CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Commercial and Industrial Designers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Designers
Benchmark Title: Commercial and Industrial Designers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. 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.
 
Coordinate the look and function of product lines.
 
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.
 
Design graphic material for use as ornamentation, illustration, or advertising on manufactured materials and packaging or containers.
 
Develop manufacturing procedures and monitor the manufacture of their designs in a factory to improve operations and product quality.
 
Supervise assistants' work throughout the design process.
 
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.
 
Develop industrial standards and regulatory guidelines.
 
Participate in new product planning or market research, including studying the potential need for new products.
 
Advise corporations on issues involving corporate image projects or problems.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Designers
Benchmark Title: Commercial and Industrial Designers
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Designers
Benchmark Title: Commercial and Industrial Designers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Technology Design Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Designers
Benchmark Title: Commercial and Industrial Designers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Designers
Benchmark Title: Commercial and Industrial Designers
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software Document management software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe FreeHand Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign Desktop publishing software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Ashlar-Vellum Cobalt Computer aided design CAD software
 
Autodesk 3ds Max Video creation and editing software
 
Autodesk AliasStudio Computer aided design CAD software
 
Autodesk AutoCAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Autodesk Maya for Design Visualization Computer aided design CAD software
 
Chaos Group V-Ray software Video creation and editing software
 
Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Corel Painter Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Dassault Systemes CATIA software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Email software Electronic mail software
 
MAXON CINEMA 4D Video creation and editing software
 
McNeel Rhino software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Microsoft Publisher Desktop publishing software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
PTC Pro/ENGINEER software Computer aided design CAD software
 
QuarkXPress Desktop publishing software
 
Siemens PLM Software UGS NX Computer aided design CAD software
 
Softimage XSI Video creation and editing software
 
SolidWorks CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
Xara Xtreme Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Compact digital cameras Digital cameras
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Liquid crystal display LCD video projectors Liquid crystal display projector
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Universal serial bus USB flash drives High capacity removable media drives
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Designers
Benchmark Title: Commercial and Industrial Designers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Designers
Benchmark Title: Commercial and Industrial Designers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Art Glass Designer
Athletic Shoe Designer
Automobile Designer
Automotive Designer
Bank Note Designer
Bicycle Designer
Bike Designer
Boat Designer
Body Stylist
Car Body Designer
Ceramic Designer
Ceramic Mold Designer
Cloth Designer
Color Adviser
Color Consultant
Color Expert
Commercial Interior Designer
Creative Director
Design Director
Design Engineer
Designer
Electrical Designer
Embroidery Designer
Engineer
Engineering Manager
Fabric Designer
Fire Sprinkler Designer
Furniture Designer
Game Designer
Graphic Designer
Industrial Designer
Jewelry Designer
Lighting Designer
Manufacturing Engineer
Mechanical Designer
Mechanical Engineer
Memorial Designer
Millinery Designer
Mold Designer
Motorcycle Designer
Ornamental Metalwork Designer
Package Designer
Packaging Designer
Pottery Decoration Designer
Product Design Engineer
Product Designer
Product Developer
Product Development Engineer
Product Engineer
Production Designer
Project Engineer
Robot Designer
Robotic Toy Inventor
Roller Coaster Designer
Rug Designer
Safety Clothing and Equipment Developer
Sign Designer
Silver Designer
Snowboard Designer
Stained Glass Artist
Stained Glass Window Designer
Surfboard Designer
Textile Designer
Tile Designer
Toy Designer
Toy Maker
Weapons Designer
Weapons Engineer
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Designers
Benchmark Title: Commercial and Industrial Designers
 
 
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