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Mechanical Engineer 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 for a part of a major project or for a total project of moderate scope.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is third in a series of four classifications and is distinguished from the second level in that incumbents deal with a variety of complex features such as conflicting design requirements, unsuitability of standard materials, and difficult coordination requirements. Incumbents in this level are fully competent engineers in all conventional aspects of the subject matter or the functional area of the assignment and devise new approaches to problems encountered. Work requires a broad knowledge of precedents in the specialty area and a good working knowledge of principles and practices of related specialties.

Examples of Duties:

  • Designs mechanical systems and components, which includes selecting or designing all drive components to be included in mechanism, estimating load and load factor on mechanism, and designing load bearing structures in the mechanism.
  • Performs engineering calculations and analysis by calculator or computer to solve 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, interfacing 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 and writes technical reports and scientific articles.
  • Coordinates with other project group members, other Engineers and/or supervisor on mechanical design problems.
  • Trains faculty, staff and students in the operation of equipment.
  • May supervise and/or coordinate the work activities of subordinates.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of engineering principles and procedures.
  • Knowledge of design applications.
  • Knowledge of mechanical equipment and systems.
  • 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 Mechanical Engineering or related field AND four years of mechanical engineering or related experience; OR, Eight 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 with the State of Arizona or proof of eligibility for reciprocity is required.


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