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Engineer Senior Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

One or more of the following: 1) In a supervisory capacity: Plans, develops, coordinates, and directs a large engineering project or a number of small projects with many complex features. A substantial portion of the work supervised is comparable to that described for an Engineer. 2) As an individual researcher or worker: Carries out complex or novel assignments requiring the development of new or improved techniques and procedures. Work is expected to result in the development of new or refined equipment, materials, processes, projects and/or scientific methods. 3) As a staff specialist: Develops and evaluates plans and criteria for a variety of projects and activities to be carried out by others. Assesses the feasibility and soundness of proposed engineering evaluation tests, products, or equipment when data are insufficient or confirmation by testing is advisable. Usually performs as a staff advisor and consultant to a technical specialty, a type of facility or equipment, or a program function.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is fourth in a series of five classifications and is distinguished from the Engineer in that supervision and guidance relate largely to overall objectives, critical issues, new concepts and policy matters. Incumbents consult with supervisor concerning unusual problems and developments.

Examples of Duties:

  • Plans and creates or monitors the design of engineered systems, components, or equipment.
  • Coordinates with faculty researchers and/or other engineering personnel 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 adaptation 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 systems.
  • Provides design concepts and oversees design by consulting Architects and/or Engineers; recommends design modifications or alterations as required.
  • Monitors budget, staffing, and cost control for each project.
  • Writes research papers on projects for publication and presents papers at conferences.
  • Supervises and coordinatesthe work activities of a small 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 discipline.
  • Skill in applying engineering principles and practices.
  • Skill in engineering design applications.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

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