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Design engineers are responsible for designing, testing, and optimizing manufacturing systems for commercial products. They utilize computer-aided design (CAD) software to develop and improve manufacturing systems. They often work in teams of other designers and engineers.

Employers look for design engineers who have at least a relevant bachelor's degree, but prefer design engineers with master's degrees. In optimizing systems, design engineers must have the ability to think analytically and quickly resolve issues. Read below to find out some of the most in-demand skills for design engineers.

What Are Design Engineer Resume Skills?


One of the most important hard skills design engineers across the board can possess is strong knowledge of and experience working with computer-aided design (CAD), as this forms the foundation of the job. It's also very important for design engineers to be fluent in programming languages such as C++, and have ample experience in creating equipment that improves product design.

When it comes to soft skills, design engineers should have finely tuned skills of discernment to ensure a consistently high systems quality. Design engineers need to do a good amount of data analysis as well, so analytical skills are also crucial.

Below we've compiled a list of the most important skills for a design engineer. We ranked the top skills based on the percentage of design engineer resumes they appeared on. For example, 7.1% of design engineer resumes contained layout as a skill. Let's find out what skills a design engineer actually needs in order to be successful in the workplace.

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The six most common skills found on Design Engineer resumes in 2020. Read below to see the full list.

1. Layout

high Demand

Here's how Layout is used in Design Engineer jobs:
  • Design and layout of electrical distribution facilities for electric cooperatives to serve Residential, commercial and industrial customers using AutoCAD 14.
  • Developed concept layout and design of electronic enclosures and custom products from customer specifications using SolidWorks.
  • Prepared cost effective and efficient engineering designs detailing construction layout in providing U-Verse service to customers.
  • Led and directed layout effort, performed design verification, silicon debugging, and delivered into production
  • Reviewed numerous engine cycle requirements and proposed conceptual bearing compartment design layout.
  • Designed low-power oscillators and interfaced with layout contractor for post-layout verification.
  • Worked temporarily in Manufacturing Engineering doing floor layout changes.
  • Elaborated equipment layout drawings and fabrication shop drawings.
  • Performed layout studies and investigative analysis.
  • Contract position - Design, Layout, Fixture Details and Component Specifications for an Automated Abrasive Wheel Assembly and Pressing Machine.
  • Analyzed results of calculations and makes required modifications to lighting layout so that the final product meets guidelines and department policy.
  • Designed Cause/Effect matrix, ESD block diagram, loop wiring, field remote panel and CCP terminations, cable tray layout.
  • Collaborated with Test, Structures, and Manufacturing Teams to develop requirements, initial layout, and instrumentation of Test Specimen.
  • Utilized PRO-E to create detail and layout drawings as required accordance with ANSI Standards (Y14.5) and used Geometric Tolerance.
  • Support design, layout, verification and bench evaluation of the NB3N121K and two additional test devices for potential new products.
  • Used industry standard CAD software to layout, detail design, and release drawings in support of all Bell Helicopter platforms.
  • Used AutoCAD to verify the physical layout of case and winding configurations designs before the initial manufacture of the product.
  • Calculated lighting systems parameters for each different roadway segment so that lighting layout can be designed to meet AASHTO guidelines.
  • Printed Circuit Board Design - lead engineer in design, layout and testing of printed circuit boards of reconnaissance systems.
  • Performed calculations, design and layout of HVAC systems, process piping and material handling systems for various industrial plants.

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2. Hardware

high Demand

Hardware is the physical part attached to a computer or other similar devices. Components are the internal parts of hardware which include RAM, hard drives, motherboard, and so on. External hardware devices which include, keyboard, mouse, printer, and so on are known as peripherals. All of these together are called computer hardware.

Here's how Hardware is used in Design Engineer jobs:
  • Verified market performance and stability during software upgrades and new RAN hardware integration to ensure product quality and seamless implementation.
  • Generated fundamental machine design calculations and developed geometric definitions of hardware components and assemblies for various components of gas turbines/compressors.
  • Steered design engineering initiatives, including setting the schedule to develop hardware, and signal processing embedded software application.
  • Managed Oracle/Sun based system and hardware deployments and provided data center problem/resolution methodology for Telecommunication Systems, Incorporated.
  • Lead System and Hardware designer for commercial video processing company, using massively parallel image processing equipment.
  • Completed analog and digital hardware design for microprocessor based Nickel Cadmium battery management subsystem for notebook PC.
  • Developed door mechanisms, including UG mechanism analysis of door and internal hardware movement and interaction.
  • Designed and developed various hardware systems based on various 68000 Motorola microprocessors use for ticket printers.
  • Performed conceptual and detail mechanical design for Extravehicular Activity space flight hardware for International Space Station.
  • Audit completed projects to account for hardware and validate that delivered service meets design specifications.
  • Allocated hardware to specific locations in satellite in order to assure proper orientation during orbit.
  • Packaged after treatment unit hardware on machine in accordance with provided specifications and requirements.
  • Developed hardware specification and provided project engineering support including engineering drawing generation and release.
  • Developed installation packages consisting of wiring harness assemblies, routing configurations and clamping hardware.
  • Take overall responsibility for system engineering, hardware design and embedded software design.
  • Designed hardware and wrote hardware/software interface specification for new cardiac support medical device.
  • Designed medium duty diesel engine accessory hardware in support of off-highway industrial applications.
  • Designed and performed structural modifications to satellite chassis for proper installation of hardware.
  • Designed and developed portable battery powered LED display testers for hardware functional verification.
  • Designed and implemented software to perform automated hardware test/verification in a production environment.

