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Technical product designer

Technical product designer: Combination of design and functionality

Technical product designers, who have originated from the technical draughtsperson profession, develop and produce many different kinds of technical design. Regardless of whether they are minute plastic parts or industrial manufacturing systems: Technical product designers are responsible for the drafting, design and conception thereof. Dimensions and models are calculated and worked out exactly when doing this. Technical product designers are also responsible for selecting suitable manufacturing and joining methods and developing simulations. This ensures that every product can be manufactured in an optimum way and launched onto the market.

Because of their wide range of technical, design and material-specific knowledge, technical product designers are often used in the development and construction departments of industrial companies. Technical product designers are primarily involved in mechanical engineering and plant construction, vehicle construction and in the areas of mechatronics, electrical engineering and medical engineering.

TECHNICAL PRODUCT DESIGNER

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Are you looking for a job as a technical product designer (m/f/d)?

Are you looking for a new challenge in which your creativity is just as in demand as your technical skills? Apply your skills as a technical product designer in the manufacture of furniture, electrical machinery, computer hardware or in companies that manufacture vehicles, mechanical engineering companies and plant construction companies.

Are you looking for a technical product designer (m/f/d)?

Are you looking for technical product designers who enjoy developing your product and also have the necessary knowledge for drawing up technical construction plans? Does the person also need a good feel for design and be familiar with a wide variety of materials and their applications? With us you will find the technical product designer who is suitable for you.

Are you looking for an exciting project as a technical product designer?

Have you already been able to demonstrate your know-how as a technical product designer (technical draughtsperson) in several projects and are looking for a new job? Bring your industry-specific knowledge with you into a new project, and actively support it in creating and designing other products and technical systems. Let's go.

Technical product designers are responsible for the planning, conception and design of assemblies and components. Models are calculated with millimetre accuracy using CAD programs. A high degree of technical understanding and knowledge of different materials also helps you to select suitable manufacturing and joining methods and develop simulations. Technical product designers can be just as involved in the development of a Smartphone as the design of a forklift truck.

Technical product designers are responsible for the planning, conception and design of assemblies and components. Models are calculated with millimetre accuracy using CAD programs. A high degree of technical understanding and knowledge of different materials also helps you to select suitable manufacturing and joining methods and develop simulations. Technical product designers can be just as involved in the development of a Smartphone as the design of a forklift truck.


Technical product designers are not only responsible for ensuring that components or assemblies function properly. Your task is also to create designs with the aid of special software, taking the technology that is to be used into consideration.

Technical product designers should be able to perform the following tasks:

  • Production of diagrams and construction proposals
  • Production and modification of drawings using 3D CAD systems
  • Detailed working out
  • Production of parts lists
  • Production of technical documentation
  • Providing project support in compliance with the specified times and objectives
  • Supporting the project designers

Technical product designers are not only responsible for ensuring that components or assemblies function properly. Your task is also to create designs with the aid of special software, taking the technology that is to be used into consideration.

Technical product designers should be able to perform the following tasks:

  • Production of diagrams and construction proposals
  • Production and modification of drawings using 3D CAD systems
  • Detailed working out
  • Production of parts lists
  • Production of technical documentation
  • Providing project support in compliance with the specified times and objectives
  • Supporting the project designers

As well as having the ability to design, construct and develop components and products, technical product designers should have good knowledge of detailing and the production of drawings.

The following hard skills are also required:

  • Very good 2D and 3D CAD knowledge (AutoCAD, Inventor and other CAD tools)
  • Knowledge of the material properties
  • Knowledge of different manufacturing methods

The following soft skills are also beneficial:

  • Capability of working in a team
  • Reliability
  • Independent and structured way of working
  • Creativity
  • Solution orientation
  • Commitment and flexibility

As well as having the ability to design, construct and develop components and products, technical product designers should have good knowledge of detailing and the production of drawings.

The following hard skills are also required:

  • Very good 2D and 3D CAD knowledge (AutoCAD, Inventor and other CAD tools)
  • Knowledge of the material properties
  • Knowledge of different manufacturing methods

The following soft skills are also beneficial:

  • Capability of working in a team
  • Reliability
  • Independent and structured way of working
  • Creativity
  • Solution orientation
  • Commitment and flexibility

Prospective technical product designers start with a salary of around EUR 830 during their training, which increases with each year of training up to a monthly salary of approximately EUR 1,120.

