What does a Technical Designer do?

Technical designers work in the fashion industry and take garments from concept to shelf-ready products. They bring creative designs and adapt them into tangible products. They work and develop a plan with manufacturers and ensure that the finished product meets their company’s quality standards. They discuss designs with a fashion designer to generate realistic and practical compromises and draft initial sketches for approval and review.

Technical designers draft a final design in a software system including AutoCAD and coordinate with manufacturers and vendors to produce the design. When a final product is delivered, technical designers review and inspect it for quality. They measure garments and accessories to align with specifications, attend product fittings, and collaborate with vendors. They identify potential problems with products and follow through to ensure concerns or flaws are resolved as scheduled. They must travel both domestically and internationally to meet with manufacturers, designs, and vendors. Technical designers need a bachelor's degree in fashion or related fields.

What responsibilities are common for Technical Designer jobs?
  • Participate in the validation of EDC studies when requested.
  • Use design tools to document and maintain configuration design control.
  • Manage, create, develop and maintain complex systems designs by preparing design layouts, modifying existing designs and integrating systems elements.
  • Manage new feature requests, product backlog, and prioritization process.
  • Develop, maintain and release electrical/mechanical drawings, systems designs or engineering documentation and data by applying company, industry and governmental standards.
  • Coordinate activities and products with cross-functional groups, internal partners and external suppliers.
  • Use design tools to prepare documentation and incorporate design changes.
  • Develop and maintain product installation designs and part designs ranging from simple to moderately complex.
  • Coordinate activities and products with internal partners and external suppliers.
  • Assist managers in data collection for productivity, quality, timelines and resource planning.
  • Conduct team meetings and provide guidance to programmers and data managers.
  • Assign tasks and responsibilities to team members, in a manner that optimizes team capability and deliver timely and accurate results.
  • Manage and work on security dashboard to manage service action items and compliance activities as they become defined or discovered.
  • Design and develop solutions to keep software and systems in sync to fulfill the data and reporting requirements.
  • Manage source code.
What are the typical qualifications for Technical Designer jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in computer science, engineering, information systems, or information technology.
  • Experience with 3D Studio Max, LEED, PLM, InDesign, LMS, CAD and AutoCAD software and systems.
  • Fluency in pattern making, building information modeling, illustration and 3D Modeling.
  • A natural collaborator with strict attention to detail.
  • Prior experience as a consultant.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Technical Designer make?

Technical Designer Career Path

Learn how to become a Technical Designer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Technical Designer
$117,330/yr
L3
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
15%
2 - 4
66%
5 - 7
12%
8+
7%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
See Career Path

Technical Designer Insights

Read what Technical Designer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Kate Spade New YorkKate Spade New York
Associate Technical Designer
May 5, 2020

“Pay is reasonable for NYC and is good.”

BoeingBoeing
Technical Designer
Jul 21, 2021

“get to work on many cool projects and big airplanes with really nice individual people.”

GenslerGensler
Technical Designer
May 19, 2022

“Salary is good but not the best”

BCBGBCBG
Technical Designer
May 22, 2020

“Great working and learning experience for career growth”

GenslerGensler
Technical Designer
Sep 5, 2021

“bad work and life balance”

Brooks Brothers Far EastBrooks Brothers Far East
Technical Designer
Mar 4, 2021

“Not all but most people were nice to work with.”

FusionQBFusionQB
Senior Technical Developer
May 14, 2022

“1. Good (but not great) learning opportunities for starters”

GenslerGensler
Technical Designer
Aug 23, 2020

“Showing off is not about bullying people who you don't considered as a friend.”

See More

Technical Designer Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Technical Designer

When working as a Technical Designer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are CAD Software, Adobe Photoshop, Security Clearance, AutoCAD, and Revit.

The most similar professions to Technical Designer are:
  • Creative Designer
  • Design Manager
  • Creative Director
  • Designer

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

Related Careers

Creative Designer
$109,189
25% skills overlap
Design Manager
$108,756
Creative Director
$136,165
No skills overlap
Designer
$112,332
25% skills overlap

Technical Designer Jobs