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Standards Engineer

Overview: Standards engineers establish technical design criteria that products must satisfy. Criteria is used to assure quality, enable maintenance people to repair equipment & assure compatibility of products used together. They set standards for an industry by mutual agreement among companies.
Duties: They establish engineering and technical limitations and applications for materials and engineering designs for use in machines and equipment such as aircraft, computers, autos, etc.

Confer with product research and development engineers during the early stages of new product design in order to establish standards that must be met.

Analyze technical data published by scientific journals and government agencies to determine if new standards are evolving for specific products.

Confer with standards engineers from other companies within the same industry to achieve compatibility between components and define standard repair procedures.

Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
Job Outlook: Employment of standards engineers will increase a little faster than average through 2018. As manufacturing looks to become more productive, they will turn to standards engineers to reduce costs, delays, and waste.
Salary Range (National Average): $46,000 to $52,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree in industrial and materials engineering is the usual requirement for entry jobs in this occupation. Courses in manufacturing engineering, maintenance engineering, statistics and computer-aided design are essential.
Advancement Info: Beginning engineering graduates usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers and, in large companies, also may receive formal classroom or seminar-type training. As new engineers gain knowledge and experience, they are assigned more difficult projects with greater independence to develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions. Engineers may advance to become technical specialists or to supervise a staff or team of engineers and technicians. Some may eventually become engineering managers or enter other managerial or sales jobs.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.