Design Engineer Job Description: Top Duties and Requirements

A Design Engineer, or a Mechanical Design Engineer, is responsible for the duties of the Engineering department. They are an integral part of an engineering department and may aid in a variety of ways, as their duties may include design, research, prototyping, documentation, and process improvement.


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Design Engineer duties and responsibilities

A Design Engineer will have a variety of duties and responsibilities to be successful in their role. They may spend their time designing prototypes, executing plans, or looking at process improvements. There are several other tasks they may complete, including:

  • Researching new materials and how they are best used
  • Performing tests on prototypes before they are designed for permanent and public use
  • Ensuring that assembly is completed and is compliant to industry and business standards
  • Preparing budgets and timelines for projects
  • Providing expertise on digital design and implementation


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Example 1

*Your Opportunity* Reporting to the VP of Engineering, we have an excellent opportunity for a Design Engineer in the Engineering Department for an ambitious individual with relevant education and experience background. *What you will do* · Design and develop commercial refrigerators and freezers from concept, through prototyping and manufacturing. · Create and model 3D and 2D assemblies, parts, detail drawings in SolidWorks and AutoCAD, and bill of materials. · Design plastic parts (extrusions, vacuum formed and injection molded parts, etc.) and specify related materials. · Create technical specifications, user and owner’s manuals, service and maintenance documentation. · Manage regulatory affairs and interact with governing authorities, agencies, and certification bodies on product compliance matters (safety, energy efficiency, sanitation, environmental). · Setup tests, conduct product testing, evaluate test results, and create test reports. · Process drawings revisions, Engineering Change Requests (ECRs) and Engineering Change Notices (ECNs). · Collaborate with the Production/Manufacturing Department to optimize manufacturing processes and layouts, conduct cost take-out analysis, actively participate in Kaizen events, and implement lean manufacturing processes. · Program, service, and maintain various manufacturing equipment: punch presses, laser cutters, forming machines, leak detection devices, refrigerant/air/nitrogen supplies. · Assist the Service Department in troubleshooting issues with units deployed in field, determine root causes, propose and implement solutions. · Interact with customers and suppliers, identify and analyze their needs and wants, and provide assistance to the Purchasing and Sales Departments. · Create and maintain project schedules and tracking lists. *What you have to offer* · Valid college diploma or university degree with a focus on Mechanical Engineering. · Member or eligibility for membership in the Professional Engineers Ontario organization. · 3+ years of experience in designing refrigeration products, appliance, HVAC, or similar products using SolidWorks and AutoCAD. · Exceptional three-dimensional visualization skills and abilities, and strong focus and attention to details and accuracy. · Solid understanding of regulatory standards applicable to commercial refrigeration equipment. · Working knowledge of data acquisition systems, measurements, test setups and testing. · Excellent technical writing skills and sound knowledge of common software applications: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. · Robust planning and organizational skills. · Superb communication skills and collaborative team player. *What we have to offer* · Competitive total compensation package including depending on experience annual salary, medical, dental benefits and RRSP program · Opportunity to be part of a dynamic and highly motivating work environment where you can develop your potential and launch an exciting career. · We favour internal promotions as we recognize our staff’s potential. · Add to your skill set by attending classes at colleges and universities through our tuition reimbursement program, or by attending our in-house state-of-the-art business or manufacturing skills training classes. · Employees at Minus Forty feel they are a valued member of a large, extended family, with an open-door policy that allows employees to have a say and suggest improvements at any time. · Social events, like golf tournaments, barbecues and family fun days happen regularly to celebrate our successes and achievements. · We reinvest in the operation, continually investing in new technology, updating the infrastructure and creating more roles for more people. *How to apply* · Individuals interested in this position can forward their resume and cover letter directly through the Indeed posting link. · While we appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted. QBD and Minus Forty® Technologies Corp. is committed to providing equal opportunities to all candidates and to meeting the needs of people with disabilities. Should you be contacted regarding an employment opportunity and require an accommodation for a disability, we will be pleased to work with you to identify how we can best support you through this process. Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Salary: $65,000.00-$75,000.00 per year Schedule: * Monday to Friday COVID-19 considerations: To keep our team as safe as possible we have implemented physical distancing in all departments, masks are worn at all times indoors, increase in cleaning and sanitation measures, hand sanitizer readily available, and electronic screening is done daily. Application question(s): * Are you legally able to work in Canada? * Do you live within 40 kms from the Brampton Ontario area. Experience: * in designing refrigeration products,: 3 years (required) * three-dimensional visualization skills: 4 years (required) * Mechanical Engineering degree (required) Work remotely: * No

