National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
Today's design engineers act as developers, drivers and originators in the process of creating new products. They conceive new products for businesses taking account of all the phases in the product's life cycle, and they provide the documentation needed to manufacture them. As such, they have a direct influence on the success of manufacturing companies. They need to be creative and continuously rise to the challenge of using new materials and technologies. In addition to traditional design engineering know-how in areas such as machine components and materials, functional groups, production and assembly technology, design engineering methodology, systematic problem solving and spatial visualisation skills, they increasingly also require IT and programming skills as well as electrical engineering and mechatronics know-how. Systems design draws on a combination of all these skills.