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Design Engineer

 

Overview

A Design Engineer designs and develops agricultural equipment and system products and serves as a technical resource by participating in design reviews and providing input of new projects.

 

design engineer

 

What responsibilities will I have?

  • Design major components and/or subsystems
  • Develop and evaluate product designs based on customer needs, manufacturability, cost, and safety
  • Develop design specifications, collaborating with product management, sales and marketing, manufacturing, product development, testing, and customers for projects assigned
  • Develop test plans and direct testing of the design
  • Ensure all requirements are completed to meet prototype and test schedules
  • Set product quality and tolerance specifications for designs
  • Design and/or select hydraulic, power transmission, and structural components needed to implement design
  • Perform engineering design calculations
  • Operate design software to design, layout, produce drawings, and develop bills of materials
  • Work with manufacturing to develop tooling and new manufacturing processes as assigned
  • Develop high level understanding and knowledge of company products
  • Remain abreast of new products, technologies, materials, construction methods, testing procedures, and competitive equipment in industry
  • Participate in product design reviews and provide input on design based on experience and knowledge
  • Provide technical support as needed to purchasing, suppliers, manufacturing, dealers, and customers

 

What education and training is required?

A bachelor’s degree in agricultural or mechanical engineering is required. Knowledge in machining, steel fabrication, and welding are also essential.

 

To pursue a career as a Design Engineer:

The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, agricultural mechanics, industrial technology, welding, computer courses, and advanced mathematics.

 

Typical Employers:

Design engineers most often work for agricultural equipment and systems manufacturers.

 

Future Job Market/Outlook

The future outlook for a design engineer will be good over the next five years. 

 

Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers
  • Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association
  • American Welding Society
  • Association of Equipment Manufacturers