Example 2

NSI Inc. has opportunities for experienced Design Engineers as an Independent Contractor and Full-Time positions with the company. The successful candidate will work in a dynamic team that provides comprehensive engineering service in the areas of piping and equipment design. The individual should be aware of the business and operational aspects associated with piping/component and system design. The design engineering team provides expertise in design management and some of the engineering products are listed below. * Engineering change packages. * Reports and Calculations (test/hydraulic/equipment sizing/stress/FMEA, etc.). * Technical Specifications (services/components/equipment, etc.). *Skills / Qualifications* * Demonstrated capability to manage a knowledge-based work unit. * Excellent problem-solving skills. * Demonstrated ability in preparing technical reports and deliverable to successful conclusion. * Good knowledge of CANDU nuclear power plant design and operation as well as CANDU reactor components (specifically primary heat transport, feeder, calandria). * Understanding of engineering change control process. * Professional Engineer of Ontario, or eligible for PEO status, with a passion for engineering. * Experience in compliance with regulatory standards and customer requirements. * Experience in piping and equipment design. * In depth knowledge of CSA N285.0, N286.7 and N289 as well as ASME Section III Subsections NB, NC, ND, NF, ASME B31.1, B31.3 and ASME Section VIII. * Good understanding and experience with Engineering Change Control (ECC) process. * Past experience that supports ASME Section III Appendix XXIII Qualification for Design Specification and Overpressure Protection Report is considered an asset. The successful candidate will be recognized by his/her peers for professionalism, superior performance, knowledge, expertise and ability to work in team environment with members of the Mechanical Design team. Candidates must have a [website] designation, or be eligible to obtain this, within a reasonable period of time and is currently holding a nuclear site clearance (Canadian citizen or be a permanent resident of Canada). The knowledge and skills required would normally be acquired through the successful completion of a university degree in an appropriate field and a period of typically 5 to 10 years of relevant experience. Candidates with expert level skills and experience will be considered at a higher level, with a compensation package commensurate with this experience. NSI Inc. is particularly interested in people who enjoy working on a variety of work and who are keen to continue to develop their knowledge and expertise. If you believe you have the necessary knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to succeed in this position, then we would like to hear from you. Website: [website] Job Types: Full-time, Permanent, Fixed term contract Contract length: 24 months Salary: Up to $160,000.00 per year Schedule: * 10 hour shift COVID-19 considerations: COVID-19 precautions are in effect Ability to commute/relocate: * Kincardine, ON N2Z 2X9: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required) Application question(s): * Do you currently hold a nuclear site clearance Education: * Bachelor's Degree (preferred) Experience: * nuclear: 4 years (preferred) * professional engineering (preferred) Application deadline: 2022-02-04 Expected start date: 2022-03-01

