Staff mechanical engineers (or staff engineers in mechanical engineering) work as part of a team to research, design, implement, and maintain engineering projects. Staff engineers work on (or lead) their team through a project's research and design phases; in this period, the team must assess the client’s needs, and then research and design appropriate solutions. Then, they apply relevant testing, which typically involves tasks such as stress and fracture testing. After testing, project implementation occurs. Staff mechanical engineers must provide support to other engineers, clients, and/or employees in using the design project, which involves training, documentation, and updating the design with any necessary changes.
Staff mechanical engineers work in a wide variety of settings, such as construction projects, helping design aerospace components, and working on manufacturing projects. They typically work full time in an office environment, although overtime may be required as project deadlines approach. Travel to the work site and/or the client's office may be needed as well. The majority of the staff mechanical engineer's time is spent working with their team to design and test engineering projects, with the remainder spent researching, clients assessing needs, and demonstrating their project to end-users.
At least a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or a related field is required for this position. Familiarity with specialized software packages may be needed. Some positions require certification as a professional engineer, government clearances, and/or other certifications.
Staff Engineer, Mechanical Engineering Tasks
Writes technical reports, handbooks, and bulletins for use by staff or department.
Lead project management from idea generation to final product launch.
Performs engineering duties; develops, designs, and tests mechanical devices.
Participate in multi-functional and cross departmental design teams.