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3. Engineering Design

high Demand

Engineering design is defined as the method that engineers use to recognize and solve problems. It is an extensive and flexible approach to problem-solving and provides the necessary information needed regarding every step of the process. An engineering design is a collaborative effort of the team to identify problems underlying a process and find out ways to solve them.

Here's how Engineering Design is used in Design Engineer jobs:
  • Attended Engineering Release Meeting to answer any manufacturing, procurement, or project management questions pertaining to engineering design and processes.
  • Worked on advanced engineering design/analysis methods using Pro/E and its Behavior Modeling Extension as well as FEA to achieve quality/efficiency improvements.
  • Participated in weekly conference meeting with customer throughout product development, engineering design and reviews, built and evaluated prototypes.
  • Review and investigate engineering design issues, Engineering Liaison Request, Problem reports to address engineering errors requested by partner/suppliers.
  • Interacted with external customers to solve field complaints, internal customers to transform application requirements into engineering design inputs.
  • Performed Engineering Design and Project Management duties for successful completion of various projects; specializing in hydraulic piping design.
  • Experienced in performing engineering design calculations for equipment and assist with review of plans and specifications during proposal.
  • Conducted energy audits for preliminary engineering design, specification, and selection of various process equipment and instrumentation.
  • Specified system components or direct modification of products to ensure conformance with engineering design and client request.
  • Created drawings, bill of materials, engineering designs and manufacturing instructions to efficiently produce company products.
  • Performed civil engineering design related to landfill facilities, including on site engineering and construction oversight.
  • Supported engineering designs through analysis and simulation utilizing the Discrete Element Method for analyzing material flow.
  • Implemented technical information sharing and integration as engineering design team's liaison with client procurement team.
  • Specified trailer components and directed product modifications to ensure conformance with engineering design and performance specifications.
  • Convert customer and vendor specifications into engineering design data for use in part manufacturing and installation.
  • Execute engineering design and development activities consistent with customer quality, cost and schedule requirements.
  • Specify system components for products to ensure conformance with engineering design standards and performance specifications.
  • Tested extensively to ensure products met design intent and supported engineering designs through analysis and simulation
  • Review existing engineering designs for similarity of application and areas where standards may be utilized.
  • Contract position involving engineering design of automated sample handling operation and packaging for mass spectrometers.

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4. C++

high Demand

C++ is a general-purpose programming language that is used to create high-performing applications. It was invented as an extension to the C language. C++ lets the programmer have a high level of domination over memory and system resources. C++ is an object-oriented language that helps you implement real-time issues based on different data functions

Here's how C++ is used in Design Engineer jobs:
  • Developed architectural model of several microprocessors using C/C++.
  • Developed Windows application program using Visual C++.
  • Used C++, MFC, SQLOLE to investigate and analyze the different components involved in replication to identify bottlenecks & performances.
  • Involved in porting Energy Management System software from OS/2 environment to Windows 95/NT using Win32 API and Visual C++.
  • Developed utilities for parsing, generating dynamic source files and to test the devices using C++ and Visual Basic.
  • Write and debug embedded programs for Ethernet based products in C++ using Green Hills MULTI and Green Hills Probe.
  • Performed daily programming instructions for production machines, using AI, AO, DI, DO, C++ coding.
  • Modified Windows 95 standard serial port driver using OOD (Object Oriented Design) technique and C++.
  • Write and debug embedded programs for Ethernet based products using Eclipse for C++ on a Linux platform.
  • Assisted senior developer in development of software for US Department of Defense, using C++ and MFC.
  • Implemented C++ code for Network Management System software handling communications to network elements of GSM network.
  • Designed a vector generator in C++, which automated the generation of all model test vectors.
  • Prepared test requirements for electronic circuit evaluations and embedded systems coded in C and C++.
  • Developed supporting firmware using assembly, C, C++ and real time operating system.
  • Completed Pilot Ground and Instrument Flight Training, Online C++ and Visual Basic courses.
  • Build automatic test system by using serial step servo, C++, and assembly.
  • Developed configuration wizards using Visual C++, MFC, MS Access and SQL.
  • Modeled and Designed C++ based SAS protocol simulation environment for ASIC development.
  • Developed a fan loop control application thread on embedded Linux using C++.
  • Produced and enhanced diagnostics and test software using C/C++ in Visual Studio.

