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Product Design Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Product Design Engineer is responsible for the complete production of a product from original idea through to fully functioning product. May be responsible for engineering of materials and manufacturing the product. May be responsible for graphic design, ergonomics and aesthetics of the product.

Job Outlook

There were 43 Product Design Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 1687 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Industrial Designer industry, which includes the Product Design Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Product Design Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $84,218.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $84,218.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Product Design Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $64,805.

Education and Experience

Posted Product Design Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree4.39%
Bachelor's Degree75.76%
Master's Degree23.24%
Doctoral Degree5.75%
Other1.19%

Posted Product Design Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years20.86%
3 to 5 years53.43%
6 to 8 years18.1%
9+ years7.62%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Product Design Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication (36.93%)
  • Problem Solving (29.58%)
  • Innovation (21.81%)
  • Operations (17.49%)
  • Management (16.42%)
  • Leadership (15.95%)
  • Microsoft Office (13.87%)
  • Sales (13.46%)
  • Detail Oriented (13.04%)
  • Research (12.86%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Computer-Aided Design (30.1%)
  • 3D Modeling (29.56%)
  • SolidWorks (CAD) (27.5%)
  • Product Design (90.01%)
  • Mechanical Engineering (46.15%)
  • Prototyping (26.95%)
  • New Product Development (50.39%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Mechanical Design (19.26%)
  • Bill Of Materials (11.87%)
  • Supply Chain (4.91%)
  • Industrial Design (13.26%)
  • AutoCAD (9.21%)
  • Autodesk Inventor (1.88%)
  • Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) (3.94%)
  • Electrical Engineering (15.75%)
  • Engineering Design Process (10.9%)
  • Continuous Improvement Process (4.85%)
  • Procurement (3.33%)
  • Sheet Metal (7.81%)
  • Design For Manufacturability (12.17%)
  • Engineering Support (3.94%)
  • Electronics (8.54%)
  • PTC Creo Parametric (7.69%)
  • Product Lifecycle Management (7.63%)
  • Electromechanics (6.66%)
  • Engineering Change Order (4%)
  • Geometric Dimensioning And Tolerancing (6.97%)
  • Marketing (13.81%)
  • Project Management (15.75%)
  • Engineering Drawings (5.63%)
  • Machining (9.57%)
  • Injection Molding (10.54%)
  • Manufacturing Processes (20.23%)
  • Lean Manufacturing (3.88%)
  • Production Process (4%)
  • Product Engineering (12.84%)
  • Tolerance Analysis (14.96%)
  • Risk Analysis (3.21%)
  • Product Lining (4%)
  • Tooling (13.81%)
  • PTC Creo (CAD Suite) (12.9%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Electrical Product Design (2.54%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • 3D Modeling (44.32%)
  • Computer-Aided Design (45.14%)
  • SolidWorks (CAD) (41.24%)
  • Prototyping (40.42%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Product Design Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Mechanical Product Design Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Product Design Engineering Intern
  • New Product Design Engineer
  • Engineering Intern
  • Product Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Product Designer
  • Electrical Design Engineer

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Product Design Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Apple (134)
  • Actalent (51)
  • Meta (38)
  • Amazon (37)
  • Google (35)
  • Itt Industries (26)
  • Schaeffler Gruppe (23)
  • Bridgestone Corporation (21)
  • Randstad (20)
  • Tesla (18)

North Carolina

  • Hyster-Yale Materials Handling (4)
  • Flexsteel Industries (3)
  • Tti Floor Care North America (3)
  • Oreck Direct (3)
  • Techtronic Industries North America (3)
  • Mercedes-Benz Group (2)
  • Techtronic Industries Group (2)
  • Hyster-Yale (2)
  • Bradley Professional, A Division Of The Bradley Group (1)
  • Carrier Corporation (1)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!