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Unit Group

2252 Industrial Designers

Industrial designers conceptualize and produce designs for manufactured products. They are employed by manufacturing industries and private design firms or they may be self-employed.

Example Titles

  • furniture designer
  • industrial design consultant
  • industrial designer
  • industrial products designer
  • product designer
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Main duties


Industrial designers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Consult with client, engineers or production specialists to establish product requirements
  • Analyze the intended use of product and user preferences
  • Conduct research into cost, properties of production materials and methods of production
  • Prepare design concepts, sketches or models for approval
  • Prepare manufacturing drawings, specifications and guidelines for production and construct prototype of design
  • Consult with engineers and production staff during manufacturing stage.

Employment requirements

  • A university degree in industrial design, architecture, engineering
    or
    A college diploma in industrial design is required.
  • Creative ability, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work, is required.

Additional information

  • There is mobility between positions in this unit group.
  • Mobility is possible to other design occupations.

Classified elsewhere

  • Architectural Technologists and Technicians (2251)
  • Civil engineering design technologists (in 2231 Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians )
  • Electrical and electronics design technologists (in 2241 Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians )
  • Engineering design and drafting technicians and technologists (in 2253 Drafting Technologists and Technicians )
  • Graphic Designers and Illustrators (5241)
  • Interior Designers (5242)
  • Mechanical engineering equipment designers (in 2232 Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians )
  • Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers (5243)