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5. UL

high Demand

Here's how UL is used in Design Engineer jobs:
  • Developed new products, produced prototypes and ultimately submitted viable product samples to UL for verification working in conjunction with sales/marketing.
  • Ensured compliance with industry standards and coordinate certification projects at Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories, such as UL.
  • Designed boards for installation within watt-hour meters meeting industrial temperature range and UL Safety requirements.
  • Facilitated in-plant inspections by UL and CSA representatives and addressed detected violations.
  • Verified vendor hardware meets design specifications including UL requirements.
  • Collaborated with Underwriters' Laboratory on various UL procedures and testing which reduced down time for UL variations by 25%.
  • Created test plans and monitored results to ensure product met all applicable standards, including UL 1598 and Energy Star V2.0.
  • Prepared, maintained, and updated product certification documentations in communication with approval agencies (UL, CSA & NSF).
  • Insured electric products met UL file requirements, resulting in successful UL inspections and continuation with their UL listing status.
  • Review, revise, and request revisions for product safety reports from certified testing agencies such as UL and ETL.
  • Designed fluorescent lighting fixtures and enclosures to UL and customer specifications using AutoCAD 2005 in both 2D and 3D imaging.
  • Gained familiarity with FM, CSA, UL, and Mil Specs, standards and requirements for design and testing.
  • Cross over sister company's product line by obtaining UL approval, making design changes, and creating drawings.
  • Researched National and International standards in addition to being a representative for new standards (UL & SAE).
  • Design of high volume specification grade indoor and outdoor HID lighting fixtures and related accessories to meet UL standards.
  • Redesigned mounting bracket and verified set-point temperature through several rounds of testing in order to meet UL safety requirements.
  • Extended test lab capabilities for third party testing services including UL, TIA 568A & B, and NEBS.
  • Light fixture and components designed per UL 1598 standards (Standard for safety of light fixtures for LED).
  • Collaborated with in house UL & vibration testing lab to ensure completed assemblies met safety and reliability standards.
  • Circuit & custom antenna design, system testing, component testing, testing for FCC and UL compliance.

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6. Engineering Drawings

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Engineering drawings are technical drawings that tell about the requirements for engineering components or equipment. Such drawings have standardized languages and symbols. There are multiple types of engineering drawings such as isometric drawing, orthographic or multiview drawing, schematic drawings, one view, and two view drawings, etc.

Here's how Engineering Drawings is used in Design Engineer jobs:
  • Worked with Honeywell Design Engineering group to research and define Engineering drawings and Bill of Material documentation for automated electronic implementation.
  • Detected flaws in interdisciplinary engineering drawings and provided customized solutions to ensure proper interface is maintained with minimal waste of resources.
  • Interpret and prepare engineering drawings, engineering calculations, investigate system problems and implement solutions within budget and schedule.
  • Design of reverse engineering aerospace structures; generating solid modeling and engineering drawings for rebuild Bell Helicopter products.
  • Performed inspections of new parts for validation and verification by sampling production and with comparisons to engineering drawings.
  • Participate in field industrial site visits to gather information or assist in interpretation of engineering drawings and specifications.
  • Worked closely with application engineer to generate customer drawings Prepared all engineering drawings to support manufacturing process.
  • Designed thermal components, developed verification & qualification test methods and released engineering drawings & manufacturing specifications.
  • Analyzed all engineering drawings to ensure accuracy and attention to detail, including all material tolerances.
  • Created database of engineering drawing notes to ensure uniformity among all engineering drawings across the company.
  • Interpreted Engineering drawings and facilitated correction of errors on drawings and documents identified during manufacturing operation.
  • Utilized SolidWorks to create solid models and engineering drawings for fabrication and assembly from thermodynamic models.
  • Initiated project objectives by studying design plans, engineering drawings, and reviewing specifications and requirements.
  • Coordinate design change requests and release changes to engineering drawings and documents with effected organizations.
  • Created engineering drawings using AutoCAD to develop thermal acoustic insulation systems for various aircraft customers.
  • Analyzed customer engineering drawings and documentation for material, unique processes, and quality elements.
  • Supervised and provided detailed instructions to ACAD operators preparing engineering drawings for various projects.
  • Research ergonomic alternatives for pallet stacking and create engineering drawings for multiple setup options.
  • Review numerous medical device product categories and structure product drawings into relevant categories.
  • Process development for manufacturing products, engineering drawings interpretation and production floor support.

