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Working As A Distinguished Member Of The Technical Staff

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $87,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Distinguished Member Of The Technical Staff Do

Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment, such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, or power generation equipment. Electrical engineers also design the electrical systems of automobiles and aircraft.

Electronics engineers design and develop electronic equipment, such as broadcast and communications systems, from portable music players to global positioning systems (GPSs). Many also work in areas closely related to computer hardware.

Duties

Electrical engineers typically do the following:

  • Design new ways to use electrical power to develop or improve products
  • Perform detailed calculations to develop manufacturing, construction, and installation standards and specifications
  • Direct the manufacture, installation, and testing of electrical equipment to ensure that products meet specifications and codes
  • Investigate complaints from customers or the public, evaluate problems, and recommend solutions
  • Work with project managers on production efforts to ensure that projects are completed satisfactorily, on time, and within budget

Electronics engineers typically do the following:

  • Design electronic components, software, products, or systems for commercial, industrial, medical, military, or scientific applications
  • Analyze customer needs and determine the requirements, capacity, and cost for developing an electrical system plan
  • Develop maintenance and testing procedures for electronic components and equipment
  • Evaluate systems and recommend design modifications or equipment repair
  • Inspect electronic equipment, instruments, and systems to make sure that they meet safety standards and applicable regulations
  • Plan and develop applications and modifications for electronic properties used in parts and systems in order to improve technical performance

Electronics engineers who work for the federal government research, develop, and evaluate electronic devices used in a variety of areas, such as aviation, computing, transportation, and manufacturing. They work on federal electronic devices and systems, including satellites, flight systems, radar and sonar systems, and communications systems.

The work of electrical engineers and electronics engineers is often similar. Both use engineering and design software and equipment to do engineering tasks. Both types of engineers also must work with other engineers to discuss existing products and possibilities for engineering projects.

Engineers whose work is related exclusively to computer hardware are considered computer hardware engineers.

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How To Become A Distinguished Member Of The Technical Staff

Electrical and electronics engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value practical experience, so participation in cooperative engineering programs, in which students earn academic credit for structured work experience. Having a Professional Engineer (PE) license may improve an engineer’s chances of finding employment.

Education

High school students interested in studying electrical or electronics engineering benefit from taking courses in physics and mathematics, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Courses in drafting are also helpful, because electrical and electronics engineers often are required to prepare technical drawings.

In order to enter the occupation, prospective electrical and electronics engineers need a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology. Programs include classroom, laboratory, and field studies. Courses include digital systems design, differential equations, and electrical circuit theory. Programs in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology should be accredited by ABET.

Some colleges and universities offer cooperative programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education. Cooperative programs combine classroom study with practical work. Internships provide similar experience and are growing in number.

At some universities, students can enroll in a 5-year program that leads to both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as an instructor at some universities, or in research and development.

Important Qualities

Concentration. Electrical and electronics engineers design and develop complex electrical systems and electronic components and products. They must be able to keep track of multiple design elements and technical characteristics when performing these tasks.

Initiative. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to apply their knowledge to new tasks in every project they undertake. In addition, they must engage in continuing education to keep up with changes in technology.

Interpersonal skills. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to work with others during the manufacturing process to ensure that their plans are implemented correctly. This collaboration includes monitoring technicians and devising remedies to problems as they arise.

Math skills. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to use the principles of calculus and other advanced math in order to analyze, design, and troubleshoot equipment.

Speaking skills. Electrical and electronics engineers work closely with other engineers and technicians. They must be able to explain their designs and reasoning clearly and to relay instructions during product development and production. They also may need to explain complex issues to customers who have little or no technical expertise.

Writing skills. Electrical and electronics engineers develop technical publications related to equipment they develop, including maintenance manuals, operation manuals, parts lists, product proposals, and design methods documents.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as electrical and electronics engineers. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam can be taken right after graduation from a college or university. Engineers who pass this exam commonly are called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After getting work experience, EITs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education courses to keep their license. Most states recognize licensure from other states if the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements.

