Engineer Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

An Engineer, or Senior Engineer, uses math and science to solve different technical problems. Their main duties include developing new products for companies or individuals to use, providing maintenance to current products to enhance use and designing new machines to improve an organization’s efficiencies.

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Engineer duties and responsibilities

An Engineer’s duties and responsibilities ensure the safety and effectiveness of a process, system or product. Engineers work within a team and must be able to cooperate with other coworkers to ensure the success of a project. Effective communication plays a role between Engineers, customers and businesses. Other engineer responsibilities include:

  • Making plans using detailed drawings 
  • Preparing estimates and budgets
  • Creating accurate project specifications
  • Designing engineering experiments
  • Creating technical reports for customers
  • Completing regulatory documents concerning safety issues
  • Finishing projects on time and within budget
  • Communicating with clients and coworkers about analysis results

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  • Quality Engineering, Design Quality assurance, Product development, Regulatory Affairs, Regulatory Affairs CMC, R&D engineer, Medical device software engineer, Systems engineer, Medical device Cybersecurity Engineer, Manufacturing engineer, Computer System Validation, Verification & Validation engineer, Risk management, Pharmacovigilance, Medical device Systems Engineer, human factor engineer, project manager, Mechanical engineer, Medical Device Design Engineer


  • 6 months to 1 year or longer than 1 year contract


  • Medical device, Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology


  • Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Miami, Milwaukee, Dallas, Houston, Baltimore, Warsaw


  • Hourly (depended on experience in medical device, pharmaceutical, biotech companies and fit for the position)

    Experience: (Only in medical device, pharma and biotech)

    - 0-15 + years of Quality assurance, Product development, Regulatory Affairs, R&D engineer, Software and Systems engineer, Cybersecurity, Manufacturing, Computer System Validation, Verification & Validation engineer, Risk Management, Pharmacovigilance experience, human factor engineering

    - Experience within the Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, Biotech, Automotive, Aerospace, Software, Cybersecurity Contract manufacturing Industries

    - Experience with FDA regulations (CFR 820 Design controls), European regulations (EU MDR/MDD), Risk Management 14971/ICH Q9/TIR57, Human Factor 62366, Software Sdlc 62304, UL2900, IEC 60601, CSV 21 CFR Part 11/Annex 11/Gamp 5, GxP requirements (GLP, GCP, GPvP, GDP), international GMP regulations, cGMP’s, 21 CFR Parts 504, 803, 807, 820, 11, FDA Design Control Guidance, FDA General Principals of Software Validation, ISO 14971 and ISO 13485, Mdsap, MDR, ISO 62304, and global quality systems, Gamp V model, CFR Part 11/210/211/64/801/803/820, UDI (Unique Device Identification), Model Based systems engineering (Mbse), V-model, DHF remediation, eCTD drugs filing, CAD, Solidworks 3D modelling, cleanroom

    - EU MDR (European Union Medical Device Regulation), post market surveillance, clinical evaluation report, risk benefit analysis

    - Experience with Complaints Handling, Investigations, Deviations and Capa, Computer System Validation

    - Familiar with FDA/GMP requirements and Quality Systems Compliance. Experience with tools like Jira, Cognition Cockpit, IBM Doors, Jama, PTC Windchill, Easy BI, Tableau, Medical devices

    - [website] or [website] Degree in Biomedical Engineering, Bio-Engineering, Biotechnology & Chemical Engineering, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, Engineering Management, Production Engineering, Networking or Cybersecurity or any other engineering/science discipline

    - Excellent communication Types: Full-time, Part-time, Temporary, $37.00 to $65.00 /hour

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    The individual is responsible for doing static and quasi-static finite element analysis starting from component to sub-structure level.

    Responsibilities :

    o Responsible for inspecting the CAD data received from designers prior to the inception of meshing.

  • Will independently mesh the component.

  • Responsible for doing all the mesh quality checks defined per the internal design validation guidelines for meshing by Zodiac seats [website]

  • Set up the model for static and quasi static analysis using Altair tools or LS-pre-post.

