Electronics / Instrument Engineering
Electronic Engineers in the minerals industry commonly are involved in the following tasks:
- Plan and implement research methodology and procedures to apply principles of electrical theory to engineering projects;
- Prepare and studies technical drawings, specifications of electrical systems, and topographical maps to ensure installation and operations conform to standards and customer requirements;
- Develops applications of controls, instruments, and systems for new commercial, domestic, and industrial uses;
- Plans layout of electric power generating plants and distribution lines and stations;
- Operates computer-assisted engineering and design software and equipment to perform engineering tasks;
- Compiles data and writes reports regarding existing and potential engineering studies and projects;
- Collects data relating to commercial and residential development, population, and power system interconnection to determine operating efficiency of electrical systems;
- Estimates labour, material, and construction costs, and prepares specifications for purchase of materials and equipment;
- Evaluates and analyses data regarding electric power systems and stations, and recommends changes to improve operating efficiency; Inspects completed installations and observes operations for conformance to design and equipment specifications, and operational and safety standards;
- Confers with engineers, customers, and others to discuss existing or potential engineering projects and products;
- Performs detailed calculations to compute and establish manufacturing, construction, and installation standards and specifications;
- Conducts field surveys and studies maps, graphs, diagrams, and other data to identify and correct power system problems;
- Investigates customer or public complaints, determines nature and extent of problem, and recommends remedial measures;
- Directs operations and coordinates manufacturing, construction, installation, maintenance, and testing activities to ensure compliance with specifications, codes, and customer requirements.
Site Engineer: $75,000 — $130,000
Maintenance Engineer $80,000 — $120,000
Project Engineer: $85,000 — $140,000
Source: www.hays.com.au (July 2008)
Entry to these occupations is generally through a Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic Engineering) degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience, such as Vac Work, is also required.
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