Machine Designer

A machine designer is a type of mechanical engineering technologist. The main job duties of a machine designer are to determine the needs of the client and design a machine to fit those needs. The design process can be lengthy depending on the complexity of the machine needed. Machine designers help create machines for many different types of industries and the machine designs can range from very small to extremely large. The design process usually involves working directly with the company that will use the finished product. Specific goals must be discussed and determined prior to design work being completed. Additionally machine designers must deal with the difficulty of designing a complex machine determine the most cost-effective way to produce the machine and figure out if the machine can run in an environmentally friendly manner. Because this professional field deals with highly complex designs it’s essential for a machine designer to have a high level of science math and physics knowledge as well as a desire and ability to solve complex problems. The capability of working as part of a team is also imperative because most machinery is designed by several individuals who work together to come up with a final plan. Most machine designers have a minimum of an associate’s degree in the field of mechanical engineering technology. Most machine designers continue their education throughout their careers through courses and seminars that discuss the technical advancements in the machine design field. According to www.buzzle.com the typical annual salary for a machine designer is between $48000 and $89000 per year.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $68500
High Salary: $89000
Low Salary: $48000
Tasks: Designs and develops machines.
Determines the needs of their clients prior to developing designs.
Develops blueprints.
Suggests modifications to machine designs.
Also Called: Mechanical Engineering Technologist
Mechanical Designer
Machine Developer
Mechanical Project Designer
Additional Resources: http://careers.stateuniversity.com/pages/407/Mechanical-Engineer.html
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/mechanical-engineer-job-description.html
http://ww2.prospects.ac.uk/p/types_of_job/mechanical_engineer_job_description.jsp