Globally Responsible
Careers in STEM

Design engineer

Design engineers use technical knowledge, mathematical expertise and design skills to create innovative solutions to problems across a range of industries. As a design engineer you are involved in the initial concept, design, development and management of projects in a range of sectors such as construction and the built environment, materials, software, components, machinery and vehicles.

You will need strong technical knowledge, as well as problem solving, communication, leadership and project management skills. Depending on their specialist area, design engineers may also be known as CAD engineers, consulting engineers and product design engineers.

You can usually specialise in one area of design engineering, such as:

  • chemical engineering
  • civil engineering
  • electrical engineering
  • electronic engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • product/industrial design engineering
  • software engineering

Particular ethical concerns related to design engineering include the environmental impacts of products and processes.

Related SDG Goal
SDG Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
SDG Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
SDG Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
SDG Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
SDG Goal 13: Climate action
SDG Goal 14: Life below water
SDG Goal 15: Life on land

SGR, Globally Responsible Careers 2021