Host said: How did you get your start doing product designer work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?
Do you need a particular educational background?
what I have learned and seen, it all depends on what you can see
that is, taking a small machine apart and then being able to put it back together, and it works
sound simple, but a lot of people are not able
designing a new product, wether a machine or just a part all depends upon your being able to see what is needed to make the product work, then draw it, redraw, and work it till you think its
ready, then rework it again, build a proto type, test it and redesign if needed
in the beginning its frustrating, and several times things will not seem possible, just look at what has been, you might find support
as for particular education, mine was a design and drafting, then working in the field, some pre-engineering, then working in the field, watching others, looking at how it was done and why
fixing a lot of poor designs, and relying on the basic element you will always need "common sense"