The Role of the Electromechanical Engineer
There are opportunities for electromechanical engineers in a wide variety of industries each with their own specific requirements, but generic responsibilities include assembly, disassembly, and problem solving with electromechanical components. Electromechanical engineers are expected to be constantly developing new ideas, designing and analysing electro-mechanical systems and steering them from design to realisation.
Many electromechanical engineering professionals are engineering technicians. These professionals often design, test and maintain automated, unmanned equipment. The type of equipment they work with can include production line machinery in manufacturing facilities, oil rigs or even unmanned aircrafts and submarines.
The responsibilities of the electromechanical engineering technician usually include reading blueprints and other design documents to aid in mechanical assembly together with the designing, testing and manufacturing of electronically controlled mechanical systems. It may also involve fabricating metal housings, fittings and various other metal machine parts, calibrating hydraulic systems and mounting electronic parts. The electromechanical engineering professionals are also responsible for monitoring, maintaining, troubleshooting and repairing manufacturing parts and systems. They are also required to produce written reports detailing the results of their work.
Electromechanical technicians are expected to use excellent analytical skills and expertise with computer technology and mechanical processes in order to perform these duties. These engineering technicians piece together and calibrate new machines, such as manufacturing robotic devices. They also diagnose issues, make any necessary repairs, create new components and carry out performance tests on them. In the specialized field of medical electromechanics responsibilities include those for diagnostic and life-support equipment. The maintenance of most medical diagnostic equipment, such as two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) imaging equipment, requires knowledge of electronics as well as mechanical actuator and positioning systems. Knowledge of computers is usually needed for the preventive and corrective maintenance of equipment.
Electromechanical engineers are often required to provide guidance and support to the engineering teams for the design of custom and modified standard electromechanical products and for this reason communication skills are integral to the role. Electromechanical engineers frequently make presentations and draft technical instructions, so public speaking and writing are two skills to be mastered.
The role of the electromechanical engineer usually embraces a responsibility for controlling product manufacturing cost and therefore an awareness of cost effectiveness is also essential.