Engineering assistants ensure the administration and monitoring of technical and engineering files for projects, assignments, and quality matters. They assist engineers with their experiments, participate in site visits, and administer the collection of information.
The duties of an engineering assistant include, but are not limited to:
- Understanding and carrying out all tasks given by the Senior Engineer.
- Collaborating with other engineers and workers to design, develop, test, and improve products and engineering processes.
- Ensuring all expenses stay within the allocated budget.
- Performing regular inspections of equipment and scheduling maintenance or repairs.
- Providing assistance to different staff or engineering teams.
- Inspecting inventory and reporting inconsistencies as well as ordering more materials.
- Producing CAD drawings according to specifications.
- Evaluating all products and processes and ensuring standardization of quality assurance measures.
- Participating in various learning experiences, which may include attending workshops and training sessions.
- Calibrating and troubleshooting equipment as required.
The following job titles also refer to engineering assistant:
technical support worker
project support worker
engineering project assistant
Engineering assistants work in offices, laboratories, or industrial plants. They may be exposed to noise from machinery and to fumes, dust, and gases from chemicals used in experiments or in the manufacturing process. They may work with dangerous equipment and materials and be required to wear protective clothing, such as gloves, safety glasses, and earplugs. They may work long hours to meet deadlines, and some overtime may be required.
Entry-level engineering assistants are required to have at least a high school diploma. Many employers prefer candidates who have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related field.
Engineering assistants typically receive on-the-job training from their new employers. This training may include learning the specific software and computer programs the company uses, as well as the specific procedures and processes they follow.
ISCO skill level
ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:
- the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
- the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
- the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.
Engineering assistant is a Skill level 2 occupation.
Engineering assistant career path
These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to engineering assistant.
Long term prospects
These occupations require some skills and knowledge of engineering assistant. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of engineering assistant with a significant experience and/or extensive training.
Essential knowledge and skills
This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of engineering assistant.
- Mathematics: Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. It involves the identification of patterns and formulating new conjectures based on them. Mathematicians strive to prove the truth or falsity of these conjectures. There are many fields of mathematics, some of which are widely used for practical applications.
Essential skills and competences
These skills are necessary for the role of engineering assistant.
- File documents: Create a filing system. Write a document catalogue. Label documents etc.
- Handle mail: Handle mail considering data protection issues, health and safety requirements, and specifications of different kinds of mail.
- Perform office routine activities: Program, prepare, and perform activities required to be performed everyday in offices such as mailing, receiving supplies, updating managers and employees, and keeping operations running smoothly.
- Perform clerical duties: Perform administrative tasks such as filing, typing up reports and maintaining mail correspondence.
- Liaise with engineers: Collaborate with engineers to ensure common understanding and discuss product design, development and improvement.
Optional knowledge and skills
This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of engineering assistant. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.
- Engineering principles: The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.
- Technical drawings: Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.
- Project management: Understand project management and the activities which comprise this area. Know the variables implied in project management such as time, resources, requirements, deadlines, and responding to unexpected events.
- Engineering processes: The systematic approach to the development and maintenance of engineering systems.
Optional skills and competences
These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of engineering assistant. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.
- Perform data analysis: Collect data and statistics to test and evaluate in order to generate assertions and pattern predictions, with the aim of discovering useful information in a decision-making process.
- Apply statistical analysis techniques: Use models (descriptive or inferential statistics) and techniques (data mining or machine learning) for statistical analysis and ICT tools to analyse data, uncover correlations and forecast trends.
- Recruit employees: Hire new employees by scoping the job role, advertising, performing interviews and selecting staff in line with company policy and legislation.
- Create technical plans: Create detailed technical plans of machinery, equipment, tools and other products.
- Proofread text: Read a text thoroughly, search for, review and correct errors to ensure content is valid for publishing.
- Gather experimental data: Collect data resulting from the application of scientific methods such as test methods, experimental design or measurements.
- Fix meetings: Fix and schedule professional appointments or meetings for clients or superiors.
- Prepare technical reports: Prepare technical reports that describe results and processes of scientific or technical research, or assess its progress. These reports help researchers to keep up to date with recent findings.
- Conduct performance tests: Conduct experimental, environmental and operational tests on models, prototypes or on the systems and equipment itself in order to test their strength and capabilities under normal and extreme conditions.
- Deliver visual presentation of data: Create visual representations of data such as charts or diagrams for easier understanding.
- Ensure equipment maintenance: Ensure that the equipment required for operations is regularly checked for faults, that routine maintenance tasks are performed, and that repairs are scheduled and performed in the case of damage or flaws.
- Write manuals: Write down instructions about how to properly and safely use equipment, machinery, and systems.
ISCO group and title
4110 – General office clerks
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