Equipment engineers are in charge of facilitating support for quality and validation purposes on behalf of their organization. They create, implement, and run parameters based on equipment project specifications and also provide troubleshooting and maintenance duties to eliminate equipment issues. One of their main responsibilities involves conducting and reviewing process optimization tasks, so these individuals must have strong analytical skills to identify part assembly and qualify components for each equipment item.
Those in this position work with other engineers in a team environment to achieve project goals in a timely fashion; however, they must also perform efficiently on their own with minimal supervision. Some of their main responsibilities include designing maintenance initiatives to improve tool reliability, equipment inspections, maintaining strict schedules. increasing overall performance, and reducing the use of company resources. They also track and distribute repair records to verify completion of tasks.
Equipment engineers participate in equipment-creation sessions where they contribute specifications and work instructions for future finalized equipment. They have strong mechanical and electrical skills to troubleshoot wiring sets and verify integrity of automated systems, and use advanced tools to identify and resolve technical issues. They report their progress to the equipment supervisor in their department.
Those in this position must also be proficient with Office software to write detailed reports based on observations, and spreadsheet software to run calculations. A Bachelor's degree in Engineering in industrial, equipment engineering or a related field is generally required for this position. Prior experience in an equipment engineering capacity is often necessary, as well. Industry certifications are beneficial.
Equipment Engineer Tasks
Review processes and suggest improvements and experiments for productivity.
Create training materials for engineers and operators and train them in usage.
Design, install, troubleshoot, repair, and/or maintain equipment.
Analyze production and material metrics to benchmark and communicate needs.