Machine design engineers work with and troubleshoot various types of machinery, as well as develop new types of equipment to be used to create new products. They often provide managerial and technical leadership when designing a product and also construct and commission advanced testing systems for a variety of clients. Most machine design engineers work in small teams which combine their ideas to develop custom designs which satisfy customers' needs, and these projects range from wind tunnels and jet engine tests to rockets and support equipment.
Design engineers typically work in an office setting to draw schematics and design the product itself, and then move to a warehouse/manufacturing setting to build the product with the correct safety equipment. They typically work with other engineers in teams or small groups on a regular basis, and a bachelor's degree in engineering and several years of experience in constructing products and designs are generally required for this position. Hours and shifts can vary depending on the product and its deadlines, but long work-days are common.
Machine Design Engineer Tasks
Determine the direction of the design staff to create prototypes or drawings of the design effort.
Make changes and corrections in the mechanical design throughout the life of the product.
Consider performance, safety, patents, goals, and regulatory requirements when designing products or systems.
Research and analyze data to determine feasibility of design effort.