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Careers: Mechanical Engineering Designer

Overview

Mechanical engineering designers are responsible for the design and maintenance of mechanical parts and systems. Qualified designers find work as industrial component planners, drafts people, mould designers, mechanical part designers, machine designers, tool designers, and more. They are generally employed by manufacturing, engineering, consulting and processing companies and also work for various levels of government.

Mechanical Engineering Designer Job Description

Mechanical engineering design professionals must be creative, detail-oriented and capable of working in a fast paced, competitive environment. Knowledge of computer-assisted design (CAD), 3D design and project management software, as well as an in-depth understanding of design fundamentals is also essential in this field. Typical responsibilities of the mechanical engineering designer may include:

• Creation of drawings, designs and CAD for various parts and mechanical systems
• Designing tools, moulds, dies and fixtures for use in the manufacturing process
• Creation of 3D models
• Creation of blueprints
• Project management
• Working as part of a dynamic team in a multidisciplinary environment

Mechanical Engineering Designer Projected Demand

Due in large part to significant new investment in the mechanical engineering field, the number of job opportunities for professional mechanical engineering designers has increased sharply in recent years, and this trend is expected to continue. Retirement and promotion of existing workers in the field has contributed to, and continues to influence an increased availability of entry level positions. Mechanical engineering designers earn on average $54,412 per year in Canada. Bonuses and profit-sharing may also enhance the base salaries of professionals in this industry.