A design specialist is a person who may be involved in any of various disciplines including civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical, textiles, aerospace, nuclear, manufacturing, systems, and structural /building/architectural. Design specialists tend to work on products and systems that involve adapting and using complex scientific and mathematical techniques. The emphasis tends to be on utilizing physics and sciences to develop solutions for society.
The design specialist usually works with a team of professionals and other designers to develop conceptual and detailed designs that ensure a product actually functions, performs and is fit for its purpose. They may work with industrial designers and marketers to develop the product concept and specifications to meet customer needs and may direct the design effort.
When the design involves public safety, the design specialist is always required to have their iterations certified and approved, for example, by a professional engineer in the U.S and Canada. There is usually an “industrial exemption” for design specialists working on project internal to companies and not delivering professional services directly to the public.
Design specialist tasks
Design specialists may work in a team along with other designers to create the drawings necessary for prototyping and production, or in the case of buildings, for construction. However, with the advent of CAD and solid modeling software, the design specialists may create the drawings themselves, or perhaps with the help of many corporate service providers.
The next responsibility of many design specialists is prototyping. A model of the product is created and reviewed. Prototypes are either functional or non-functional. Functional “alpha” prototypes are used for testing; non-functional prototypes are used for form and fit checking. Virtual prototyping and hence for any such software solutions may also be used. This stage is where design flaws are found and corrected, and tooling, manufacturing fixtures, and packaging are developed.
Once the “alpha” prototype is finalized after many iterations, the next step is the “beta” pre-production prototype. The design specialist, reviews an initial run of components and assemblies for design compliance and fabrication/manufacturing methods analysis. This is often determined through statistical process control. Variations in the product are correlated to aspects of the process and eliminated. The most common metric used is the process capability index Cpk. A Cpk of 1.0 is considered the baseline acceptance for full production go-ahead.
The design specialist may follow the product and make requested changes and corrections throughout the life of the product. This is referred to as “cradle to grave”. The design specialist works closely with the manufacturing engineer throughout the product life cycle.
The design process is an information intensive one, and design specialists have been found to spend 56% of their time engaged in various information behaviors, including 14% actively searching for information. In addition to design specialists’s core technical competence, research has demonstrated the critical nature of their personal attributes, project management skills, and cognitive abilities to succeed in the role.
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