A corrugated paper structural designer designs packaging, made of cardboard and other thick paper. The packaging may be used by consumers to ship and store items. The structural designer should come up with products that are strong and durable.
Often, the aesthetics of the design are also important, so the designer must keep this in mind when designing a product. It is important to be familiar with 3D software and to have strong computer skills, in order to effectively design products. Familiarity with testing techniques is also important, in order to carry out strength tests once the prototypes have been designed. Often, the corrugated paper designer will be provided with a budget that needs to be adhered to. It is important to come up with the best product possible, while staying within the restraints of the budget. The job requires keeping up to date with the latest developments in the field and with what the competition is creating. When problems are reported by consumers, the designer may have to go back and make changes to the product, in order to modify the product so that it is more satisfactory.
In some organizations, the designer will also have to sell the products to companies and other consumers. Teamwork and collaboration may be needed, in order to create products. However, much of the work is done independently, so it is important to be able to adhere to deadlines. Generally, a college degree in engineering, structural design, or another related field is needed.
Corrugated Paper Structural Designer Tasks
Identify cost and marketing parameters to track and report on.
Test shipping designs and display cases, using knowledge of crush strength and equipment.
Design to improve both shipping ease and visual appeal of packaging.
Work with customers to identify packaging needs and explain constraints.