Design Engineer

Design Engineers research and develop ideas for new products, equipment and systems or improvements to existing equipment or processes relating to a variety of different technical disciplines and areas of specialty.

About this role

Typical duties

  • Designs and prepares engineering drawings to relevant industry and company standards
  • Utilises Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Assisted Engineering (CAE) in the development of parts, equipment and systems
  • Maintains technical documentation Provides technical support and guidance to offshore or on site teams
  • Carries out site/offshore visits / audits and produces reports
  • Reports any breaches of safety procedures to supervision / management
  • Actively participates in and promotes company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures, and ensures personal safety and that of colleagues at all times

In the industry

Design Engineers support the design, development and manufacture of specialist parts, equipment and operating systems. Design Engineers work closely with other engineering disciplines to ensure that the project or client requirements are met. They are found in a variety of organisations including the Operators who own or manage production installations, major Engineering Contractors, Drilling Contractors and specialist manufacturing and service companies.


  • Office
  • Outdoors
  • Offshore


  • University
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

What do I need?

Key Skills

  • Team working
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Analysing
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • IT
  • Numerical
  • Practical
  • Creativity
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • Degree/HND or equivalent in an engineering discipline
  • Experience in an engineering/technical role
  • Experience in project planning, cost control, offshore construction, fabrication
  • Basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET)
  • Offshore Medical Certificate
  • OPITO Minimum Industry Safety Standards (MIST)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good IT skills
  • Good organisation and administration skills

Employers might also look for:

  • Willing to become a Chartered Engineer (a professionally recognised qualification)
  • Work experience in a similar role gained during College/University/study