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7. Product Design

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Product design can be described as a process of imagining, creating, and iterating products that solve user's problems and talk about the specific needs of users in the market. Product design is an engineering disciple and it is the basic design and idea that goes before the mass production of the product.

Here's how Product Design is used in Design Engineer jobs:
  • Implemented process improvements on the manufacturing floor, supporting more than 130 manufacturing personnel, taking suggestions and establishing design improvements.
  • Evaluated OEM audio products for reliability and performance developed and coordinated implementation of design improvements into released products with Asian CM.
  • Worked closely with manufacturing to develop efficient, repeatable assembly methods, and effective production solutions with new product designs.
  • Functioned as the electronics/electrical systems engineering resource for new product design, and existing product care for home refrigeration appliances.
  • Developed and implemented Product Design change system to adapt it to military requirements and to improve quality and manufacturing.
  • Coordinated scheduling, root caused failures, and instituted design improvements through several program phases including full-scale production.
  • Experience with product design/delivery process, initial design concept through post production support with continuous improvement activities.
  • Worked with product designer and developer to capture design intent and market requirement while maintaining manufacturing capability.
  • Used tolerance analysis to identify product design improvements to eliminate improper burn-in failures for a new technology.
  • Provided product design and development teams with timely conclusions and best actionable recommendations and solutions.
  • Conducted feasibility studies and calculated theoretical design envelopes for potential product designs and modifications.
  • Created an integration of technical requirements and customer desires to produce realistic product designs.
  • Collaborated with Chinese manufacturers to tailor the product design to their unique manufacturing capabilities.
  • Conducted engineering evaluations to determine design approaches and parameters for new product designs.
  • Coordinated with manufacturing and design team for continuous design improvements and cost optimization.
  • Verified accuracy and completeness of product design, by performing procedural drafting checks.
  • Developed test specification and validation procedures for new product designs including EMC analysis.
  • Maintain product design solutions with a focus on continuous improvement and development.
  • Support existing product designs and customer interface with sales and application engineering.
  • Researched and initiated design improvements in the packaging of electrical equipment.

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8. R

high Demand

R is a free software environment and a language used by programmers for statistical computing. The R programming language is famously used for data analysis by data scientists.

Here's how R is used in Design Engineer jobs:
  • Used CATIA v5 R 21, PRO-E 5 for modeling.
  • Project designed and constructed in less than 12 months Successfully argued increased seismic R value with building department.
  • Collaborate with R /D and Marketing to develop new products.
  • Performed R &D. Created prints and assembly drawings.
  • Prepare the data sheet, Purchasing R package and equipment specification
  • Developed an SPC program that performed X bar and R charts for implementing six sigma quality standards.

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What type of skills will young graduates need when they enter the workforce in the coming years?

Kerry Lunney

President of INCOSE, INCOSE

I don't believe it has largely changed from previous years. A new graduate needs to build experience on the foundational learning they have received in their domain through their education. This needs to be supplemented with their own investment in continuing to learn their "craft" and supplemented with skills in teamwork, written and oral communication, time management, design thinking, and risk management. In summary, a graduate must be adaptable and have the ability to show they can keep learning. You can argue this is more important today because of the speed of technology change, and the competition worldwide for roles, but this has always been the case, it is perhaps just more visible and evident now.Show more

9. Project Management

high Demand

Here's how Project Management is used in Design Engineer jobs:
  • Experienced in all phases of capital project management, from development of initial concept to securing funding approval through project implementation.
  • Designed and managed traffic systems engineering projects, project management, and client relationships for several local and regional engineering projects.
  • Interact with estimating, project management and quality assurance to support company efforts to adhere to requirements and budgetary constraints.
  • Managed and designed installation of capital improvement projects; supervised six Production Trainers blended with project management and design functions.
  • Awarded Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification; delivering best-practice agile methodologies to improve efficiency and quality.
  • Project responsibilities included all phases of project management, scheduling, product specification, test and manufacturing integration.
  • Perform Lead engineer role for assigned projects including customer interaction, vendor communication and project management as required.
  • Partnered with project management to create equipment schedules, ensure appropriate approvals and procurement of necessary materials.
  • Presented team projects to executive personnel and delegated the project management activities to the various departmental heads.
  • Proved excellent project management skills in delivering weekly reports and invoices accurately and timely to clients.
  • Completed project management duties such as contractor/vendor selection, scheduling, financial compliance and customer service.
  • Project management from concept through prototype to production of electrical harness systems for modular office furnishings.
  • Provide project management and construction management expertise to High-visibility Multi-Million Dollar Projects along the US-Mexico border.
  • Experience in Leadership and Project Management in providing LOE for projects based upon requirement analysis.
  • Support manufacturing, field service, marketing and project management with engineering solutions and expertise.
  • Project management, design, detailing, and installation of customized production machinery projects.
  • Experienced fast-track promotion through a series of increasingly responsible engineering and project management positions.
  • Project Management: Report preparation and finalizing, presenting the proposed design to management.
  • Developed scope of work documents that assisted installation and project management teams during implementations.
  • Provided Project Management of approximately $2M in capital undertakings from start to completion.