As a career starter, technical product designers can expect gross earnings of between EUR 1,700 and 2,800 per month. During the course of their professional career, it is possible to end up with a peak gross salary of approximately EUR 4,400 per month.

Prospective technical product designers start with a salary of around EUR 830 during their training, which increases with each year of training up to a monthly salary of approximately EUR 1,120.

As a career starter, technical product designers can expect gross earnings of between EUR 1,700 and 2,800 per month. During the course of their professional career, it is possible to end up with a peak gross salary of approximately EUR 4,400 per month.


As a technical product designer, candidates with good qualifications, a high degree of technical understanding, a systematic way of working and with team spirit have good chances of getting a job. It is also foreseeable that the number of employees with appropriate specialist knowledge who are retiring will exceed number of experts coming onto the market in the next few years – which is why the job market is becoming increasingly attractive for the technical product designer profession.

During your career, opportunities for advancement may arise which can be achieved by having better professional qualifications.

The following qualifications will allow you to climb the corporate ladder:

  • State-certified technician
  • State-certified designer
  • Technical (certified) business economist

Technical product designers can also study part-time. There is also the option of distance learning. Work, family and studies can be perfectly combined in this way. The following are particularly suitable as postgraduate courses:

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction

As a technical product designer, candidates with good qualifications, a high degree of technical understanding, a systematic way of working and with team spirit have good chances of getting a job. It is also foreseeable that the number of employees with appropriate specialist knowledge who are retiring will exceed number of experts coming onto the market in the next few years – which is why the job market is becoming increasingly attractive for the technical product designer profession.

During your career, opportunities for advancement may arise which can be achieved by having better professional qualifications.

The following qualifications will allow you to climb the corporate ladder:

  • State-certified technician
  • State-certified designer
  • Technical (certified) business economist

Technical product designers can also study part-time. There is also the option of distance learning. Work, family and studies can be perfectly combined in this way. The following are particularly suitable as postgraduate courses:

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction

In their training, technical product designers can choose between specialising in "Product design and construction" or "Machine and system construction". In the training as a technical product designer specializing in "Product design and construction", the main focus is on the costs, the design and the technical possibilities of materials, standards and assembly techniques for 3D models. In contrast to this, the "Machine and system construction" specialization focuses on the design of 3-D models of components and assemblies for vehicles, machinery and plants. The essential basics of control and electrical engineering are taught when doing this.

The training is divided between the company and the vocational school, and usually lasts for 3.5 years. During this time, the foundations are laid for starting your career as a technical product designer.

In their training, technical product designers can choose between specialising in "Product design and construction" or "Machine and system construction". In the training as a technical product designer specializing in "Product design and construction", the main focus is on the costs, the design and the technical possibilities of materials, standards and assembly techniques for 3D models. In contrast to this, the "Machine and system construction" specialization focuses on the design of 3-D models of components and assemblies for vehicles, machinery and plants. The essential basics of control and electrical engineering are taught when doing this.

The training is divided between the company and the vocational school, and usually lasts for 3.5 years. During this time, the foundations are laid for starting your career as a technical product designer.


Technical product designers often work in development and construction departments of industrial companies and implement construction diagrams in such a way that the object can be manufactured with millimetre precision. When doing this, they let their knowledge of materials and manufacturing methods flow into the process as well as their feel for good design. At the same time, they have an overview of the required work steps, materials and costs that arise during production. And if things get tricky at any point, they can provide practical solution approaches thanks to their creative way of thinking.

Technical product designers often work in development and construction departments of industrial companies and implement construction diagrams in such a way that the object can be manufactured with millimetre precision. When doing this, they let their knowledge of materials and manufacturing methods flow into the process as well as their feel for good design. At the same time, they have an overview of the required work steps, materials and costs that arise during production. And if things get tricky at any point, they can provide practical solution approaches thanks to their creative way of thinking.


Find your next dream job as a “technical product designer” with Hays

Would you like to develop yourself further or take your expertise into another company? With the aid of our "Find & Engage" concept, we can place you with companies in accordance with your qualifications and wishes. To do this, we carefully compare your applicant profile with the vacancies of companies and their applicant profiles and establish initial contacts. If both parties are interested in collaborating after talking to each other, the framework conditions for the contract are agreed with Hays. This means that you will either be employed directly by the company or by Hays as part of the temporary employment agency.

Companies have the major advantage that we select their future qualified candidates in a targeted manner. We can establish contacts and fill vacancies quickly within a very short time. We also speed up the time-consuming application process for our applicants.

Simply start a new professional future with Hays.

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