Technical and creative -
the occupational profile of an industrial designer


Industrial designers use their expertise to develop and create modules and small and large parts for various aircraft. You need to have a degree in a technical subject to work as an industrial designer.


Jobs for Industrial Designers


An industrial designer handles tasks from a range of different fields. As an industrial designer at ARTS, you will play an influential role in the design of subsystems and aircraft components. Industrial designers are often called design engineers. Development engineers specialising in design can also work as industrial designers.

You need a degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering or a similar degree with an emphasis on design to become an industrial designer.

An industrial designer's main task is developing, creating and constructing subsystems and components, on time and in budget. After the design has been drawn up, the product/module is developed by the development engineers so that production can be made possible. 2D and 3D structures are developed, depending on the customer's requirements. Often the structure is developed and visualised with the help of "CATIA V4" or "CATIA V5" CAD systems. Drawing up construction documents and parts lists is another job that has to be done by industrial engineers. Their expertise enables them to analyse and evaluate pre-construction documents and check over technical drawings. Our ARTS industrial designers also work on detailed development tasks and optimise components and modules. Another important task to be fulfilled by industrial designers is compliance with the applicable rules and regulations.

At ARTS, development engineers work on projects such as Airbus A350 and A380. They also construct subsystems for Airbus helicopters, such as the Airbus H135 and Airbus H145.

The job of industrial designer requires imagination and the ability to think both spatially and mathematically, along with communication skills, the ability to work in a team, and conflict resolution skills, thanks to the close collaboration and consultation with other departments.

Currently, approximately 5% of ARTS' workforce is made up of industrial designers. We are constantly on the lookout for additional industrial designers to support our team. The relevant positions can be found on our job board.


Projects for our industrial designer    

ARTS design engineers are involved in creating small and large parts, such as aircraft door systems, manufacturing equipment, or the construction of modules for the fuel supply. At our sites in Seville, Manching, Dresden and Donauwörth, our design engineers work for clients including Airbus Defence and Space, Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) and Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH.

Our design engineers in Seville and Manching work for our clients Airbus Defence and Space, developing subsystems, including for the Airbus A400M. The construction of aircraft door systems or wing components is enabled by our development engineers in Manching.

Donauwörth is where small parts are designed, such as those for H135 and H145 helicopters. Our industrial designers in Dresden develop lightweight components for the Airbus 380 on behalf of Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW).


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Applying as industrial designer at ARTS 

We expect the following minimum qualifications from our industrial designers:

  • A degree in engineering, preferably in aerospace engineering or mechanical engineering
  • Experience in the field of construction
  • Very good knowledge of CATIA V4, CATIA V5
  • Knowledge of Nastran / Patran
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Proficiency in German and English

Additional specific requirements are given in the job advertisement. If you cannot find what you are looking for on our job board, we would be happy to receive a speculative application from you (online, via email or by post).