Function: This position is responsible for participating in the development of complex electrohydraulic, electromechanical, mechanical and electopneumatic components and systems that will become the new products of clients. The incumbent performs routine engineering work requiring the application of standard techniques, procedures, and criteria in carrying out a variety of engineering tasks. Limited exercise of judgment is required on details of work and in making preliminary selections and adaptations of engineering alternatives.
NATURE AND SCOPE:
A variety of technical functions exist within the Design/Development Engineering Department. Reporting to the division's Chief Engineer typically are Associate Engineers, Development Engineers, Design and Project Engineers, Senior Design and Senior Project Engineers, Senior Staff Engineers, and Principal Engineers, as well as Section Heads or Group Leaders. The Associate Engineer typically reports to an Engineering Manager, Section Head or Group Leader, who reviews assignments for unusual or difficult problems and selects techniques and procedures to be applied to non routine work. The incumbent receives close supervision on new aspects of assignments, often under the guidance of a senior engineer, as well as his/her Engineering Manager, Section Head or Group Leader.
The Associate Engineer will contribute to the analysis, conceptual design, development, and test of complex control hardware used on military, commercial and NASA vehicles and equipment. The products generally are unique for each customer. Therefore, most new applications require a special, tailored design, even though adaptation of existing designs always should be considered where appropriate. The Associate Engineer will operate as part of a design/development team, which includes other Department engineers. The incumbent may be assisted by drafters, technicians, and others who assist in specific assignments.
In the early stages of a new program, the project team will consult with the customer, establish the problem statement, conceive of potential hardware solutions to the problem, often through extensive trade studies, and then create a successful technical proposal. This phase is critical in that it
establishes the basis for future design, and for contract negotiations. Under the technical direction of the team's lead Engineer, the Associate Engineer will then contribute to the evolution of the conceptual design, technical project planning, detail design, and development testing, using prescribed methods, performing specific portions of the overall program effort. For training and developmental purposes, the incumbent may receive assignments that include some work that is typically of a higher level.
To be considered for the position of Associate Engineer, a candidate should have a minimum of a BS Degree, preferably in Mechanical, Aeronautical or Electrical Engineering. To fulfill the demands of design and development of new products the individual must show self starting instincts, an aptitude for creative synthesis, and the ability to utilize and quickly learn advanced design and/or analysis techniques. A basic knowledge of closed loop control systems, mechanical hardware design, and good communication skills are also desirable.
1. Validate conceptual problem solutions by performing trade studies and analyses.
2. Contribute to the preparation of successful proposal designs, cost estimates, and technical write ups and reports.
3. Operate as a contributing member in a team of creative, independent individuals.
4. Represent Client in a manner consistent with its technical reputation.
5. Help create reliable designs by supporting a comprehensive experimental development test program.
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