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10. RF

high Demand

Here's how RF is used in Design Engineer jobs:
  • Utilized theoretical RF engineering cabling calculations and formulas within Link Budget to create sufficient DAS coverage plans within commercial building applications.
  • Designed stamped, die-cast, injection molded and machined components/assemblies for RF connectors and cable/harness assemblies using Pro-Engineering and Auto-Cad software.
  • Supervised satellite RF system testing and processed measurement data for communication payload operation.
  • Provided software readiness assessment to upper management, RF market engineers before deployment.
  • Developed first carrier-to-noise generator, an embedded real-time RF wireless systems tester.
  • Design and develop RF Microwave Connectors per industry standards and customer requirements.
  • Designed innovative commercial RF integrated circuits for the wireless communications market.
  • Design and develop RF Microwave connectors per customer specifications.
  • Conducted testing and documented results for RF communication devices.
  • Performed audit & validation of the UMTS RF design put forward by AT&T and determined suitable conversion to LTE.
  • Designed wide variety of RF boards, analog, mixed signal, high speed boards, test boards and probe cards.
  • Evaluate, utilize, modify, and troubleshoot complex electronic circuitry (Analog, Digital and RF) to component level.
  • Designed integral RF sections of wide band radar systems used to test and evaluate the RCS characteristics of targets of interest.
  • Participate in Survey teams for RF Site Survey and site selection and issuance of work order for site Engineering and documentation.
  • Developed a Field Tester for MRI coils for large medical device company - power supply, sensor interface, RF controls.
  • Post silicon debugging in lab: o Respond for test chip with RF digital block functionality bring up and verification.
  • Directed global engineering efforts with manufacturing teams in India, China, Mexico and the U.S. for customized RF products.
  • Create lighting plans, both low and high voltage and design circuitry for RF dimmer and Lighting Key Pads.
  • Design and development of a wide range of Digital and RF equipment used in ground support of several spacecraft.
  • Combined 13 custom propriety readers into one firmware package and used RF to select options, huge cost reduction.

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11. CAD

high Demand

Here's how CAD is used in Design Engineer jobs:
  • Designed & developed state-of-the-art mechanical packages and antenna subsystems for satellite and aerospace applications using IDEAS and Auto CAD software.
  • Introduced company to mechanical CADD software and enveloped CAD drawing visibility into our company developed software.
  • Planned and designed telecommunication network using standard protocols and a CAD program.
  • Develop drafting/design standards and implementation with equipment specifications for CAD library.
  • Developed CAD department to include mechanical and electrical documentation control processes.
  • Designed schematics and blueprints for agricultural equipment utilizing CAD programs.
  • Provide design engineering and CAD support on automotive control components
  • Created CAD drawings to convey manufacturing and production configurations.
  • Provided company wide comprehensive CAD support for engineering.
  • Design engineering department CAD standards and training coordinator.
  • Designed tooling utilizing the Solid Works CAD software which doubled the production rate as well virtually eliminated chances of product error.
  • Design in CAD industrial custom machinery and conveyor lines (for food, cosmetics, beverage, packaging, etc.)
  • Provided Computer Aided Design (CAD) work which mainly included drafting and producing 3D models with lighting effects and rendering.
  • Design mechanical products in SolidWorks and CAD for companies such as Exxon and BP: a. magnetic tracking and locator pigs.
  • Worked in close interaction with Suppliers, Plant Personnel, CAE Group, Customers, Cad Designers and the Lab Group.
  • Used 3D CAD and CAE software to design new products, parts, systems, and machinery used in manufacturing environments.
  • Created technical parametric CAD data from non-parametric data of door hinges, latches & plastic components such as air filter components.
  • Make sketches of ideas by hand and computer, and develop the most effective ideas into detailed drawings using CAD software.
  • Created individualized training for 7 CAD Engineers to prepare MTO/BOM, Shop Drawings, Piping, Isometric and Weld Maps.
  • Conducted special projects in Research and Development for product efficiency and managed CAD system while addressing any technical issues related.

