It is the product development engineer's duty to conceptualize and design products to meet a company's specifications. As a product development engineer, you might be required to oversee the design team, test new product designs, and draft specifications for the development of new products.
Your responsibilities include performing market research to aid your understanding of market requirements and design accordingly, using CAD software to design prototypes, testing prototypes for troubleshooting problems, sampling materials, manufacturing processes, and other important elements in the production process. You will also be required to analyze existing products, identify areas of improvement and provide necessary updates. Don't forget to establish quality control guidelines and safety measures that must be adhered to by all production staff.
Employers are constantly on the lookout for product development engineers with a good working knowledge of manufacturing processes, materials, and quality control protocols. Experience with 3D modeling software is also very essential. The minimum educational requirement is a bachelor's degree in a related engineering field. The average product development engineer earns $82,680 annually.