Design and development engineers


Average Annual Pay

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Average Weekly Hours

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Unemployment Rate

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Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


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


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.

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.

Common job titles

Engineer, design, hardware
Engineer, clinical
Designer, avionics
Engineer, factors, human
Designer, circuit (telecommunications)
Engineer, design, mechanical
Engineer, research and development
Designer, electrical
Specialist, factors, human
Engineer, design and development
Designer, electronics
Psychologist, environmental
Consultant, design (engineering)
Engineer, illuminating
Engineer, design and test
Designer, systems
Engineer, development
Engineer, r and d
Engineer, robotics
Designer, machinery, electrical
Integrator, systems (engineering)
Designer (metal trades)
Engineer, design
Engineer, lighting
Engineer, systems, control

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.