Mechanical designers, sometimes called drafters, create designs for mechanical devices such as machines. They are involved in the entire process, from sketching an idea through the manufacturing and testing of the finished product. A mechanical designer can design a wide variety of products, such as refrigerators, robotics, heating equipment, automotives, and aerospace products.
Mechanical designers start by creating a blueprint for a requested product, which involves brainstorming, creating rough drafts of the blueprint, and creating subsequent detailed designs. Once the designs are complete, the final blueprint is created and provided to the company or client for approval.
Throughout development, the mechanical designer works with engineers to identify any areas of the design that need to be altered or improved. Sometimes this may result in a completely new design being developed.
Once a product is created, mechanical designers work with quality assurance engineers to ensure that the product has no defects or abnormalities.
Most mechanical designers have obtained a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or machine technology. Mechanical designers must have some degree of skill with drawing and sketching, including the use of computer programs that help aid in the design of machines, such as computer aided design (CAD) software.
Mechanical Designer Tasks
Produce designs and performs calculations as a member of a project team.
Gather and prepare data for reports and studies.
Establish testing procedures, investigatory studies and engineering design calculations.
Design portions of projects of above average complexity.