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Become A Product Design Engineer

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Working As A Product Design Engineer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • $85,443

    Average Salary

What Does A Product Design Engineer Do

A Product Design Engineer designs new products that customers will want to purchase. They are responsible for designing, modeling, and testing prototypes for products.

How To Become A Product Design Engineer

Industrial engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value experience, so cooperative education engineering programs at universities are also valuable.


Industrial engineers need a bachelor’s degree, typically in industrial engineering. However, many industrial engineers have degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering technology, or general engineering. Students interested in studying industrial engineering should take high school courses in mathematics, such as algebra, trigonometry, and calculus; computer science; and sciences such as chemistry and physics.

Bachelor’s degree programs include lectures in classrooms and practice in laboratories. Courses include statistics, production systems planning, and manufacturing systems design, among others. Many colleges and universities offer cooperative education programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education.

A few colleges and universities offer 5-year degree programs in industrial engineering that lead to a bachelor’s and master’s degree upon completion, and several more offer similar programs in mechanical engineering. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as a professor at a college or university or to engage in research and development. Some 5-year or even 6-year cooperative education plans combine classroom study with practical work, permitting students to gain experience and to finance part of their education.

Programs in industrial engineering are accredited by ABET.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Industrial engineers use creativity and ingenuity to design new production processes in many kinds of settings in order to reduce the use of material resources, time, or labor while accomplishing the same goal.

Critical-thinking skills. Industrial engineers create new systems to solve problems related to waste and inefficiency. Solving these problems requires logic and reasoning to identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to the problems.

Listening skills. These engineers often operate in teams, but they also must solicit feedback from customers, vendors, and production staff. They must listen to customers and clients in order to fully grasp ideas and problems the first time.

Math skills. Industrial engineers use the principles of calculus, trigonometry, and other advanced topics in mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Problem-solving skills. In designing facilities for manufacturing and processes for providing services, these engineers deal with several issues at once, from workers’ safety to quality assurance.

Speaking skills. Industrial engineers sometimes have to explain their instructions to production staff or technicians before they can make written instructions available. Being able to explain concepts clearly and quickly is crucial to preventing costly mistakes and loss of time.

Writing skills. Industrial engineers must prepare documentation for other engineers or scientists, or for future reference. The documentation must be coherent and explain their thinking clearly so that the others can understand the information.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as an industrial engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education in order to keep their licenses. Most states recognize licenses from other states, as long as the other state’s licensing requirements meet or exceed their own licensing requirements.


Beginning industrial engineers usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers. In large companies, new engineers also may receive formal training in classes or seminars. As beginning engineers gain knowledge and experience, they move on to more difficult projects with greater independence to develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions.

Eventually, industrial engineers may advance to become technical specialists, such as quality engineers or facility planners. In that role, they supervise a team of engineers and technicians. Obtaining a master’s degree facilitates such specialization and thus advancement.

Many industrial engineers move into management positions because the work they do is closely related to the work of managers. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

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Product Design Engineer Career Paths

Product Design Engineer
Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Senior Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Operations Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Operations Manager Account Executive
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Electrical Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Project Leader Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Product Development Engineer Project Manager Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Product Development Engineer Mechanical Engineer Project Engineer
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager
Product Marketing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Project Engineer Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Account Manager
Strategic Accounts Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Program Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Engineer Senior Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Engineer Senior Project Manager Director Of Product Development
Vice President Product Development
12 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Program Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Product Design Engineer Demographics


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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • German

  • French

  • Japanese

  • Korean

  • Hindi

  • Italian

  • Cantonese

  • Swedish

  • Vietnamese

  • Gujarati

  • Sanskrit

  • Danish

  • Malay

  • Norwegian

  • Russian

  • Carrier

  • Portuguese

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Real Product Design Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Product Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 09, 2016 $219,000 -
Product Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 23, 2016 $185,000 -
Product Design Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Dec 22, 2016 $180,000
Product Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 31, 2016 $180,000 -
Product Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 03, 2015 $175,000 -
Product Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 28, 2016 $175,000 -
Product Design Engineer 4 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 26, 2016 $170,000 -
Product Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 15, 2015 $169,600 -
Product Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 23, 2016 $168,000 -
Product Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 21, 2015 $165,000 -
Product Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA May 11, 2015 $165,000 -
Product Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 09, 2016 $165,000 -
Product Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 13, 2015 $165,000 -
Product Design Engineer 4 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 01, 2015 $109,900 -
Product Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 20, 2016 $108,000 -
Product Design Engineer Skydio, Inc. Redwood City, CA Nov 08, 2016 $107,515 -
Product Design Engineer Goertek Electronics, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 03, 2016 $106,517
Product Design Engineer Infinium Medical, Inc. Largo, FL Aug 15, 2016 $105,800 -
Product Design Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Feb 24, 2015 $105,000 -
Product & Design (D&R) Engineer-Automotive Seating MSX Americas, Inc. Dearborn, MI Dec 29, 2015 $103,750
Product Design Engineer Ford Motor Company Dearborn, MI Jun 04, 2015 $101,275 -
Product Design Engineer Johnson Medtech, LLC Methuen Town, MA Sep 23, 2016 $75,000 -
Product Design Engineer Outerspace Design Group, Inc. San Diego, CA Jul 25, 2016 $75,000
Product Design Engineer G&W Electric Company Bolingbrook, IL Aug 23, 2015 $75,000
Product Design Engineer-Medical Devices EZEN Computer Services Inc. Raynham, MA Sep 10, 2015 $75,000
Mechanical/Product Design Engineer, Hardware Omnicell, Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 14, 2016 $75,000
Product Design Engineer Cummins Inc. Fridley, MN Dec 21, 2015 $74,922 -
Product Design Engineer Continental Automotive Systems, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Feb 02, 2015 $74,838 -

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Top Skills for A Product Design Engineer


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Top Product Design Engineer Skills

  1. CAD
  2. Solid Models
  3. Design Concepts
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Create customer assembly drawings, release and issue 3D CAD models with drawings through Team Center 2007.
  • Created solid models and detail prints of FDA approved consumer packages.
  • Provide design concepts, design analysis and prototyping solutions for parts and product assemblies to satisfy customer project requirements.
  • Reviewed designs and new product development for improvement or retrofits.
  • Interfaced with customers' design and marketing departments to customize the product line for production requirements and model year roll out.

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