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13 Aug 2022

Career Insights on How to Become a Mechanical Design Engineer in India

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How to Become a Design Engineer?

 

Mechanical design engineering refers to the integration of physics and mathematical principles. It is one of the oldest and preferred branches of engineering involving developing, designing and maintaining mechanical devices and systems.

When you qualify as a mechanical design engineer, you will have expertise in production technology, applied mechanics, thermodynamics, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), product lifecycle, etc. But what exactly does a mechanical design engineer do? Keep reading this blog to learn about the responsibilities of a mechanical design engineer to help map out your career path. 

 

How to Become a Design Engineer?

To become a mechanical design engineer, you can consider having a bachelor's degree in design engineering or other branches such as mechanical, civil, etc. 

Though formal education is important, it alone can't guarantee a job. During job interviews, interviewers will test you on your skills and how up-to-date you keep yourself with the latest developments in the industry.

The skill and the experience section of your resume portray your proficiency as an aspirant. Experience comes with time, but you can learn skills. So, learning tools and technologies such as CATIA V5, Autodesk Alias, SOLIDWORKS, etc., could be of great help.

A Post Graduate Program in CAD by Skill-Lync involves hands-on learning covering 35 comprehensive projects. The program helps you get the hang of market-relevant skills and competencies, allowing you to boost your resume. 

 

Job Responsibilities of a Mechanical Design Engineer

A mechanical design engineer is responsible for the entire life cycle of the development of a product, from its conceptualisation to the launch of the final product. All the user experience enhancing modifications are done under the supervision of a mechanical design engineer. Some of their day-to-day responsibilities may include:

  • Designing tools and devices
  • Developing prototypes and overseeing their manufacturing
  • Organising technical research
  • Using software in planning and designing mechanical devices
  • Testing equipment

Industries such as manufacturing, automation, electronics, computers, aerospace, etc., have a vast application of the skill-set of a mechanical design engineer. 

 

Possible Challenges Faced by a Mechanical Design Engineer in Their Career

As a mechanical design engineer:

  • The first and foremost challenge you may face is understanding customers' expectations and requirements. An upfront discussion of deliverables and expectations is the key to avoiding any miscommunication.
  • The next challenge may be to work as a team. Apart from in-house teams working on the project, a project design is to be based on the use cases of the different stakeholders using the final product—for example, employees of the client, their suppliers, etc. Direct input from the prospective users can help in designing user-friendly products.
  • One of the common challenges you may come across is maintaining speed and accuracy. For speed, cycles per minute are the measuring parameter. However, if the output quality is substandard, higher cycles per minute would be of no use. Designs are to be optimised accordingly.
  • The final challenge would be to design reliable products. The design should help in producing defect-free products and should keep downtime minimum. 

 

How to Be a Good Mechanical Design Engineer?

Apart from education and technical skills, what would make you a good mechanical engineer would be your interpersonal skills, including -

  • analytical abilities
  • communication skills
  • a problem-solving attitude
  • time management ability
  • being detail-oriented
  • critical thinking
  • being a team player
  • leadership qualities

Additionally, meeting clients, understanding their requirements and serving them to their satisfaction could be top-notch skills that separate you from your competition.  

Skill-Lync's post graduate programs also prepare you for a challenge-facing environment. Based on the teachings of the entire week, it provides assignments ranging from explaining a theoretical concept to creating a sample model.

 

Career Prospects in Mechanical Design Engineering

It is essential to have an idea of the prospective job roles and how to get a job in the field of mechanical engineering. Once qualified, a mechanical design engineer can explore opportunities like:

 

  • Sheet metal/ BIW design engineer
  • Product design engineer
  • Wiring harness engineer/ designer
  • Seating design engineer 
  • CATIA V5 Designer

 

Lastly, the candidate's experience has a direct bearing on how much they can earn. On average, a mechanical engineer can earn a salary of Rs. 4.7 lakhs per annum.

Campus placements and job portals could be your go-to options to look for a job in mechanical engineering. Additionally, you may also be able to apply for roles in power companies, goods manufacturing companies, pharmaceutical companies, hardware companies, etc.

 

Conclusion

Mechanical design engineering is about solving complex mechanical problems. To launch your career in this domain, you need to accumulate key skills to showcase your value as a design engineer. To attain this, grab the opportunity to learn from industry experts through Skill-Lync's different post graduate courses


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