What does a Principal Design Engineer do?

A Design Engineer interfaces with customers and identifies their needs. A Design Engineer will then work with various departments from network engineers, support and operations to ensure a plan is in motion to improve the customer's experience. A Design Engineer seeks to balance various aspects of the project, from safety to design. Additionally, a Design Engineer researches advanced technology regarding best practices in the field and finds cost-effective solutions.

A Design Engineer is generally located within a large company and work alongside other professionals to meet customer's needs. They usually begin as junior level engineers, and as they advance on their career path within the company will become promoted to the role. A bachelor's degree is required for the position, with many holding degrees in Mechanical Engineering or related engineering field. Individuals with a firm holistic understanding of both the operational and scope aspects of projects tend to excel in this position.

  • Analyze current engineering methods used within the company and develop steps and processes to improve
  • Document and monitor requirements needed to institute proposed updates in relation to customer experience
  • Establish a framework for necessary contributions from various departments and facilitate their collaboration
  • Work alongside project management teams to successfully monitor progress and implementation of engineering initiatives
  • Assist other department engineers in creating practical demonstrations of proposed solutions and creating them for other members of the team
  • Account for possible project challenges or constraints and proactively seek to manage challenges
  • Provide detailed specifications for proposed solutions including time and scope involved
  • Define clear goals for all aspects of a project and develop steps for their proper execution
  • Experience developing product design and manufacturing
  • Project development and leadership skills are essential
  • Master's degree in Manufacturing Engineering or Design Engineering preferred
  • Up to date understanding of best practices regarding system security measures
  • Advanced understanding of business analysis techniques and processes
  • Experience with software engineering, customer experience and design architecture
  • Ability to work with various departments to facilitate the orderly execution of a proposed project plan
  • Extensive knowledge and experience working with various operating systems
  • Professional work experience reviewing and analyzing prototypes and product modifications
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Principal Design Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$90,803 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$59K
Median: $91K
$141K
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Principal Design Engineer Career Path

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Principal Design Engineer Insights

Read what Principal Design Engineer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
P2S Inc.P2S Inc.
Design Engineer
Feb. 8, 2021

“Has an amazing group of leaders with a great focus on knowledge and further personal development”

NetronomeNetronome
Silicon Design Engineer
Sep. 23, 2019

“I worked here as an entry level engineer and it was a nice learning experience working on a complex development project”

QuEST GlobalQuEST Global
Senior Design Engineer
Apr. 20, 2020

“It was good to work with Quest and got good Exposure in Turbine and Turbine Related Concepts.”

Revamp EngineeringRevamp Engineering
Design Engineer
Mar. 11, 2021

“The team is communicative and I genuinely enjoy talking with and getting to know my teammates.”

AMSYS Innovative SolutionsAMSYS Innovative Solutions
Telecom Design Engineer
Jan. 10, 2022

“Everyone treats each other in a good way and everyone is respectful to each other.”

Tata TechnologiesTata Technologies
Design Engineer
Jul. 7, 2020

“Not good salary and increment since last 5 yrs.Even no promotion offers to anyone.”

L3HarrisL3Harris
Hardware Design Engineer
Nov. 21, 2019

“Best of all are the great people I get to work with and the exciting problems that we solve together.”

MavenirMavenir
FPGA Design Engineer
May 20, 2021

“Good for career Growth if you get into R&D or new feature implementation or product.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Principal Design Engineer

When working as a Principal Design Engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are FPGA Design, Systemverilog, MATLAB, Decryption and Antennas.

The most similar professions to Principal Design Engineer are:
  • Manufacturing Manager
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer

The most common qualifications to become a Principal Design Engineer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.