Beretta Seeks Design Engineer

I don’t normally post about industry job vacancies, but readers frequently email me asking how to become a gun designer. This job as a design engineer at Beretta would be a very good start …

Beretta, a world-renowned firearms manufacturer, is seeking qualified candidates for a Design Engineer.

Responsible for all matters related to the product (firearm) design to include: research and development, design, improvement, problem solving, testing, procedures, internal correspondence and documentation.

Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minimum of four years experience required. CAD experience in two-dimensional drafting and three-dimensional solid design. Conventional drafting experience helpful (ink on mylar film). Experience with automatic pistol and small arms design and function. Knowledge of small arms manufacturing methods. Dimensional and tolerance relationship, tolerance studies (metric), familiar with 3 Sigma design and manufacturing concept. Geometric tolerancing (ANSI Y14.5). Knowledge of manufacturing, machining, finishing and assembly methods/processes. Knowledge of material science. Familiar with the most commonly used materials and related heat treatments in the field. Mathematical skills, background in FEM analysis a plus. Computer proficiency, including CAD. EDS Unigraphics preferred.

To view a complete job description and to apply, go to and click on Careers at Beretta.

Beretta is an EOE.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Frustrated Engineer

    Maybe this is just me, but every job offering for an engineer has impossibly high requirements. Where could they possibly find someone to fill that job other than the person who just left that job? There are probably only a dozen or so people in the whole world who can say yes to all those requirements. That’s just crazy. Instead of hoping for a knight in shining armor to come riding in to solve their problems, Beretta (and all the other companies that employ engineers) should be developing their in-house talent to fill their senior positions (something companies don’t want to do nowadays as it costs money to do so).

  • Madeleine Goddard

    I agree – this job can only be done by an experienced engineer already in the business. It is interesting that Heckler & Koch recruit the best local school leavers in Oberndorf, give them basic training and then pay to put them through appropriate university engineering degrees. The students spend their vacations working at the H&K factory. On graduating they join H&K (guaranteed job) and undergo further training. H&K assume, probably correctly, that most will stay with the company for life. Other school leavers are given appropriate technical training and apprenticeships to work in the plant. This probably explains the engineering excellence of their products. I would guess that many companies are actually seeking to recruit people already trained at H&K’s expense. Beretta might do better to think about growing future talent rather than just enticing it from elsewhere.

  • It’s quite likely they already have someone for the job. Employers are required to make jobs “available” to anyone who meets the qualifications. I was once promoted to a position that did not exist before I occupied it and an ad was dutifully placed in the local paper (I am told) looking for… me.

  • D

    interesting for a company that seeks such qualified people, i still believe they produce more inferior arms than FN, HK, and Colt.

  • Thousand_Master

    I agree with all of the statements above. How is one just going to gain 4 years of experience?! One can only tinker for so long. I think that they should look at cultivating their own talent. How reliable is someone going to be if they just quit their previous job in favor of a new one? I would imagine there would be much higher loyalty if they recruit. Heck, I’m going into engineering (military) and if a company paid my way through school and gave me a job, I’d stay there for my entire career, let alone if a firearms manufacturer asked me. On a related note, working for a gun company designing guns would be my dream job. My mother thinks its a bad idea, but I think of it as helping people defend themselves and our country. That’s my 2 cents.

  • Josh

    …This job as a design engineer at Beretta would be a very good start …

    Sounds to me like you have to have already had a very good start to even apply for this.

  • Crazyviking

    In regards to the comments above, this is not an unreasonable request from Beretta. In fact, these are very basic qualifications needed to be a professional firearms engineer..or basically just a good, all around engineer. Most of these requirements; aside from the hands-on firearms experience, are basic skills you should have learned in school, and are required for almost and position today, as a Mechanical Engineer.

    This position calls for someone who is in fact very green in the business. I couldn’t agree with you guys more about hiring from within; as H&K does, because they have learned that in this business, you will only learn what you need to know from hands-on experience.

    You can’t get a degree in weapon system development, nor are you going to find a book that’s going to give you all the answers to problems you’re going to come across. It will take a minimum of 8-10yrs, before you start becoming competent enough to where you can sit down and design a new system from scratch, or efficiently diagnose a problem with an existing products, especially when you get into semi-auto, or full-auto systems.

    I’ve been professionally developing weapon systems for some of the top companies out there; including FN & Remington, for over 12 years. Your best bet to get into this business, is get as much firearms experience under your belt as possible, and passion is a must! I understand that circumstances will drive this, but in this business…hands-on experience carries more weight than anything else.