Component engineers are engineers who develop, produce, test, and maintain specific electrical and mechanical components used in a variety of devices and industries. Technology companies in the computing, robotic, automotive, and medical sectors frequently hire component engineers to develop and produce electrical or mechanical components for use in their products. Component engineers are typically required to have at least a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical, Electrical, or Computer Engineering, though many employers require a Master's degree in one of these fields. At least one year of experience in component engineering is required for those who are not recent graduates.
Component engineers must have superior analytical, quantitative, design, and computer skills. These skills are used in problem-solving and solution application, so those in this position must also have excellent communication skill to effectively describe and apply solutions. They often work on a design team with other component engineers to develop components together; however, some also work alone on specific projects.
Component engineers typically report to a superior or lead engineer, and have no subordinates. They work in an office, lab, factory, or electrical component shop, depending on the industry. Their work is almost always performed during regular weekday business hours, and they should not expect to work overtime or weekend hours often. Those working in specific industries are usually required to have experience with the computer programs and technology used in that industry. Creative, driven, and self-motivated engineers are often preferred by employers due to the innovative nature of engineering.
Component Engineer Tasks
Enhance product performance through design, development, creation, and testing.
Ensure products meet all regulatory guidelines through installation and testing.
Confirm reliability and quality of mechanical and electrical components.