Example 3

If you love to design and solve challenging technical problems, then you would be a great fit on our design team. We are looking for someone that we can rely on to produce accurate and complete fabrication designs for our custom air handling equipment. Our comprehensive training program allows new engineers to grow quickly and excel. Students in their final year, or those with up to 2 years of experience are welcome to apply. About Us: Haakon Industries is a rapidly expanding, client-focused manufacturer of custom air handling equipment. We have developed a reputation for quality that has many of North America's largest companies asking for our products by name. Haakon designed and manufactured equipment is used in hospitals, pharmaceutical laboratories, microchip manufacturers, universities, automotive manufacturing plants, and many other institutional, industrial, and commercial facilities. We strive for excellence by continuing to invest in our facilities, product, and most of all, people. Mechanical Design Engineer Responsibilities:
  • Design custom air handling equipment using in house software and industry standard tools including AutoCAD, Inventor, and ANSYS
  • Set-up and run FEA simulations to evaluate custom designs
  • Create design packages with sheet metal parts to be produced by CNC machines
  • Work with our applications engineering team to implement customer specifications
  • Provide technical support to our production staff
  • Complete R&D projects to advance our product and improve our design process
  • Produce designs for structural and sheet metal components
  • Design equipment around integrated piping, electrical, and controls systems What We Offer:
  • Comprehensive training program
  • In house experts to support your professional growth
  • Relaxed and friendly environment with flexible hours
  • Opportunities to see your work in person in factory or on site
  • Ability to direct work towards your personal areas of interest Essential
  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Well organized with good attention to detail
  • Creative problem solver with good spatial reasoning
  • Technically proficient in design and prototyping
  • Familiarity with AutoCAD, Inventor, ANSYS and Excel is a plus We pride ourselves on providing a great environment for our employees by offering flexible work hours and the ability to direct your own career growth. With over 15 Professional Engineers on staff, Haakon has one of the best environments for a starting EIT. As an expanding company, there are always opportunities to manage your own projects and take on more responsibility. If you are interested in joining a growing company with a strong culture who respects their employees, encourages initiative, and rewards success, we want to hear from you. Please include a resume and cover letter in your application Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Benefits: * Company events * Dental care * Disability insurance * Extended health care * Flexible schedule * Life insurance * On-site gym * Paid time off * Vision care * Wellness program Schedule: * Monday to Friday COVID-19 considerations: Our COVID-19 policies comply strictly with current BC regulations and mandates Education: * Bachelor's Degree (preferred) Work remotely: * No
  • Example 4

    Ositech has been developing innovative mobile communication solutions for past 25+ years. We specialize in wireless communication products for applications in the healthcare industry. Ositech is an ISO 9001 and ISO [phone number]certified company. We have requirement for an Electronic Design Engineer to join our team developing products requiring wireless monitoring, video capture and processing using Machine Learning, Wireless Gateways and Routers. You will be working closely with the software team and employing agile methodology to deliver the end-to-end solution. If you thrive in a small fast paced environment that provides opportunities for learning new technologies, make key decisions, desire to be involved from the start of the project to introduction into manufacturing and want to put your mark on the product, then this could be the opportunity for you. *Responsibilities: *
  • Responsible for all phases of hardware development from design specifications, design, verification test plan, PCB Layout, prototypes and release to manufacturing
  • Troubleshooting and diagnosing electronic circuit boards
  • Managing regulatory certification and compliance activities *Requirements: *
  • University degree in Electronic, Computer or Mechatronics Engineering.
  • 3-5 years hands on hardware design and development experience.
  • Have taken at least one product from concept to manufacturing.
  • Designed systems using microprocessors and microcontrollers.
  • Designed high speed interfaces such as 10/100/1000 Ethernet, High Speed USB, and PCIe.
  • Designed systems using Cellular, WiFi, Bluetooth modules.
  • Designed systems with high efficiency switching power supplies.
  • Designed systems for very low power battery operation.
  • Product compliance testing such as EMC, Safety, RF, PTCRB.
  • Working with Spectrum, Network and Communication Analyzers.
  • Experience with Schematic design and PCB layout tools such as Cadence OrCAD.
  • Must be able to manually solder fine pitch and miniature SMT components for prototyping and debugging. *Desirable: *
  • Programming (assembler, C, C++, Python) and scripting (Unix shell, Windows command, TCL) experience to exercise microcontroller I/O pins and registers.
  • Experience in using Software performance tools such as iPerf, WiFi, USB, I2C and SPI protocol analyzers
  • Antenna selection and characterization.
  • Managing and mentoring junior engineers and technicians. *Personal Qualities: *
  • Highly organized, keeping work area clutter free.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Committed to completing tasks on agreed upon timelines.
  • Desire to own the product.
  • Out of the box thinking.
  • Can do attitude.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Eagerness to take on new assignments.
  • Excellent English written and oral skills. Ositech offers comprehensive benefits consisting of a generous drugs, dental and accidental insurance package. If you believe you have the background, experience requirements and personal qualities mentioned above then send your resume by email. Expected start date: 2022-02-07 Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Schedule: * Monday to Friday Work remotely: * No
  • Example 5

