What does a Development Engineer do?

Development engineers identify a company's goals to conceptualize, design, and test a new product or product series. They work in almost every industry and develop products that can vary dramatically. Trom creating mechanical toys to medical devices, development engineers are involved. They conduct research before the planning process begins for a new product by learning more about the target audience, what products are currently on the market, and any relevant issues. Using their research, they innovative products or create new products to fill the needs.

Development engineers build prototypes to show to upper management that persuade them that their design is valid and functional. They work on the manufacturing process’s specifics for a product or series of products, including determining the best materials to construct the product, what manufacturing processes will entail, and techniques to be utilized in the process. They often consult with other engineers and specialists when hoping to create a successful plan. Development engineers need a bachelor's degree in engineering, a professional engineering license, and computer aided design CAD experience.

What responsibilities are common for Development Engineer jobs?
  • Take a long term view of your team's systems and how they fit into the architecture.
  • Track QA metrics to ensure high quality and efficiency .
  • Document results in technical reports, white papers, and external blogs.
  • Provide mentoring to others and peer review their analysis.
  • Ensure the product meets or exceeds expectations from a specification, and cost standpoint.
  • Support program meetings in develop root cause and corrective actions.
  • Execute acceptance tests and maintain test artifacts in a shared repository.
  • Plan and oversee validation testing on new and modified designs.
  • Generate or update design control documentation for the product.
  • Work under design controls and maintain design history files.
  • Develop and document test methods to evaluate product performance.
  • Responsible to facilitate and/or support supplier performance management reviews.
  • Develop and implement new compounds from conceptualization to production.
  • Assist with the investigation and implementation of significant cost reductions.
  • Utilize design tools as required to optimize critical aspects of the design when required.
  • Lead, manage, and mentor a practice group of engineers.
  • Evaluate and provide impacts of design changes to ROI and project management.
  • Engage directly with students in interactive teaching and learning initiatives.
What are the typical qualifications for Development Engineer jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in science, engineering, or computer science or equivalent experience.
  • Six Sigma Green Belt.
  • Fluency in CAD Software, firmware, AutoCAD, and Agile.
  • Experience with root cause analysis.
  • Experience with C, Python, Linux, AIAG, and Ruby systems and software.
  • Comfortable with debugging and scripting.
  • A problem solver with sound experience in root cause analysis.
  • Comfortable with collaboration and able to lead where needed.
  • Fluent in systems development.
Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience5-7 years

Development Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

£37,368 /yr
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Not including cash compensation
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Median: £37K
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Development Engineer
9 Jan 2021

“probably not the best place to be if you are really ambitious and look for greater career opportunities /more money”

Design and Development Engineer
11 May 2021

“Good payment for your work and recognises you if you and your work is worth of.”

Mercedes-Benz Research and Development IndiaMercedes-Benz Research and Development India
Senior Product Development Engineer
2 Aug 2021

“Good company to work if you have a defined career path for next couple of years”

Development Engineer
17 Jun 2020

“One of the members of HR team here are computer engineering graduates who are highly unprofessional.”

Hamilton Casework SolutionsHamilton Casework Solutions
Product Development Engineer
27 Aug 2020

“The sole thing that really stands out to me is that the employees here are great to work with.”

Ford Motor CompanyFord Motor Company
Product Development Engineer
15 Mar 2022

“Clear vision of what engineering organization should be or where it is going does not seem to exist.”

IMEC (Belgium)IMEC (Belgium)
Development Engineer
16 Mar 2022

“good work life balance is easily achievable and not frowned upon.”

First SolarFirst Solar
Development Engineer
14 Feb 2021

“Good compensation and benefit.”

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