An assistant engineer is an engineer who works under the supervising or senior engineer. These professionals can work in a variety of engineering industries and provide assistance to engineers working on large-scale projects that require a large team of engineers to complete a project.
Most employers require at least an associate's degree in an engineering discipline. Employment and advancement opportunities may increase for those who obtain a bachelor's degree in a related engineering discipline. Most employers involve with infrastructure development require no less than a bachelor's degree.
Most employers who employ assistant engineers provide services for large-scale, complex engineering projects that require engineers with extensive experience, as well as engineers with minimal experience to handle smaller engineering responsibilities. An assistant engineer requires more skills than a drafter or computer-aided (CAD) design professional and can work in almost every engineering discipline such as civil, mechanical, electrical, manufacturing, chemical and biomedical.
Under the supervision of a senior engineer or professional engineer (PE), an assistant participates in the development and execution of engineering projects. This may include design, implementation, testing. The assistant also provides statistical reports and data on the engineering project to carefully document the process, provide necessary invoicing, purchase needed materials and equipment. This can involve defining and developing policies and procedures for engineering projects being developed as well. Work may involve travel to project sites to provide field research and ensure projects are completed in a timely manner and within budget guidelines.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects overall engineering employment to increase 11 per cent between 2008 and 2018. Growth is expected to increase significantly in biomedical engineering which focuses on medical technology, and civil engineering which focuses on infrastructure projects.
Salary can range for these occupation depending on experience and the technical requirements of the assistant engineer. In April 2010, Indeed.com lists a national average salary of £53,300 per year for this occupation.