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Engineer Associate Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Conducts research and development activities concerned with the design, development, fabrication, modification, installation and/or testing of electrical/electronic parts, components, equipment and systems, utilizing and applying knowledge of engineering principles.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is second in a series of five classifications and is distinguished from the Engineer Assistant in that incumbents independently evaluate, select and apply standard engineering techniques, procedures and criteria, using judgement in making minor adaptations and modification. Incumbents receive instructions on specific assignment objectives, complex features and possible solutions. Assistance is furnished on unusual problems and work is reviewed for application of sound professional judgement.

Examples of Duties:

  • Creates and fabricates or assists in the design and fabrication of electrical and/or electronic components, electrical circuits, equipment and integrated systems.
  • Performs engineering calculations by calculator or computer to solve engineering problems.
  • Develops engineering drawings including plans and specifications based on calculations.
  • Coordinates the troubleshooting and repair of equipment and/or troubleshoots systems and equipment and performs repairs.
  • Provides advice and assistance in the maintenance of a wide variety of instruments.
  • Requisitions components and supplies for engineering projects, interacting with vendors to obtain price and product information.
  • Coordinates with other project group members and supervisor on electrical and/or electronic design problems.
  • Performs research relating to each specific project; writes documentation and manuals.
  • Supervises & coordinates, the work activities of subordinates.
  • Trains faculty, staff and students in the operation of equipment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of engineering principles and procedures.
  • Knowledge of design applications.
  • Knowledge of electrical and/or electronic equipment and systems.
  • Skill in applying engineering principles and procedures.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Engineering or related field AND two years of engineering or related experience; OR, Six 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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