Most of the time, industrial designers work in the manufacturing sector. They design products and develop concepts for products that are manufactured at factories, such as home appliances, furniture, automobiles, electronics, and toys. They use their artistic, business, and engineering talents to design various products for manufacturers.
Employers require that candidates have a bachelor’s degree in industrial design, engineering, or another relevant field. Commensurate work experience is often required. In addition to designing products, they must also coordinate product development. Industrial designers are responsible for product specifications and performance. They must consider costs and sustainability goals when designing products. Industrial designers must have leadership and interpersonal skills. They must have excellent oral and written communications skills. They must be able to work independently with minimum supervision, as well as in a team environment. They must make changes to their product designs in a timely manner, as requested by product managers or clients. They must attend regular meetings with product managers, marketing staff, and other industrial designers.
They must be familiar with computer software related to industrial product designing. They must be proficient in Microsoft Office. They must be comfortable with making presentations. They may have to work directly with raw materials suppliers or other vendors. It is very important for industrial designers to follow market trends. They may have to attend training classes or workshops. They may have to coach or mentor new or more junior industrial designers.
Industrial Designer Tasks
Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys.
Create presentations and reports for new items.
Responsible for material selection and recommendation, work through debugging issues with new items.
Oversee projects from inception to completion, reviewing project plans, designs and deliverables.
Input on industrial design, aesthetic, interface and functional solutions for products.