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Engineer - Transport Design

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Education
Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

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€25k > 35 
Roads / Highway Engineer
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(thousands per year)*
€25 - 35 
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Brightwater

Last Updated: April, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Transport designers design transport such as cars, boats and aeroplanes. They must be aware of the principles of engineering, production methods and the needs of transport users.


The Work header image

Transport designers are commissioned to undertake the feasibility, layout, styling, interior and production design of high speed trains, metros, light rail systems, people movers, buses, ferries and other commercial vehicles.  
 
On large projects many designers work together, and each concentrates on a particular aspect of the design. For example, in aircraft design, the landing gear or the fuselage. Smaller projects may be completed by individual designers or small design teams.  
 
Research is an important part of a designer's work. They try to find answers to questions such as:  
 
Who is going to use the vehicle, vessel or craft?  
What materials are needed for production?  
How much it will cost to produce?  
 
Designers work with marketing managers, design engineers and ergonomists, in order to gather all the relevant information. In some cases, designers may get to travel, both in Ireland and abroad to study similar projects and consult with other transport design specialists. However, opportunities such as these depend largely on financial resources.  
 
When they have finished their research they turn their rough sketches into detailed drawings, increasingly using a computer-aided design (CAD) system. These can then be used to construct a prototype vehicle, vessel or craft, which is tested and supervised by the designer. Using these test results, designers refine their original work and produce working drawings. Production staff use the working drawings to manufacture and assemble relevant parts and sections.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Prepare sketches of ideas, detailed drawings, illustrations, artwork, or blueprints, using drafting instruments, paints and brushes, or computer-aided design equipment.

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Confer with engineering, marketing, production, or sales departments, or with customers, to establish and evaluate design concepts for manufactured products.

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Modify and refine designs, using working models, to conform with customer specifications, production limitations, or changes in design trends.

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Direct and coordinate the fabrication of models or samples and the drafting of working drawings and specification sheets from sketches.

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Evaluate feasibility of design ideas, based on factors such as appearance, safety, function, serviceability, budget, production costs/methods, and market characteristics.

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Present designs and reports to customers or design committees for approval, and discuss need for modification.

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Investigate product characteristics such as the product's safety and handling qualities, its market appeal, how efficiently it can be produced, and ways of distributing, using and maintaining it.

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Develop manufacturing procedures and monitor the manufacture of their designs in a factory to improve operations and product quality.

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Research production specifications, costs, production materials and manufacturing methods, and provide cost estimates and itemized production requirements.

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Participate in new product planning or market research, including studying the potential need for new products.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment:  Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Design:  Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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Engineering and Technology:  Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

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Production and Processing:  Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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Mechanical:  Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Operations Analysis:   Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a transport designer, you need creative design skills, and a knowledge of technical and manufacturing processes; the vehicles, vessels or craft you will design need to look good and work efficiently. In some cases it is more important that certain types of transport work properly, rather than look attractive (fork-lift trucks for example).

In contrast, car designers need to pay as much attention to the look of a car as they do its performance. You should possess good problem solving skills, a good technical aptitude and good communication skills.


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Organisation: Engineers Ireland
  Address: 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge Dublin 4
  Tel: (01) 665 1300
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Organisation: University of Huddersfield
  Address: Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH
  Tel: + 44 (0)1 484 422288
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