How to write a Design Engineer job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Design Engineer job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Design Engineer job titles

    Design Engineer
    Senior Design Engineer
    Design Engineer (with SolidWorks proficiency)
    Mechanical Design Engineer

Design Engineer job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Design Engineer job summary

Our technology-driven firm’s engineering department currently has an immediate opening for a Design Engineer. The Design Engineer will be responsible for carrying out the duties of the Engineering department, including design, research, prototyping, engineering documentation, estimating and process improvement. The successful candidate will report directly to the Lead Designer, and collaborate with design/purchasing and shop/assembly teams on design projects. This an excellent opportunity to work in a friendly work environment with a team that is dedicated and passionate about craftsmanship and innovation.

Design Engineer responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Design Engineer responsibilities

    Use specialized software to create models and drawings of products
    Research new materials and methods of development
    Organize and maintain existing engineering records
    Construct prototypes and confirm designs with design/purchasing team
    Perform physical testing on engineering prototypes
    Ensure components and assemblies adhere to applicable industry and business standards

Design Engineer qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Design Engineer skills

    Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering or related field
    3+ years’ experience in mechanical design
    In-depth knowledge of SolidWorks 3D CAD software
    Extensive knowledge of metal fabrication processes
    Understanding of current cutting tool technology
    Impeccable attention to detail
    Ability to plan, schedule, coordinate and problem solve effectively

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