Research and development engineers work in the manufacturing field to design and develop new products. These engineers regularly use programs such as AutoCAD to create 3D designs, so advanced computer knowledge is generally required.
Before proposing products, R&D engineers provide feasibility analyses to determine if the costs will allow the new products to be profitable; this includes creating prototypes and testing equipment to ensure it is ideal for the products. They must be familiar with all manufacturing methods and processes and stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the field, as well as the competition. When creating new products, these engineers must conduct research to determine the best processes and materials to be used.
Though some assignments are done independently, those in this position may work on teams under the supervision of a senior engineer. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in mechanical or civil engineering is generally required for this position, though a master’s degree is often preferred. It may be necessary to demonstrate past experience and display a portfolio of past work. Most of the work is done in an office setting, though some on-field research may be necessary in order to develop products.
Research & Development (R&D) Engineer, IT Tasks
Research, design, develop, and test computer or computer-related equipment.
Provide technical support to team members.
Define and coordinate corrective action changes.
Write documentation and test specifications.