National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011


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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.

  • Illustrative example(s)

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

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Architectural technologists and technicians (2251)
    • Civil engineering design technologists (See 2231 Civil engineering technologists and technicians)
    • Electrical and electronics design technologists (See 2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians)
    • Engineering design and drafting technicians and technologists (See 2253 Drafting technologists and technicians)
    • Graphic designers and illustrators (5241)
    • Interior designers and interior decorators (5242)
    • Mechanical engineering equipment designers (See 2232 Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians)
    • Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers (5243)
  • 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
      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.
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