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Engineer Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Plans, schedules, conducts or coordinates detailed phases of the engineering work in a part of a major project or in a total project of moderate scope. Performs work that involves conventional engineering practice but may include a variety of complex features such as conflicting design requirements, unsuitability of conventional materials and difficult coordination requirements. Work requires a broad knowledge of precedents in the specialty area and a good knowledge of principles and practices or related specialties.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is third in a series of five classifications and is distinguished from the Engineer Associate in that incumbents independently perform most assignments with instructions as to the general results expected. They receive technical guidance on unusual or complex problems and supervisory approval on proposed plans for projects.

Examples of Duties:

  • Creates engineered components, electrical circuits, equipment and integrated systems.
  • Coordinates engineering calculations by calculator or computer to solve routine engineering problems.
  • Oversees the design or develops engineering drawings including plans and specifications based on calculations; reviews, interprets and revises engineering drawings.
  • Requisitions components and supplies for engineering projects, interacting with vendors to obtain price and product information.
  • Estimates budget for each project including cost of personnel and materials.
  • Oversees and/or performs the fabrication of experimental equipment.
  • Coordinates the troubleshooting and repair of equipment and/or performs testing and troubleshooting of experimental equipment and systems and performs repairs, modifications or adjustments to eliminate malfunctions.
  • Performs research relating to each specific project; writes documentation and manuals.
  • Coordinates with other project group members and supervisor on design problems.
  • Writes specifications for purchase of new equipment.
  • Trains faculty, staff and students in the operation of equipment.
  • Supervises and coordinates the work activities of engineers, drafters, technicians, and others who assist in specific assignments.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of engineering principles and procedures.
  • Knowledge of design applications.
  • Knowledge of equipment and systems appropriate to related discipline.
  • Skill in applying engineering principles and procedures.
  • Skill in engineering design applications.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Engineering or related field AND Four years of engineering or related experience; OR, Eight years of engineering or related experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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