  • Analyze design and test data to implement proper engineering approach into a design.

  • Perform all the necessary linear/non-linear static analysis.

  • Perform Pre and Post processing.

  • Validate model with test and establish correlation.

  • Optimize design based on analysis and test results.

  • Prepare technical presentations for product engineering under the supervision of design validation engineer IV or lead

  • Work with design and certification engineers as well as with test laboratory to provide best possible designs.

  • Comply with Zodiac Seats procedures (QAP) and certification internal procedures.

  • Document all design validation work (including FEA) and maintain database.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

    Qualification Requirements:

  • Must have a strong background in basic structural engineering such as free body diagrams and strength of materials.

  • Knowledge of FEA using LS-Dyna or Radioss, Altair HyperWorks suite, Ansys or equivalent software package preferred. Knowledge of Nastran is preferred but not mandatory.

  • Prefer broad understanding of finite element analysis and failure modes.

  • Must have strong mechanical aptitude.

  • Must be detail oriented and have sound engineering judgment.

  • Must be self-motivated and a self-starter.

  • Must have ability to think strategically and solve problems.

  • Must be able to communicate efficiently in writing and verbally.

  • Must be able to operate standard office equipment.

  • Must be able to perform standard stress analysis.

  • Must be willing to perform tests and some physical work at the test laboratory, as required.

  • Knowledge of FAA (Part 25) and airframes manufacturer requirements is preferred but not mandatory.

  • Basic ProE/Catia skill is preferred.

  • Knowledge of stochastic/statistical tools (DOE) is preferred

  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or Aeronautical Engineering or related.

  • Prefer 1 year of finite element analysis experience using LS-Dyna or Radioss, Altair HyperWorks suite, Ansys or equivalent software package.

  • Prefer knowledge of Nastran.

  • Must have the ability to generate written communication and to operate required office equipment. Ability to read and review written communication. Speech and hearing abilities that allow individual to communicate clearly and distinctly in English.


  • No Travel Required

    Job Type: Full-time

    Salary: $49,093.00 to $60,002.00 /year


  • engineering: 1 year (Preferred)


  • High school or equivalent United States (Preferred)
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    To keep US Navy on the move and functioning at the highest level, there are those who are called upon to keep everything safe and operational.

    As an Engineer Apprentice, you will earn and learn more skills to be the best on your field, it’s either Electrical, Mechanical, Electronic, Computer or Chemical Engineering. You will earn all of this to fix, replace and monitor a huge variety of machines, vehicles and systems. No prior experienced is required. For more information contact Ramon [phone number]

    Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Contract

    Salary: $3,350.00 to $9,861.00 /month

    Full Time Opportunity:

  • Yes

    Additional Compensation:

  • Bonuses

  • Store Discounts

    Work Location:

  • One location

  • Multiple locations

  • Fully Remote

  • On the road


  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Retirement plan

  • Signing bonus

  • Paid time off

  • Work from home

  • Flexible schedule

  • Parental leave

  • Relocation assistance

  • Professional development assistance

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Other

    Hours per week:

  • 20-29

  • 30-39

    Typical start time:

  • 8AM

    Typical end time:

  • 3PM

    This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:

  • People-oriented -- enjoys interacting with people and working on group projects

  • Adaptable/flexible -- enjoys doing work that requires frequent shifts in direction

  • Achievement-oriented -- enjoys taking on challenges, even if they might fail

  • Innovative -- prefers working in unconventional ways or on tasks that require creativity

  • High stress tolerance -- thrives in a high-pressure environment

    This Company Describes Its Culture as:

  • Detail-oriented -- quality and precision-focused

  • Outcome-oriented -- results-focused with strong performance culture

  • People-oriented -- supportive and fairness-focused

  • Team-oriented -- cooperative and collaborative


  • Temporarily due to Covid-19
  • What does an Engineer do?

    Engineers work in a wide variety of industries and can specialize in many different areas of expertise. They work to develop new products for businesses and individuals by recording and analyzing material parts for testing. 

