Employment Responsibility Evaluation

This factor is concerned with the general nature of tasks assigned. The range is from duties performed in entry-level positions to those carried out at an advanced level of administration. Select the grade that fits your position most appropriately. Carefully consider the relationship that your duties have to those of others in your organization. If you cannot decide between two adjoining grades, use the half grade between.

Grade Description Answer
1 Receives training in the various phases of office, plant, field, or laboratory engineering or geoscience work as on-the-job assignments. Tasks assigned include: preparation of simple plans, designs, plots, calculations, costs, and bills of material in accordance with established codes, standards, drawings, or other specifications. May carry out routine technical surveys or inspections and prepare reports. 10 points
15 points
2 Normally regarded as a continuing portion of an engineer’s or geoscientist’s training and development. Receives assignments of limited scope and complexity, usually minor phases of broader assignments. Uses a variety of standard engineering or geoscience methods and techniques in solving problems. Assists more senior engineers or geoscientists in carrying out technical tasks requiring accuracy in calculations, completeness of data, and adherence to prescribed testing, analysis, design or combination of methods. 20 points
30 points
3 This is typically regarded as a fully qualified professional engineering or geoscience level. Carries out responsible and varied assignments requiring general familiarity with a broad field of engineering or geoscience and knowledge of reciprocal effects of the work upon other fields. Problems usually solved by use of combinations of standard procedures, modifications of standard procedures, or methods developed in previous assignments. Participates in planning to achieve prescribed objectives. 40 points
55 points
4 This is the first level of direct and sustained supervision of other professional engineers or geoscientists or full specialization. Requires application of mature engineering or geoscientific knowledge in planning and conducting projects that have scope for independent accomplishment, and coordination of difficult and responsible assignments. Assigned problems make it necessary to modify established guides, devise new approaches, apply existing criteria in new manners, and draw conclusions from comparative situations. 70 points
90 points
5 Usually requires knowledge of more than one field of engineering or geoscience or performance by a specialist in a particular field. Participates in short- and long-range planning. Makes independent decisions for devising practical and economical solutions to problems. May supervise large groups containing both professional and nonprofessional staff; or may exercise authority over a small group of highly qualified professional personnel engaged in complex technical applications. 110 points
130 points
6 Usually responsible for an engineering or geoscience administrative function, directing several professional and other groups engaged in interrelated engineering or geoscientific responsibilities; or as consultant, has achieved recognition as an authority in an engineering or geoscience field of major importance to the organization. Independently conceives programs and problems to be investigated. Participates in discussions determining basic operating policies, devising ways of reaching program objectives in the most economical manner and meeting unusual conditions affecting work progress. 150 points
175 points
7 Within the framework of general policy, conceives independent programs and problems to be investigated. Plans or approves projects requiring the expenditure of a considerable amount of manpower and financial investment. Determines basic operating policies and solves primary problems or programs to accomplish objectives in the most economical manner to meet any unusual condition. 200 points