    *Employment Opportunity: Senior Product Design Engineer* *Status*: Full-time Founded in 2006, Preciseley Microtechnology Corporation is a leading provider of optical MEMS solutions globally through designing and supplying a range of products, including mirror devices used for laser beam steering, switching, and manipulation, with diverse applications across optical systems, telecommunications, sensors, and other fields. We are searching for a *Senior Product Design Engineer *to work in our R&D department. Reporting to the VP Engineering, the successful individual will be involved in the design, validation, prototyping and manufacturing of MEMS high voltage, high speed driver board with feedback control. *Responsibilities*: * Develop and manufacture MEMS driver and controller for scanning mirror application * Develop MEMS mirror position sensing application * Understand full development cycle: analysis, design, development, implementation, validation, * Understand and define customer specifications, translate them to product specifications * Work with the customer engineering team to ensure fit to their applications * Understand and keep track of Time to Market and Cost of Production for the products being designed * Interact with Manufacturing team and define a proper product handover and ramp plan * Work seamlessly with firmware developers and software developers to create system solutions is necessary. * Collaborate with the QA team to create product specs and manufacturing criteria * Incorporate DFx into the product *Qualifications and Experience: * * Degree in Electrical/Electronics in Engineering * 3+ year in analog circuit design and PCB layout and manufacturing experience * A least 3 years of demonstrated capability in design, validation, prototype and volume production ramp capability. * Strong knowledge in analog circuit design and troubleshooting is a must * Deep knowledge of New Product Introduction methodology * Ability to design the right rack-and-stack equipment to test device parameters * Ability to provide on-going customer support. * Deep knowledge and experience in circuit design * Ability to work in a high-pressure environment * Knowledge in optoelectronics signal processing and/or Integrated-Photonics system design and test * Hands-on circuit and PCB troubleshooting skills * Familiarity with working principle of MEMS device for driving, and sensing application will be a plus * Ability to work with the customer Engineering team to develop concepts into products that fit the application need * Excellent time management, organization and priority-defining skills *Job Details: * * Competitive compensation and benefits package with annual bonuses and company RRSP matching * Job Location: BC; relocation assistance within Canada offered We thank all applicants for applying however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Job Type: Full-time

    Example 6

    *Tool Design Engineer / Mould Shop Manager * *_Kemflo Canada Inc,_* *_Richmond Hill ON_ Canadian Owned and Operated, established in 1988, has a solid reputation for the design and manufacturing of quality injection molded products.* *Experienced in processing a wide range of thermoplastic resins, our capabilities enable us to work with a wide range of industries, molding parts that fit their needs. We are known for the designing of tools, pro-to-typing molding designs including post molding designs, allowing, us to provide our customers with a single complete service to see them from inception through to delivery to market* *Our employees have been the driving factor of our success though teamwork collaboration and conviction that Kemflo Canada delivers on our commitment to be the best at what we do Come joint our inspiring team* *Focus of Position* As the *Tool Design Engineer / Mould Shop Manager * you will participate in mold design activities from start to finish. Interacting with internal and external stakeholders to ensure customers expectations are met *Responsibilities* * Support new business es with part feasibilities, and costing * Technical documentation and reference drawings for projects * Create reports updating projects, gauge progress and act on deficiency * Manage our Tooling preventative maintenance program * Implement Continuous Improvement initiatives * Review and approve tools received from 3rd party supplier’s, * Develop pre-design from information provided by the customer and may be required to develop several concepts to achieve a final design direction. * Evaluate functions and fits in existing tools * Assign correct fits for assemblies, material, and tolerances for tooling components * Design manufacturing process for tooling components * Work with outsource suppliers· Work with tool makers to improve tools performance and service· * Design jigs and fixtures *Qualifications/ Education: * * Degree or Diploma in Mechanical Engineering with 10+ years of manufacturing experience with at least 5years’ experience in injection molding * Experience with 2D and 3D CAD software is required * Experience using computer engineering applications with a strong emphasis on utilizing Solidworks * Knowledge and experience with formal documentation systems and methods particularly ISO 9001/2015 * Ensures the integrity of all design information communicated on assigned programs. * Ability to view and interpret three-dimensional drawings, * Experience in the plastics industry would be a strong asset * Must have a strong desire to design world-class injection molds * Ability to work successfully in a fast-paced team environment * Good interpersonal and communication skills, written and verbal * Excellent attendance, work habits, and organizational skills * Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills Ability to use the 8D process would be an asset * Practical knowledge of machining processes is an asset * Other duties as assigned *Soft Skills: * * Extensive experience and expertise on injection molding tooling design. * High level of attention to detail and mechanical aptitude * Cross-functional business team environment experience preferred * Excellent verbal and written communication skills * Excellent attendance, * Ability to present proper company image when meeting with customers. *Kemflo Canada supports a full vaccination policy. All employees are expected to be vaccinated as a condition of employment. * *_Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted_* *_All Recruiting done in house_* *_You must be a Canadian Citizen_* *Kemflo Canada* is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities throughout the recruitment process and, upon request, will work with qualified job applicants to provide suitable accommodation in a manner that considers the applicant’s accessibility needs due to disability. Accommodation requests are available to candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process for Kemflo Canada jobs. To request accommodation, please contact HR. Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Salary: $70,000.00-$100,000.00 per year Additional pay: * Bonus pay Benefits: * Dental care * Extended health care * Life insurance * On-site parking Schedule: * 8 hour shift * Day shift * Monday to Friday Ability to * Richmond Hill, ON: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (preferred) Education: * Bachelor's Degree (preferred) Experience: * Designing Injection Moulds: 5 years (preferred) * SolidWorks: 5 years (preferred) * Tool Room Management: 5 years (preferred) * ISO 9001 2015: 5 years (preferred) Work remotely: * No

