Design engineers-educational background
The educational background of a typical design engineer working in the petrochemical or manufacturing industry in the United States can vary from having a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, to a Master’s or even those with a Ph.D. Aside from engineering subjects, general subjects such as Calculus, Physics, and Writing are also required in order to function well in a job. Real case of companies hiring design engineers also require the basic courses above as well as soft skills such as communication, team work and the relevant design experience.
DESIGN ENGINEERS — GENERAL EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
Design engineers are usually involved in formulating initial concepts, doing design, developing prototypes and final models, as well as in the management of projects in various sectors such as construction, petrochemicals, manufacturing, chemical, and other types of industries.
There is actually no specific design engineering degree mandated by the National Center for Education Statistics. Students who have obtained a degree in one or more relevant branches of engineering can opt to concentrate on the design aspect of their work when choosing a career path.
Typical design engineers usually have one or more of the following degree levels: Bachelor of Engineering, a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, a Master's in Engineering, a Master of Science in Engineering, and a Doctor of Engineering. The most popular engineering branches that design engineers in either the petrochemical or manufacturing sector specialize in are in any of the following: chemical, mechanical, electrical, civil, industrial, and even computer-related degrees.
Within their chosen engineering fields, design engineers need to master subjects that include thermodynamics, machine design, manufacturing processes, engineering product design, Industrial design, computer-aided design, engineering design, materials science, and statistics, in addition to their core engineering courses. They are also required to study subjects such as Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, Writing, Computer science and communication for broader knowledge.
In studying all the courses above, design engineers are expected to acquire computer experience, develop an inventive mind, be functional in a group, have good communication skills, and other attributes that will make them attractive to their future employers.
Aside from the areas of studies mentioned above, employers can also consider graduates of other majors depending on specific requirements required for the role and overall candidate fit and experience.
DESIGN ENGINEER JOB CASE STUDY — Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
Chevron Phillips Chemical, is one of the petrochemical companies looking for a design engineer for their Houston, Texas site.
In their job posting for a design engineer, they have enumerated the various engineering knowledge areas required for the job. These areas include engineering, project engineering, manufacturing, piping, mechanical engineering, refinery, petrochemical, reliability engineering, continuous improvement, root cause analysis, AutoCad, inspection, factory, process safety, Microsoft office, Hazop, project management, Six Sigma, Matlab, and engineering management.
DESIGN ENGINEER JOB CASE STUDY — Altec Industries
Altec industries, a company involved in electric, utility and telecommunications parts manufacturing, also needed to fill in their job vacancy for a manufacturing design job in Osceola, Indiana.
Aside from the usual Bachelor of Engineering degree, they also need the candidates to have an EIT registration as well as possess excellent communication skills, ability to work well in a group with limited supervision, and must be willing to travel.
DESIGN ENGINEER JOB CASE STUDY — Jabil Circuit
A Senior Design and Manufacturing Engineer is also needed by Jabil Circuit, an electronics manufacturing company based in San Jose, California.
They also require applicants to possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering as well as a lengthy on the job training and experience as a design engineer.
Design engineers are normally required to graduate with engineering degrees before they can take on actual design jobs in the petrochemical or manufacturing industries. Real world companies such as the Chevron Phillips Chemical Company that need design engineers expect candidates to have the mandated engineering degrees, soft skills needed to function well in a corporate setting, and the applicable design experience.