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12. IP

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Here's how IP is used in Design Engineer jobs:
  • Designed and executed SystemVerilog test benches and test sequences for digital verification of several analog IP blocks.
  • Participated and reviewed documentation on all IP network connectivity before implementing into the network.
  • Developed and delivered IP telephony best practice deployment standard documentations for small.
  • Provided Tier III support for VTC installations including IP and ISDN network troubleshooting, CODEC configuration, and secured systems troubleshooting.
  • Designed and characterized custom chips to demonstrate and test new design libraries, manufacturing processes, and blocks of IP.
  • Design and coding of the Host interface logic/Register Set for enabling the validation of an IP on ASIC prototyping platform.
  • Experience supporting various client requests for initiating Network Designs, up-speed orders, QOS adjustments, updating IP address settings.
  • Completed unit level test bench set up, writing test plan and test cases to verify Ethernet MAC IP.
  • Interacted with verification and validation teams to make sure they verified all the scenarios in AHB bus protocol IP.
  • Implemented bi-directional test modes to ensure that ports on IP's interface were controlled and observed via custom flip-flops.
  • Owned and enhanced documentation generation that combines component IP content to produce a complete specification at the SOC level.
  • Served as key member of Red Team to drive the IP reuses methodology across business groups inside TI.
  • Worked on separating the impedance calibration management block from the PHY and making it as a standalone IP.
  • Gained exposure in high-speed interface IP's like PCIE, USB3, SATA and also Digital PLL design.
  • Created test plans and programs for IP evaluation chips while establishing test criteria/limits for production test engineering teams.
  • Designed and configured large Cisco Wide Area Networks for MPLS, Frame Relay, IP and VPN customers.
  • Design of memory IP for incorporation in digital IC designs, including compilers and leaf cell PHY blocks.
  • Design of bracket attachments on Cluster to attach to Instrument Panel (IP) in Vehicle position.
  • Interfaced with market business units and National IP Engineering to gather and define market level design requirements.
  • Involved in design and implementation of H.323 and SIP based Voice over IP (VOIP) terminals.

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13. GD

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GD refers to Grade Delay and is often mentioned on report cards or academic records when the instructor of a particular subject decides to hold the grade of a student. This is usually done if the instructor wants the student to improve their grade by retaking the exam or doing something for extra credit that will ultimately enhance their overall grade. Eventually, when the grade is assigned, the GD is then replaced with the original grade.

Here's how GD is used in Design Engineer jobs:
  • Incorporated Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) principles and GD & T standards.
  • Prepared detail sketches with geometric dimension & tolerance stack up (GD & T).
  • Calculated the Tolerances and providing the GD & T on piece part drawings.
  • Created sheet metal brackets & its GD & T to mount brake components.
  • Involved in the drawing creation based on GD and Tolerances using AutoCad-2011.
  • Generate drawings that required GD & T to ensure part quality.
  • Worked partially on GD and T of sheet metal parts.
  • Check all drawings from concept to final release applying the methods GEOMETRIC DIMENSIONING & TOLERANCING (GD & T).
  • Use of software: Auto-CAD, Pro-E, ANSYS also used ASME standards and GD & T analysis techniques.
  • Applied a proper GD and T by brainstorming with the team.
  • Performed hand calculations, stackups, GD & T and ANSYS FEA analysis.
  • Release drawings & BOM in Navistar system with proper GD & T.
  • Created machine and cast part drawings using Solidworks utilizing GD & T. Worked closely with pattern shop, machine shop.

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14. Product Development

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Product development is the complete procedure of creating a product from concept until release of the final product. Product development has many stages after which a product is released into the market. Identifying the need, creating the opportunity, conceptualizing a product, and providing a solution, all are different stages of product development.

