Profession ergonomist

Ergonomists analyse the design of equipment, furniture, and systems in order to improve it toward safer, healthier, and more efficient ones. They strive to improve the interaction of people with equipment and the environment.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Enterprising
  • Investigative / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Copyright legislation

    Legislation describing the protection of the rights of original authors over their work, and how others can use it.

  • Ergonomics

    The science of designing systems, processes and products that complement the strengths of people so that they can use them easily and safely.

  • Human anatomy

    The dynamic relationship of human structure and function and the muscosceletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, urinary, reproductive, integumentary and nervous systems; normal and altered anatomy and physiology throughout the human lifespan.

  • Design principles

    The elements used in design such as unity, scale, proportion, balance, symmetry, space, form, texture, colour, light, shade and congruence and their application into practice.

  • Mathematics

    Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. It involves the identification of patterns and formulating new conjectures based on them. Mathematicians strive to prove the truth or falsity of these conjectures. There are many fields of mathematics, some of which are widely used for practical applications.

Skills

  • Follow a brief

    Interpret and meet requirements and expectations, as discussed and agreed upon with the customers.

  • Use CAD software

    Use computer-aided design (CAD) systems to assist in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimisation of a design.

  • Draw design sketches

    Create rough pictures to assist in creating and communicating design concepts.

  • Identify customer's needs

    Use appropriate questions and active listening in order to identify customer expectations, desires and requirements according to product and services.

  • Draft design specifications

    List the design specifications such as materials and parts to be used and a cost estimate.

  • Determine suitability of materials

    While designing products, determine if materials are suitable and available for production.

  • Consult with design team

    Discuss the project and design concepts with the design team, finalise proposals and present these to stakeholders.

  • Analyse ergonomics in different workplaces

    Analyse how people interact with machinery, equipment, and work spaces from an ergonomic point of view.

  • Conduct research on trends in design

    Conduct research on present and future evolutions and trends in design, and associated target market features.

Optional knowledge and skills

assess ergonomics of the workplace adapt to new design materials 3d modelling occupational physiology write manuals engineering principles manufacturing processes create a product's virtual model industrial design gather feedback from employees build a product's physical model use technical drawing software teach ergonomics in work place prepare production prototypes aesthetics adapt existing designs to changed circumstances apply 3d imaging techniques design prototypes engineering processes