Development Engineers perform and may oversee the performance of design engineering for laboratory and experimental facilities, equipment, and instrument systems; may oversee and/or coordinate the construction, assembly, and testing of laboratory and experimental facilities, equipment, and instrument systems; and performs other related duties as required.
Personal requirements of a Development Engineer may include:
- Good communications skills
- Good maths and science
- Attention to detail
- Project and team management experience
Development Engineers may complete the following tasks:
- Design, construction, assembly, and test of experimental equipment and instrument systems
- Provide professional engineering information and advice to principal investigators and/or other faculty and research personnel with administrative responsibility for the research program or teaching facility
- Act as engineering liaison officer in relationships with investigators, shop personnel, vendors, and extramural funding agencies
- Design or oversee the design of electrical, mechanical, electronic, and/or optical instruments and of computer-associated systems and equipment
- Oversee or perform the recording and reduction of test data for instrument design and evaluation purposes
- Assemble and evaluate information and prepare reports with respect to feasibility, engineering design criteria, and performance of instrument systems
Entry requirements may vary but most employers require Year 10 and some may prefer Year 12. A relevant number of years job-specific experience is also required.