Commercial and Industrial Designers

OCCUPATION DESCRIPTION

Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children’s toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.

SKILLS & REQUIRED SKILL LEVELS
Core Skill Levels Required:
  • Reading Comprehension: 4.12
  • Critical Thinking: 4
  • Active Listening: 4
  • Speaking: 4
  • Active Learning: 4
  • Complex Problem Solving: 3.88
  • Operations Analysis: 3.88
  • Writing: 3.88
  • Systems Evaluation: 3.75
  • Monitoring: 3.75
  • Judgment and Decision Making: 3.75
  • Coordination: 3.62
  • Persuasion: 3.62
  • Technology Design: 3.62
  • Mathematics: 3.5
  • Systems Analysis: 3.5
  • Social Perceptiveness: 3.25
Supplemental Skill Levels Required:
  • Time Management: 3.12
  • Management of Personnel Resources: 2.88
  • Quality Control Analysis: 2.88
  • Instructing: 2.88
  • Learning Strategies: 2.88
  • Science: 2.75
  • Negotiation: 2.75
  • Operation Monitoring: 2.5
  • Service Orientation: 2.38
  • Management of Material Resources: 2.12
  • Equipment Selection: 1.88
  • Management of Financial Resources: 1.75
  • Operation and Control: 1.5
  • Programming: 1.5
  • Troubleshooting: 0.88
CORE TASKS
  • Prepare sketches of ideas, detailed drawings, illustrations, artwork, or blueprints, using drafting instruments, paints and brushes, or computer-aided design equipment.
  • Direct and coordinate the fabrication of models or samples and the drafting of working drawings and specification sheets from sketches.
  • Modify and refine designs, using working models, to conform with customer specifications, production limitations, or changes in design trends.
  • Confer with engineering, marketing, production, or sales departments, or with customers, to establish and evaluate design concepts for manufactured products.
  • Present designs and reports to customers or design committees for approval and discuss need for modification.
  • Evaluate feasibility of design ideas, based on factors such as appearance, safety, function, serviceability, budget, production costs/methods, and market characteristics.
  • Read publications, attend showings, and study competing products and design styles and motifs to obtain perspective and generate design concepts.
  • Research production specifications, costs, production materials, and manufacturing methods and provide cost estimates and itemized production requirements.
  • Develop manufacturing procedures and monitor the manufacture of their designs in a factory to improve operations and product quality.
  • Fabricate models or samples in paper, wood, glass, fabric, plastic, metal, or other materials, using hand or power tools.
  • 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.
  • Participate in new product planning or market research, including studying the potential need for new products.

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