A senior engineering technician applies the technical principles of engineering to develop a project or product. A senior engineering technician typically works in construction, the semi-conductor industry, or in manufacturing.
In a construction setting, a senior engineering technician is responsible for field surveying; the senior engineering technician also performs construction layout analyses and performs any inspections. They also double check any engineering computations made by junior team members, as well as prepare and review construction plans and legal descriptions. Finally, for some firms, the senior engineering technician supervises field personnel.
In the semi-conductor field the senior engineering technician works with a team to perform a variety of functions. They are involved in the design phase of the project, developing new configurations that are more efficient with higher performance metrics. The senior engineering technician then works to test the new product, helping keep failure rates at a minimum while boosting performance as close as possible to theoretical performance. Finally, they aid in the standard production process, ensuring the product fits in the specification of applicable contracts.
Senior engineering technicians generally must have at least a bachelor's degree in a technical field. They must be problem solvers who apply the scientific method to generate efficient results. Most senior engineering technicians are well versed in the use of design software packages such as autoCAD.
Senior Engineering Technician Tasks
- Write reports to inform project leaders about risks, costs, and deliverables.
- Assist engineers with construction, assembly, and design calculations during projects.
- Identify compliance, calibration, and specification issues with an eye for technical accuracy and thoroughness.
- Supervise processes to increase quality and efficiency.