Engineering Job Titles



Engineer 1

Entry level professional requiring Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and no experience, or the equivalent (to a degree) in appropriate education and experience. Works under close supervision; receives specific and detailed instructions for required tasks and results expected. Performs a variety of routine tasks, which provide experience and familiarity with engineering staff, methods, practices, and programs. Usually assumes no responsibility for direction of others.


Engineer 2

Continuing developmental level, performs standard engineering work requiring application of standard techniques and procedures. Limited exercise of judgment required when less common methods or procedures are necessary. Assignments may include higher-level work for training/developmental purposes. Supervisor screens assignments for unusual complexities and selects non-routine techniques and procedures to be applied. Receives close supervision on new aspects of assignments. Using prescribed methods, performs specific and limited segments of an experienced engineer’s broader assignment. Performance generally requires a minimum of 1 year as Engineer 1 or related experience, or an MS Degree.


Engineer 3

Independently evaluates, selects, and applies standard engineering techniques and procedures while using judgment when making minor adaptations and modifications. Assignments have clear and specific objectives and require investigation of limited number of variables. Receives instructions on specific assignment objectives, complex features, and possible solutions. Assistance given for unusual problems and normally reviewed for application of sound professional judgment. Performs work involving conventional plans, investigations, surveys, structures, or equipment with relatively few complex features for which there are few precedents. May be assisted by engineers or technicians and be responsible for single phase of a project. Generally requires a minimum of 1 year Engineer 2 or related experience or Ph.D. Degree.


Engineer 4

Fully competent engineer in all conventional aspects of subject matter or functional area of assignments; plans and conducts work requiring judgment in independent evaluation, selection, and substantial adaptation/modification of standard techniques, procedures, and criteria. Devises new solutions to problems encountered. Independently performs most assignments with instruction only regarding general expected results. Receives technical guidance for unusual or complex problems and supervisory approval of proposed project plans. May supervise a few engineers and/or technicians on project basis. Generally requires 2 years Engineer 3 or related experience.


Engineer 5

Applies diversified knowledge of engineering principles and practices to broad variety of assignments and related fields. Makes decisions independently regarding engineering complexities and methods. Requires use of advanced techniques and modification and extension of theories, precepts, and practices in individual’s field. Registration as licensed Professional Engineer may be required. Supervision and guidance relate largely to overall objectives, critical issues, new concepts, and policy matters. Consults with supervisor concerning unusual problems and developments. Typical duties and responsibilities include one or more of the following: 1) supervises, coordinates, and reviews work of small staff of engineers and/or technicians; 2) as individual researcher or staff specialist, performs complex or novel assignments requiring development of new and/or improved techniques and procedures.


Engineer 6

Has full responsibility for interpreting, organizing, executing and coordinating assignments. Plans and develops engineering projects concerned with unique or controversial complexities which have important impact on major company programs. This involves exploration of subject area, definition of scope, selection of areas for investigation, and development of novel concepts. Acts as technical liaison to individuals within and outside his organization with responsibility to act independently regarding technical matters pertaining to individual’s field. Registration as a licensed PE is required for most in this classification. Supervision received is essentially administrative, with assignments given in broad terms concerning general objectives and limitations. Typical duties and responsibilities include one or more of the following: 1) plans, organizes, and supervises work of staff of engineers and technicians (approx. 15-30); 2) as individual researcher, consultant, or staff specialist, conceives plans and conducts research in areas of considerable scope and complexity.


Engineer 7

Makes authoritative decisions and recommendations having important impact on extensive engineering activities of company. Initiates and maintains extensive contacts with key engineers and officials of other organizations and companies, requiring skill in persuasion and negotiation of critical issues. Individuals at this level demonstrate a high degree of creativity, foresight, and mature judgment in anticipating and solving unprecedented engineering complexities, determining program objectives and requirements, organizing programs and projects, and developing standards and guidelines for diverse engineering activities. Registration as a licensed Professional Engineer is a requirement. Typical duties and responsibilities include one or both of the following: 1) planning, organizing, and supervising work of large staff of engineers and technicians (in excess of 30 individuals); 2) as individual researcher or consultant, is recognized leader and authority in company in broad area of specialization or intensely specialized field.


Engineer 8

Makes authoritative decisions and recommendations having significant impact on extensive engineering and related activities of company. Negotiates critical and controversial issues with top-level engineers and officers of other organizations and companies. Individuals at this level demonstrate a high degree of creativity, foresight, and mature judgment in planning, organizing, and guiding extensive engineering programs and activities of outstanding novelty and/or importance. Registration as a licensed Professional Engineer is required. Receives general administrative direction. Is responsible for one or more programs of such diversity and scope to be of critical importance to overall company objectives. Supervises several individuals whose are within Engineer 7 classification.


Engineer 9/Department Head

Provides overall supervision to Department to assure that technical, administrative, man-hour, and schedule targets of Department are met within framework of established corporate or organizational policy and in accordance with applicable professional standards, design-control procedures, and corporate or organizational procedures and guidelines.