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Mechanical Engineer Senior Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Designs, develops, fabricates, modifies, installs and/or tests mechanical or electromechanical systems such as instruments, controls, engines, machines and/or mechanical, thermal, hydraulic or heat transfer systems involved in the "cutting edge" of scientific research and/or acts as project leader in the engineering phase of a project providing professional direction and coordination to other engineers and technicians.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is fourth in a series of four classifications and is distinguished from the Mechanical Engineer level in that incumbentís work fairly independently from broad objectives. Incumbents apply intensive and diversified knowledge of engineering principles and practices and make decisions independently on engineering problems and methods. This classification requires the use of advanced techniques and the modification of theories.

Examples of Duties:

  • May supervise and/or coordinate the work activities of subordinates.
     
  • Plans and designs or manages the design of mechanical systems components, or equipment.
     
  • Confers with faculty researchers and/or Engineers to define broad research objectives and ascertain the nature of complex research problems.
     
  • Oversees the analysis or analyzes research problems, requirements and objectives; organizes and manages the adoption of engineering principles in the solution of problems for the development of new techniques, instrumentation, and/or processes.
     
  • Directs and coordinates construction, testing, and installation activities to ensure conformance to engineering design and specifications.
     
  • Coordinates operation, maintenance, and repair activities to maintain optimum utilization of equipment or system.
     
  • Provides design concepts and oversees design by consulting Architects and/or Engineers; recommends design modifications or alterations as required.
     
  • Manages budgets, staffing, and cost control for each project.
     
  • Writes research papers on projects for publication and presents papers at conferences.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of engineering principles and procedures.
     
  • Knowledge of design applications.
     
  • Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
     
  • Knowledge of mechanical equipment and systems.
     
  • Skill in engineering design applications.
     
  • Skill in applying engineering principles and procedures.
     
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field AND five years ofmechancial engineering related experience; OR, Nine years of mechanical engineering or related experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. Registration as an Engineer for the State of Arizona or proof of eligibility for reciprocity is required.

 

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