechanical designer who works for a consumer electronics manufacturer may be asked to formulate schematics for a new television. In order to accurately organise and draw the internal parts, the designer must know what each piece does and how it fits into the system as a whole. He or she must also be familiar with the principles of electrical currents and how they are distributed through coils, wires, and transformers. By conceptualising the finished product, the engineer can create reliable plans.

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