Snowboard Designer

Test and create fine and appealing snowboards.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$33,000 – $94,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Snowboard Designers do?

A Snowboard Designer designs and engineers snowboards, which are a cross between skis and skateboards. Thanks to the Snowboard Designer, snowmobiles, sleds, snowshoes, skis, and luges aren’t your only options if you ever find yourself stranded at the top of a snow-capped mountain. You can also snowboard your way to the bottom!

As a Snowboard Designer, you’re a specialty Engineer who works for a sports equipment manufacturing company, which pays you to create snowboards that are safe, sporty, and fun. This requires you to be, more than anything else, a problem solver. As a result, you spend your days deciding the best materials to use in a snowboard — for example, fiberglass, carbon fiber, epoxy, steel, or wood — as well as the best shapes, being mindful of factors such as flex pattern, torque, sidecuts, waist size, and binding position.

A 200-pound man requires a different snowboard than a 100-pound woman, for example, and a beginner requires a different snowboard than a professional, who uses his board to ride half-pipes and jumps. It’s up to you, therefore, to use the principles of math, science, and engineering to make the best boards for individual boarders and body types.

Like most Product Engineers, you spend the bulk of your days in an office using computer-aided design (CAD) software. Every once in a while, however, you get to spend a day on the slopes, testing your latest design!

Should I be a Snowboard Designer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • Also known as: Surfboard Designer

    How to become a Snowboard Designer

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