How to write an Engineer job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Engineer job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Engineer job titles

    Project Engineer
    Chief Engineer
    Assistant Engineer
    Engineering Supervisor
    Advanced Engineer

Engineer job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of an Engineer job summary

We are an industry leader in the design and implementation of custom high-speed assembly equipment, and our clients include some of the largest manufacturers in Australasia. We are seeking a highly-qualified Engineer to take responsibility for the design and testing of solutions that meet our clients’ needs. In this role, you will manage assigned projects from start-to-finish, including design and documentation of equipment specifications, testing proposed solutions for effectiveness, and presenting proposals to managers and clients. You will be expected to supervise a team to ensure that projects are completed on-time, within the allocated budget, and you will travel to client facilities to oversee implementation.

Engineer responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organisation and who the employee reports to.

Examples of Engineer responsibilities

    Prepare plans with detailed drawings that include project specifications and cost estimates
    Design and execute engineering experiments to create workable solutions
    Develop engineering calculations, diagrams and technical reports
    Complete required technical and regulatory documents
    Ensure projects are completed on time and within the specified budget
    Present analysis results and project solutions to technical leads, senior leaders and clients as necessary

Engineer qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Engineer skills

    Bachelor’s degree in mechanical, industrial, design or electrical engineering
    3-5 years’ related work experience
    Demonstrated proficiency in written and verbal communication, including creating and delivering presentations
    Advanced skills in critical software applications, such as Microsoft Office and Solidworks
    Expertise in data and problem analysis, creative problem solving and design thinking
    Up-to-date knowledge and technical skills required to design and operate our core products and services

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