    Engineers create valuable products for customers that pass quality assurance tests and benefit customer use. Engineers are highly trained on the latest engineering software, which is used to design and produce various machines, products or systems. The main areas of study an Engineer can pursue include civil, mechanical, managerial, geotechnical, chemical and electrical.

    Engineer skills and qualifications

    Engineers need to have the right skills for performing essential duties and meeting safety and regulatory laws on the job. Engineers must pay careful attention to detail and record this information for coworkers and customers to access so that they can perform their job well. Their skills and qualifications include:

    • Advanced skills using company software 
    • Proven ability to communicate well in written and verbal communications
    • Design thinking for product inventions and enhancements
    • Motivation and commitment to providing interpersonal customer service
    • Knowing and applying current industry standards and information
    • Soft skills including a positive attitude, flexibility and conflict resolution
    • The ability to solve problems creatively on time
    • Having up-to-date knowledge and technical skills

    Engineer salary expectations

    An Engineer makes an average of $85,720 per year. Salary may depend on level of experience, education and the geographical location. 

    Engineer education and training requirements

    An Engineer is required to have earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering, and most jobs working with the public require a license too. Bachelor of Science degrees are available in a wide selection of specialties, including aerospace, agriculture, biomedical and computer engineering. Many Engineers must complete a program accredited by ABET. This non-profit organization assures confidence in training programs that use science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). By taking courses approved by ABET, students are prepared to enter the global workforce. Factors for success focus on safety, precision and quality of work. ABET approval is sometimes not necessary for employers.

    Engineer experience requirements

    Employers and professional associations require four years of related experience. Engineering candidates usually acquire experience after completing schooling. However, if an engineering student has worked in a related field during their studies, it may lessen the four-year experience requirement. If a person hasn’t studied at an accredited school of engineering, they may be required to have more than four years of work experience. The accepted experience credentials include one year of master’s degree study and two years, including the master’s degree, for a doctorate. Satisfactory work experience includes being in a supervised role in a major branch of engineering.

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    Frequently asked questions about Engineers


    What makes a good Engineer?

    A great Engineer should have strong technical knowledge and experience using various software systems, as they regularly use different platforms to build designs and add updates to current products. They should also have strong creative thinking and problem-solving skills to brainstorm and build unique products that are valuable and practical for the consumer and stand out from the competition. 

    Many Engineers are given several projects to complete at a time by certain deadlines, so they should have effective time-management and organization skills to ensure they’re remaining productive with their time and are finishing projects efficiently. 


    What are the different types of Engineers?

    There are various types of engineering specialties candidates can pursue. Aerospace Engineers focus on designing aircraft, satellites, missiles and spacecraft and test them to ensure the designs operate properly. Civil Engineers design, build and maintain city structures, like roads, bridges or buildings. 

    Electrical Engineers design various electronic equipment, like GPS, remote-controlled and lighting systems. Mechanical Engineers develop solutions for different mechanical systems by analyzing motion, force and energy. 


    Do Engineers have different responsibilities in different industries?

    The responsibilities an Engineer holds typically depend on the current industry they serve in. They’re also expected to have advanced knowledge of the industry they serve in to build and enhance products more effectively. Many Engineers work in the science industry. Chemical Engineers use subjects like math, biology and physics to find answers to problems and better control substances’ reactions with each other. 

    Biomedical Engineers work in both the science and healthcare industries, designing and updating different health care solutions and medical equipment. Some Engineers work in the technology industry, like Software and Hardware Engineers. These employees build software and hardware systems using subjects like science and math to test and update their current systems to improve user experience. 


    What's the difference between an Engineer and a Scientist?

    While many Engineers use science to help them effectively complete their work duties, there are some key differences between the two when it comes to their responsibilities. Engineers often use science and math to research more about the world and make discoveries that could benefit the human race. 

    Engineers typically use the knowledge they already have, usually provided by scientists, to build and update equipment that solves common challenges in people’s work or professional lives. Scientists focus more on observation and research, while Engineers spend a majority of their time creating and inventing new, valuable products. 

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      Last updated: Apr 28, 2021