The Design Technology Co. is founded on providing a low-risk, easy-to-engage scalability option for design and drafting teams.

Clients with project based work will partner with DTCo. for additional skills and capacity in their design team during busy periods.

Fundamental to our design services:

  1. Our designers are highly practical meaning our designs can be built
  2. We have a high level of technological literacy, meaning we are able to efficiently leverage the latest technologies to improve the design process
  3. We enable SMEs to have access to the latest design technologies

We have a team of full-time, permanent mechanical designers in Melbourne and have partner businesses interstate. Our designers are highly practical, typically from a trade background, and proficient in 3D modelling, drafting and modern design workflows. We are able to work from our premises or on our client’s site, fully integrated with their teams. We have access to the full suite of Autodesk products and Solidworks licenses, have up-to-date hardware and are fully insured. We have a culture of continuous learning and improvement with specific structures in place to facilitate this. It is this culture that enables us to keep up-to-date with the latest technologies and implement them in the most effective way possible.  


The Design Technology Company was founded in Melbourne in July 2014 as Cornell Design Victoria. Since that time the business has grown to 20+ staff, 50+ active clients and is servicing some of Australia’s best known companies across various sectors from Defence to Rail or Dairy to Medical. In January 2019 the business rebranded to The Design Technology Company. While the timing was driven by a management buyout, the new brand was created to reflect our capabilities and knowledge around design specific technologies. While 3D CAD was ‘cutting edge’ 15 years ago that is no longer the case and there are many new pieces of technology that can make projects more efficient and lower risk. Our core business is still founded on integrating our designers into our clients teams for temporary periods, however we seek to maximise the value we can add by ensuring we offer the latest proven technological solutions.  

Jonathan (Jonno) Bannister
Managing Director

Jonno is a highly motivated, entrepreneurial-minded, practical engineer with well founded business skills. Tertiary qualified with a Bachelor of Engineering (Aero) and Economics, Jonno cut his teeth in the oil field designing, maintaining and operating downhole tooling for onshore well testing.

He then spent time in Boston, USA working in a boutique mechanical design firm supporting an R&D project with a major oilfield service provider while developing concepts a pharmaceutical company’s drug delivery challenges.

At DTCo. Jonno is focused on finding businesses who can benefit from DTCo’s capabilities. He has a genuine focus on only seeking win-win engagements and derives great satisfaction from client’s successes.

If he is not at work you’ll probably find him hanging out with his 3 young kids or one day in the future maybe getting back on the water for some competitive dinghy sailing or maybe another Sydney-to-Hobart.

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Craig Hooper
People & Innovation Manager

Craig is a time served pattern & toolmaker, with experience in automotive, aerospace and precision manufacturing environments. He is Tertiary Qualified with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.

Highly experienced in the manufacturing engineering sector, spending time in Mexico working on large scale, high precision tooling for the automotive sector. Gradually evolving with technology and a love of efficiency, to find his passion for people, technology and making things.

Craig is a compassionate and driven manager with a focus on delivering innovative technical solutions to typical engineering problems by empowering the DTCo team and mentoring individuals. He prides himself on bringing together pieces of complex puzzles and applying value-add solutions using the latest technology.

When not working, you will often find Craig building something out of timber, spending time with his wife and daughter as well as many home improvement projects on the boil. Getting out on his motorbike along the Great Ocean road when he can.

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