Engineering lab assistants perform a wide variety of duties to facilitate the effective operation of an engineering lab; their duties vary depending on the type of laboratory for which they work. These assistants usually work under the direction of scientists, engineers and/or researchers. Tasks commonly performed by engineering lab assistants include helping test materials, ensuring their lab is clean, overseeing inventory, and ordering supplies and materials needed by their lab. If they work at a university’s lab, these assistants may help set up instruments and assist students who are performing research. Additionally, engineering lab assistants may have to troubleshoot minor problems related to lab instruments and tools, as well as perform regular maintenance. They must comply with their company’s safety guidelines and procedures at all times, and they may be required to attend training classes to learn new skills or to keep their current skills up to date.
A high school diploma or equivalent is generally the minimum educational requirement for engineering lab assistant positions. An associate's degree or other relevant postsecondary training may be required or preferred as well. Engineering lab assistants must be able to perform the physical requirements of the position, which may include standing for long periods of time, stooping, bending and lifting heavy items. Additionally, these assistants must work well in a team environment, as well as on their own with minimal supervision. Proficiency with basic computer programs is generally needed, and a valid driver's license might be required to perform tasks outside of the lab.
Engineering Lab Assistant Tasks
Maintain documentation of all test results and distribute results as directed by management.
Create and review data-driven reports and presentations.
Perform regular testing and analyses, and organize and display test summary results.
Review current testing protocols and propose revisions or additions.