- design skills and knowledge
- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- analytical thinking skills
- persistence and determination
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
- thinking and reasoning skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- carrying out research to develop ideas
- working to a plan or 'brief' agreed with the client
- producing new designs or improving existing ones
- working out costs, practicality and availability of materials
- preparing sketches for ideas, by hand or using computer software
- testing ideas using models, prototypes and computer aided design (CAD)
- working with manufacturers on the production process
You could work in a creative studio, from home or in a workshop.
With experience, you could progress to a more senior design position, or into a specialised area, like ergonomics.
You could also set up your own design consultancy.
You can get more advice about working in crafts and creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.Data from National Careers Service.