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Design and development engineers

£17,680 Average salary at age 20
£45,760 Average Salary
37 Average hours per week


Design and development engineers conceive engineering designs from product ideas or requirements in mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering.

Main Tasks

  • Assesses product requirements, including costs, manufacturing feasibility and market requirements;
  • Prepares working designs for steam, aero, turbine, marine and electrical engines, mechanical instruments, aircraft and missile structures, vehicle and ship structures, plant and machinery equipment, domestic electrical appliances, building systems and services, and electronic computing and telecommunications equipment;
  • Arranges construction and testing of model or prototype and modifies design if necessary;
  • Produces final design information for use in preparation of layouts, parts lists, etc.;
  • Prepares specifications for materials and other components.


Design and development engineers usually possess an accredited university degree or equivalent qualification. All routes are followed by periods of appropriate training and relevant experience in order to qualify for membership of a chartered engineering institution. Incorporated engineers possess an accredited university degree, BTEC/SQA award or an apprenticeship leading to an NVQ/SVQ at Level 4.

What Design and development engineers studied in higher education

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What Design and development engineers studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(G1) Mathematics1
(W2) Design studies7
(H3) Mechanical engineering37
(H4) Aerospace engineering9
(H8) Chemical, process & energy engineering3
(K2) Building1
(K1) Architecture1
(J5) Materials technology not otherwise specified1
(H1) General engineering10
(H2) Civil engineering5
(J9) Others in technology1
(H7) Production & manufacturing engineering5
(F3) Physics3
(H6) Electronic & electrical engineering11
(I1) Computer science2

UK Prospects

98000 Workforce Size
3.26% Predicted growth 2023 - 2027
9351 Predicted Replacement 2023 - 2027

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