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Mechanical Engineer Associate 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, utilizing and applying knowledge of engineering principles. 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.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is the second in a series of four classifications and is distinguished from the first level in that incumbents independently evaluate, select, and apply standard engineering techniques, procedures, and criteria using judgement in making minor adaptations and modifications.

Examples of Duties:

  • Creates and fabricates and/or assists in the design and fabrication of mechanical engineering projects, systems, or equipment.
  • 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.
  • Prepares project presentations to explain progress of project, which includes graphic illustrations, charts, and drawings.
  • Coordinates with other project group members and supervisor on mechanical design problems.
  • Performs research relating to each specific project; writes documentation and manuals.
  • 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 mechanical equipment and systems.
  • 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 two years of mechanical engineering or related experience; OR, Six 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.


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