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Classification Specifications


Classification Number: 3213


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Salary Range 26 $4072 $4265 $4479 $4690 $4914 $5149 $5403 $5670 $5949 $6233


The DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER applies knowledge of engineering principles and methods to design, coordinate the construction and assembly of test, modify, and maintain new experimental equipment and instrument systems. As an experienced engineer, the development engineer also provides engineering advice to principle investigators, faculty, and researchers, acts as a liaison with vendors, gathers, test data, and prepares reports summarizing project feasibility, design criteria, and performance of equipment or instrument systems.


This is a single classification and not currently part of a series of classes.


Allocation of positions to this class will depend on the total work performed which may include one or a combination of the duties or tasks listed below. Systems designed by this employee include analog, digital, and optical software, radio frequency and multiple pole filter technologies, and designs with passive and active components.

  1. Project Design and Consultation. Typical tasks: meet with investigators, faculty, and researchers to discuss and determine their needs for equipment and instrument systems; develop conceptual design; collect and analyze data and alternative concepts; apply engineering principles, methods, and mathematical calculations and uses manufacturer's component data sheers to design projects; design modifications to existing laboratory instruments for interfacing to computers; design computer data acquisition and control interfaces; develop plans, schematics, specifications, and timing and state diagrams; write project proposals, schedules, and cost estimates; direct, oversee, and provide instruction to technicians during construction, modification, and installation of equipment and instruments; provide day-to-day direction of the student machine shop; purchase stockroom materials; instruct users in machining principles, safety, setup techniques, and machine maintenance; coordinate or perform debugging and testing of the system; consult the investigators, faculty, and researchers when modifications and upgrades are needed on systems.
  2. Data Analysis. Typical tasks: analyze data from data acquisition systems and from environmental, calibration, performance and failure testing; apply mathematical and analytical techniques including curve fitting, noise filtering, correlation, and statistics; analyze data for cause and effect relationships; use results from data analysis to plan and correct system and circuit designs and failures (e.g., analyzes data to develop or refine compensation techniques for frequency, offset voltage, bias current, or temperature drift); write data analysis reports; interact with component and equipment vendors concerning failures and failure to meet specification problems.
  3. Troubleshooting, Maintenance, and Calibration. Typical tasks: perform troubleshooting to the component level of analog, digital, network and computer circuits and equipment; coordinate with software personnel to resolve computer network hardware and software compatibility problems; participates in the servicing for integrated hardware and software systems for a variety of computers; instruct and assist lower level technicians as needed; make circuit design modifications and adaptations to existing equipment; perform difficult calibration and alignment tasks involving the interaction of several variables, nonlinear effects, compromise adjustments, and physical samples; perform RF circuit and equipment tuning, adjustment an calibration.
  4. Miscellaneous. Typical tasks: review technical journals and literature to stay current with new design techniques, equipment, and instruments; maintain documentation on commercial products; create, update, and maintain complete documentation for custom shop projects; may be assigned to assist a higher level engineer on a larger more complex project; direct, oversee, and provide instruction to technicians, temporary employees, and students.


Employees in this class are in regular contact with principal investigators, faculty, researchers, and students while consulting on systems, equipment, and instruments to be designed, built, purchased, modified, or repaired. Employees in this class also have contact with vendors and manufacturer's representatives to obtain technical literature, and specification sheets, to resolve problems, review the applications and specification of components, and to test equipment and instruments that they have available for purchase.


Employees in this classification work under general supervision of a supervisory engineer or administrative supervisor who assigns and reviews the work for compliance with engineering principles and accuracy. Engineering manuals, and administrative policies and procedures are used to design and implement projects.


  • one year of experience designing, fabricating, testing, modifying, and maintaining new, experimental electronic equipment, instruments, and systems in an instrument laboratory; OR
  • a Bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering Technology or equivalent field.