Here's how Product Development is used in Design Engineer jobs:
  • Simplified product development lead time by involving purchasing and manufacturing departments earlier in the design process and eliminating non-value added steps.
  • Worked directly with head-engineer on all product development of centrifugal slurry pump and vertical pumps used in mineral mining applications.
  • Supported manufacturing requests for dimensional and functional checks for product development, tooling modifications, new part and process implementation.
  • Prepared working drawings while applying knowledge of mechanical engineering technology, with collaboration of engineering and product development staff.
  • Lead New Product Development group designing and developing pneumatic cylinder products to be introduced in global automation market.
  • Worked with cross-functional teams including Analysis and Simulation, and Mechanical Development and Reliability for successful product development.
  • Prepared product development documentation including, user requirement specifications, design specifications, reliability and risk assessments.
  • Served as technical lead and executed engineering functions central to product development from inception to mass production.
  • Design chemical oxygen generators as part of a cross-functional team, using integrated product development processes.
  • Partnered with manufacturing to establish design standards for engineering to use in new product development.
  • Integrated mechanical component design, prototype manufacturing and product development of mobile vehicle emission analyzers.
  • Generated innovative ideas for new product development by collaborating with customers and other industry engineers.
  • Provided Visual Basic 6.0 custom programming to integrate SolidWorks into existing product development methodologies.
  • Managed product development of aluminum tube performance intake systems for automotive and truck applications.
  • Designed for manufacturing, monitored Product Development and SPM as per special requirements.
  • Design product development through production cycle, ensuring customer specification and quality control.
  • Supervised full-time and contract design engineers in sustaining and new product development activities.
  • Design Engineer: New product development, manufacturing optimization, in-field technical support.
  • Performed complex engineering analysis and problem solving methods to support new product development.
  • Researched additive manufacturing technologies and insured smooth implementation of existing product development process.

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15. Creo

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Here's how Creo is used in Design Engineer jobs:
  • Design verification & optimization through CREO Simulation.
  • Modeled and Simulated Mandrel Plug used in extrusion process and its cooling assembly using CREO & ANSYS fluent.
  • Performed CAE analysis to find out Modal frequency and stresses on components using CREO Simulate.
  • Conduct labs and teaching modeling software like CREO 2.0, Solid works, and AutoCAD.
  • Design of casting and machine parts utilizing Pro/E Wildfire 5.0 (CREO)
  • Routed cable harness throughout jet forward and aft using CREO cabling package.
  • Designed gearboxes using 20,000+ horsepower through CREO for computer modeling.
  • Earned over a 1,000 hours of PROE and CREO 4 CAD drawing experience.
  • Design Tools: Pro Engineer Wildfire 4, CREO, Windchill 7.
  • Used CREO 2 with Wind-chill 10.2.
  • Interpreted architectural floor plans and produced accurate 3D CAD model utilizing Creo Parametric design software for reverse engineering project.
  • Designed electrical connectors and utilized Creo to deliver robust engineering solutions to each customer's unique technical product requirements.
  • Design and develop complex injection molded drug delivery medical devices using Creo and SolidWorks.
  • Developed all designs leveraging expertise in Pro/Engineer CREO and Teamcenter.
  • Designed supercharger systems for automotive, motorcycle, sports craft & industrial use using CREO & Solidworks for models & drawings.
  • Design and develop heat insulation blanket concepts using ProE and Creo for large motor engines in automotive and agricultural forestry industry.
  • Created 3D models in Creo for parts and assemblies that did not have a model and only existed as a print.
  • Create welding and tooling fixtures, racks, tables, and carts using ProE Parametric, Creo 2.0 and 3.0.
  • Designed and developed components, assemblies, parts and hardware for Golf and Utility cars using Pro E and Creo.
  • Utilized PTC Creo to create 3D models, manufacturing drawings complete with GD&T, and preform FEA analyses.

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16. FEA

average Demand

The Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is software that can simulate physical phenomenon with the help of numerical procedures. FEA helps companies in developing better and cost-effective products by reducing the number of physical prototypes.

Here's how FEA is used in Design Engineer jobs:
  • Required heavy utilization of FEA and CFD analysis for air flow characterization, dispense system development and waste material management.
  • Performed finite element analysis (FEA) utilizing software to ensure design integrity
  • Performed FEA and design simulation to test design integrity and functionality.
  • Preformed FEA structure analysis using COMOS/Simulation to generate report design study.
  • Performed FEA analysis on the electronic controller enclosure using different materials.
  • Conducted structural analysis with SolidWorks FEA
  • Performed static FEA using Pro-Mechanica.
  • Provided comprehensive structural analysis design reports of offshore skid structures using FEA and STAAD programs to AISC and API RP2 requirements.
  • Design, plan, and validate manufacturing processes and die tooling through CAD and FEA for forging parts on hydraulic presses.
  • Applied and further developed knowledge of SolidWorks CAD, non-linear FEA, DFM and DFA principals, and industry design standards.
  • Performed structural and modal finite element analysis FEA of components and assemblies to establish stress levels, deflections and natural frequencies.
  • Developed seat structures with kinematics for mid and rear row seats on Honda Accord program to pass FEA and IIHS requirements.
  • Impact management working with FEA Engineers developing BIW front end structure, rad support, bumper reinforcement, crash can's.
  • Created 3-D and FEA simulation models, easily adjusted to accommodate a wide range of rocker ratios and pivot lengths.
  • Worked on conditions such as horizontal, vertical, tilted loading and rolling contact of rocket motor, analyzing FEA.
  • Planned and/or performed part and assembly testing, both electronic (FEA) and physical (field and laboratory).
  • Developed test and fabrication fixtures using 3D modeling, FEA, 2D drafting, GD&T and vendor interfacing.
  • Devised innovative designs for unique engineering problems using a combination of FEA, hand calculations, and common engineering software.
  • Developed designs from early models with studio collaboration, through CFD and FEA loops, and into tooling stages.
  • Use SolidWorks to run FEA analyses to determine safest and most efficient designs for R&D test equipment.

