General Characteristics: This is a training level of professional work requiring a bachelor's degree in an engineering or scientific discipline and little or no experience, or the equivalent of a degree achieved through a combination of applicable education and experience. Under immediate supervision, performs assigned tasks requiring the application of standard procedures and techniques; relies on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job. Position is usually limited in its application of functional area theory and principles to develop solutions to problems of limited scope. May also receive formal classroom or seminar-type training.
Knowledge: Performs assignments to develop professional work knowledge and ability; knows fundamental concepts, practices and procedures of particular field of specialization.
Direction received: Works under immediate supervision to complete assigned tasks/projects. Receives specific and detailed instructions regarding required tasks and results expected; relies on pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job. Work is checked during progress and is reviewed for accuracy upon completion.
Typical duties and responsibilities: Performs a variety of routine tasks that are planned to provide experience and familiarization with the technical professional staff, methods, practices, and programs of the unit/laboratory/department. Solves well-defined problems using accepted methods and techniques. Conducts experiments or tests in the laboratory/field that include making measurements and recording data. Contributes data for use in reports and publications. Networks primarily limited to own technical peer group; establishes productive relationships with co-workers, customers/grant sponsors, and others to accomplish team objectives. No defined role in identifying/securing research funding.
Responsibility for directing others: Usually none. May guide the work of peers, technicians or other support staff as necessary to achieve specific assignments.
Education requirement, minimum: Bachelor's degree in an appropriate field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience requirement, minimum: Less than 1 year's experience in a related area.