Bringing new developments into the world
Develop new things, improve existing ones: As a development engineer, your focus is on taking new products from an idea to concrete implementation, developing new processes or working methods, and optimising existing products and processes.
Our development engineers work in different positions and different industries; Thanks to our broad customer portfolio, you always have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications by working on projects which are very different.
What are the tasks of development engineers?
The job profile of development engineers does not have a fixed definition. Depending on the working environment and the specific industry, you may be asked to perform a wide variety of tasks. The one thing that they all have in common is the focus on innovative solutions and the willingness to look outside of the box.
They include the following areas of responsibility:
- Analysing innovations and developments for their technical feasibility
- Designing, developing and manufacturing new products and processes and introducing them; including testing and evaluation of results and the production of suitable test concepts
- Developing and implementing optimisations
Development engineers work specifically on sub-aspects or accompany the entire process from the initial sketches and models to practical prototypes and the final manufacturing process. These include both feasibility studies and also an evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of new developments.
Everything includes a considerable amount of communication: For both internal and external deadlines, work steps, targets and new developments must be introduced and defended, and involve cooperation and comprehensive coordination with other departments, suppliers and customers in the majority of cases.
In bigger teams, the engineers are often also at least partially responsible for project management, the budget, the schedule and employee management.
We’ll provide you with a wide variety of work!
Our customers are companies from different industries with whom we realise a wide variety of projects together.
What can development engineers specialise in?
Development engineers basically have the opportunity to specialise in a specific application area or industry, for course, such as mechanical and plant engineering or the field of vehicle technology and mechatronics, medical technology and also in demanding specialist areas such as space technology. A specialization such as this can be useful for acquiring really in-depth knowledge and experience in the respective area.
However, the most important distinction is usually between research and development on the one hand, and planning and implementation on the other.
The crucial difference:
- Research is more about observing and evaluating innovations and scientific or technical developments (e.g. by means of feasibility studies which examine a potential innovation from practical and economic points of view).
- Implementation, on the other hand, specifically deals with the construction of new systems or the planning of new processes based on these innovations.
What requirements should development engineers have?
Development engineers should possess all of the basic knowledge and skills which are important for the engineering profession: technical expertise, good knowledge of English and knowledge of legal requirements and standards. Further experience with scientific methods is just as useful as precise knowledge of materials and similar background knowledge for the research area.
There is also the capability of working creatively and thinking in an analytical way. Development engineers usually work for specific areas within the company, meaning that not only are social skills and the ability to work in a team extremely important (no one can deal with these tasks on their own), but the engineers also have to be in a position to develop and work specifically on achieving the goals of these departments.
What career opportunities are there for development engineers?
Development engineers are very important in many industries, particularly the automotive, electrical engineering, mechanical and plant engineering industries and the energy sector.
They are increasingly in demand, particularly because of the transformation processes which started in the last few decades. Digitalization, which is still on the increase, and the sustainable ecological restructuring of the economy with the energy transition and developments such as electromobility, require increasing amounts of innovation and technical development.
Development engineers therefore have good prospects of further development during the course of their working lives; starting with positions which are more hands-on, they then have good opportunities of being involved in project management, advancing to department management or taking on further management positions.