Engineer Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Classification:
Performs one or more of the following: 1) In a supervisory capacity:
Plans, develops, coordinates, and directs a number of large and
important segments of a project of major scope and importance, or is
responsible for the entire engineering program of an organization
when the program is of limited complexity and scope. Recommends
facilities, personnel, and funds required to carry out specific
projects. 2) As an individual researcher or consultant: Conceives,
plans and conducts research in problem areas of considerable scope
and complexity. Defines difficult problems through a series of
complete and conceptually related studies requiring unconventional
or novel approaches and sophisticated research techniques.
Contributes inventions, new designs or techniques, which are of
material significance in the solution of important problems. 3) As a
staff specialist: Serves as the technical specialist for the
organization in the application of advanced theories, concepts,
principles and processes for an assigned area of responsibility.
Keeps abreast of new scientific methods and developments affecting
the organization and recommends changes in emphasis of programs or
new programs warranted by such developments.
fifth in a series of five classifications and is distinguished from
the Engineer Senior, in that supervision received is essentially
administrative, with assignments given in terms of broad general
objectives and limits.
Examples of Duties:
- Responsible for planning, development, and coordination of
important segments of projects of major scope and importance, or
responsible for the entire organizational engineering program of
limited complexity and scope.
- Recommends facilities, personnel, and funds required to
carry out programs related to the project objectives.
- Conceives, plans, and conducts research in complex problem
- Defines studies requiring unconventional or novel approaches
where available guides or precedents contain critical gaps or
may be largely lacking due to the novel character of the
- Ensures that new scientific methods and developments are
included in the project if appropriate.
- Receives essentially administrative direction in terms of
broad general objectives and limits.
- Plans, organizes and supervises the work of a staff of
engineers and technicians.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of engineering principles and procedures.
- Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
- Knowledge of equipment and systems appropriate to related
- Skill in applying engineering principles and procedures.
- Skill in engineering design applications.
- Skill in both verbal and written communication.
Bachelor's degree in Engineering or related field AND eight years of
engineering or related experience; OR, Twelve 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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