About Design Engine

Work Smarter, Not Harder

Our Mission

Design Engine is committed to providing holistic education for product development, industrial design, mechanical engineering, and manufacturing communities. We simply help designers, engineers, and manufacturers work smarter not harder.

Design Engine empowers CAD professionals and the future minds of the industry to significantly increase their design and engineering capabilities through innovative and comprehensive training challenges.

Bart Brejcha explaining 3D modeling software to students

It's not about how fast you can model something. It's about how fast you can change it 20 times that makes you an expert.

Bart Brejcha
Bart Brejcha teaching students 3D modeling

What we do

Design Engine has been a world leader in delivering high-impact courses for 3D CAD professionals, industrial designers, mechanical engineers, draftsmen, mechanics, and game designers alike. As pioneers of Top-down Design, our team has successfully trained thousands of engineers and designers from companies including Bissell, Caterpillar, Ingersoll Rand, GE Medical, US Army, US Air Force, Newell Brands, General Atomics, Harley Davidson, and General Dynamics.

Here at Design Engine, we are incredibly passionate about learning. We believe that good design should transcend the software, which is why we focus on fundamental design & 3D modeling skills. We help designers and engineers adopt a robust, resilient modeling workflow and challenge teams to approach problems with new perspectives that facilitate the learning process. Read testimonials from those who have trained in the past.

Who we are

Bart Brejcha on a motorcycle

Bart Brejcha

Principal Instructor

Michael Run

Principal Designer/Instructor

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Jake Rynkiewicz

Industrial Designer/Instructor

Liz Wisdom with BB8 replica

Liz Wisdom

Graphic/Digital Designer

Sondra Ellingson sound proofing a room

Sondra Ellingson

Marketing Manager

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Jeremy Dixon

Account Manager/Junior Web Developer

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Chris Ireland

Account Manager

Since 1994, it has been our aim to bring together a sense of community among design and engineering professionals. With over 25 years of industry experience, we will continue being a place for sharing innovative thoughts and ideas. Technology is swift and the industry is constantly changing. Let us help you or your team progress along with it.

Originally located in Chicago’s West Loop, Design Engine relocated north to the Lakeview neighborhood in early 2018. We are currently surrounded by an abundance of boutique restaurants, breweries, shops and activities for participants to enjoy during their visit to our Chicago location.