    What does a Design Engineer do?

    A Design Engineer will work with various application software to design, create, and document product or building models and drawings. To be successful as a Design Engineer, candidates will have strong computer and design skills. They will work with a team of other engineers to arrange and execute plans as needed by the organization.  


    Design Engineer skills and qualifications

    In order to be a successful Design Engineer, candidates will have specific skills and qualifications. Some of these may include:

    • In-depth knowledge of specialized software, such as computer-aided design (CAD) software
    • Software programming expertise in languages such as Python or MATLAB
    • Knowledge of the design and fabrication process
    • Excellent attention to detail 
    • Great problem-solving skills for determining solutions when issues arise
    • Ability to collaborate with their team members , external supervisors, or government officials


    Design Engineer experience requirements

    A Design Engineer will need to have previous experience to excel in their role. Resumes that demonstrate at least three or more years of experience in mechanical design or another relevant Engineer role will be highly sought after. Experience in an industry that is similar or the same as the organization would be considered an asset for the candidate. Many Design Engineers may have internship experience. 


    Design Engineer education and training requirements

    At a minimum, a Design Engineer will have a bachelor’s degree in industrial design, mechanical engineering, or a related field. Some candidates with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering may apply to the  role . Candidates will have their Professional Engineering (P.Eng) licence as a certification for practicing as an Engineer in Canada. Applicants may also have taken other coursework, whether online or through an accredited institution, that may be seen as valuable to their role.


    Design Engineer salary expectations

    According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for a Design Engineer is $62,079 per year. The exact salary may be dependent on their previous experience, the location of the company, and the industry. A Design Engineer in a larger metropolitan city such as Toronto may receive higher pay than people in smaller cities across the country, for example.


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    What makes a good Design Engineer job description?

    A good Design Engineer job description will be clear and concise. It will lay out all of the necessary experience, training, and education requirements as well as the duties associated with the role. To make the job description stand out, be sure to include important additional information such as benefits and perks. Some engineering companies now offer gym memberships, health spending accounts, and free lunches or snacks. If your company offers any additional benefits, be sure to include them in the job description.


    What qualities make a good Design Engineer?

    A good Design Engineer will be smart, a quick thinker, and a team player. In order to be successful as a Design Engineer, candidates will have to collaborate with a variety of other Engineers, vendors, and staff. It is important that they can work together in a collaborative environment.


    Do Design Engineers have different responsibilities in different industries?

    Design Engineers may have different responsibilities depending on their industries, such as needing to use different specialized software. This can be different from company to company. Some Design Engineers may work on products, while others may focus on buildings .


    Who does a Design Engineer report to?

    Depending on how large the organization is, a Design Engineer may report to different people. In a smaller company, a Design Engineer may report directly to the Lead Engineer. In a larger organization, there may be a Team Lead that represents Design Engineers. The Team Lead would then report to the Lead Engineer or its equivalent.

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