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Interdisciplinary knowledge base. Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering is a rapidly changing industry, with or without the pandemic. The students need to have a good background in many disciplines, as well as the ability to acquire and apply new knowledge.Show more

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Online Courses For Design Engineers

One of the best ways to acquire the skills needed to be a design engineer is to take an online course. We've identified some online courses from Udemy and Coursera that will help you advance in your career. Since design engineers benefit from having skills like layout, hardware, and engineering design, we found courses that will help you improve these skills.

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Ultimate Guide to Product Design: Design Thinking Approach
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20 Most Common Skill For A Design Engineer

Layout7.1%
Hardware6.3%
Engineering Design5.3%
C++3.8%
UL3.6%
Engineering Drawings3.4%
Product Design3.4%
R3.3%

Typical Skill-Sets Required For A Design Engineer

RankascdescSkillascdescPercentage of ResumesPercentageascdesc
1
1
Layout
Layout
7.1%
7.1%
2
2
Hardware
Hardware
6.3%
6.3%
3
3
Engineering Design
Engineering Design
5.3%
5.3%
4
4
C++
C++
3.8%
3.8%
5
5
UL
UL
3.6%
3.6%
6
6
Engineering Drawings
Engineering Drawings
3.4%
3.4%
7
7
Product Design
Product Design
3.4%
3.4%
8
8
R
R
3.3%
3.3%
9
9
Project Management
Project Management
3.3%
3.3%
10
10
RF
RF
2.7%
2.7%
11
11
CAD
CAD
2.5%
2.5%
12
12
IP
IP
2.5%
2.5%
13
13
GD
GD
2.3%
2.3%
14
14
Product Development
Product Development
2.3%
2.3%
15
15
Creo
Creo
2.3%
2.3%
16
16
FEA
FEA
2.3%
2.3%
17
17
BOM
BOM
2.1%
2.1%
18
18
Design Reviews
Design Reviews
2%
2%
19
19
Powerpoint
Powerpoint
2%
2%
20
20
RTL
RTL
2%
2%
21
21
Verilog
Verilog
1.9%
1.9%
22
22
Engineering Department
Engineering Department
1.9%
1.9%
23
23
Matlab
Matlab
1.8%
1.8%
24
24
System Design
System Design
1.7%
1.7%
25
25
Design Requirements
Design Requirements
1.5%
1.5%
26
26
Circuit Design
Circuit Design
1.4%
1.4%
27
27
Fpga
Fpga
1.4%
1.4%
28
28
Design Software
Design Software
1.4%
1.4%
29
29
Technical Support
Technical Support
1.4%
1.4%
30
30
Customer Requirements
Customer Requirements
1.3%
1.3%
31
31
Hvac
Hvac
1.3%
1.3%
32
32
Catia
Catia
1.2%
1.2%
33
33
Engineering Support
Engineering Support
1.2%
1.2%
34
34
NX
NX
1.2%
1.2%
35
35
Cost Estimates
Cost Estimates
1.1%
1.1%
36
36
Asic
Asic
1.1%
1.1%
37
37
PCB
PCB
1.1%
1.1%
38
38
Test Scripts
Test Scripts
1%
1%
39
39
Fmea
Fmea
1%
1%
40
40
Solid Models
Solid Models
1%
1%
41
41
ISO
ISO
0.9%
0.9%
42
42
Ansys
Ansys
0.9%
0.9%
43
43
Design Process
Design Process
0.9%
0.9%
44
44
Design Changes
Design Changes
0.9%
0.9%
45
45
Dfmea
Dfmea
0.9%
0.9%
46
46
PC
PC
0.9%
0.9%
47
47
Sigma
Sigma
0.9%
0.9%
48
48
Vhdl
Vhdl
0.8%
0.8%
49
49
CNC
CNC
0.7%
0.7%
50
50
Product Line
Product Line
0.7%
0.7%

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