Advancement

Electrical and electronic engineers may advance to supervisory positions in which they lead a team of engineers and technicians. Some may move to management positions, working as engineering or program managers. Preparation for managerial positions usually requires working under the guidance of a more experienced engineer. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

For sales work, an engineering background enables engineers to discuss a product's technical aspects and assist in product planning and use. For more information, see the profile on sales engineers.

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Distinguished Member Of The Technical Staff Career Paths

Distinguished Member Of The Technical Staff
Technical Manager Project Manager Product Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Manager Project Manager Marketing Manager
Product Marketing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Manager Project Manager Information Technology Director
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Engineering Manager Director
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Partner Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Partner Production Manager
Product Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Director Director Of Project Management Technical Director
Director Of Systems Engineering
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Owner Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Product Manager
Product Line Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Deputy Program Manager Technical Project Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Operations Program Manager Manufacturing Manager
Research And Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Senior System Administrator Systems Manager
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Member Technical Staff Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Member Technical Staff Design Manager
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Member Technical Staff Systems Architect Senior Technical Consultant
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Distinguished Member Of The Technical Staff Demographics

Gender

Male

78.3%

Unknown

11.6%

Female

10.1%
Ethnicity

White

52.6%

Asian

20.8%

Hispanic or Latino

12.0%

Black or African American

9.5%

Unknown

5.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Carrier

40.0%

Italian

20.0%

Romanian

10.0%

French

10.0%

Spanish

10.0%

Korean

10.0%
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Distinguished Member Of The Technical Staff Education

Schools

Illinois Institute of Technology

11.8%

University of Florida

6.7%

University of Illinois at Chicago

6.7%

Purdue University

6.7%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

5.9%

Stevens Institute of Technology

5.9%

University of Central Florida

5.0%

Pennsylvania State University

5.0%

New York University

4.2%

University of Pennsylvania

4.2%

University of Phoenix

4.2%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4.2%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.2%

University of Illinois University Administration

4.2%

University of Wisconsin Extension

3.4%

Northeastern University

3.4%

Johns Hopkins University

3.4%

Stanford University

3.4%

Columbia University

3.4%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

33.7%

Computer Science

21.9%

Business

9.2%

Computer Engineering

7.0%

Physics

2.9%

Mechanical Engineering

2.9%

Finance

2.5%

Project Management

2.5%

Information Systems

2.2%

Industrial Engineering

1.9%

Computer Information Systems

1.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Engineering

1.6%

Telecommunications Management

1.6%

Management

1.3%

Mathematics

1.3%

Computer Networking

1.3%

Chemistry

1.3%

Management Information Systems

1.0%

Experimental Psychology

1.0%
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Degrees

Masters

51.4%

Bachelors

23.9%

Doctorate

12.8%

Other

7.9%

Certificate

2.7%

Associate

1.4%
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Average Yearly Salary
$87,000
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$46,000
Min 10%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
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$87,000
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Median 50%
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Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Micron Technology
Highest Paying City
Irving, TX
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
9.2 years
How much does a Distinguished Member Of The Technical Staff make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Distinguished Member Of The Technical Staff in the United States is $87,940 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $46,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $165,000.

Real Distinguished Member Of The Technical Staff Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Distinguished Member Technical Staff-Technology Verizon Data Services LLC San Jose, CA Nov 23, 2015 $174,771
Distinguished Member Technical Staff Verizon Communications Inc., & All Its Subsidiaries & Affiliates Silver Spring, MD Apr 26, 2016 $147,500
Distinguished Member of Technical Staff-System Engineering Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Apr 04, 2016 $145,000
Distinguished Member Technical Staff-Software Engineering Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Apr 21, 2015 $127,983
Distinguished Member Technical Staff-Technology Verizon Services Corporation Palo Alto, CA Apr 02, 2013 $125,000
Distinguished Member of Technical Staff S/W Engineer Verizon Telematics Inc. Atlanta, GA Feb 09, 2016 $124,762
Distinguished Member Technical Staff (Systems Engi Verizon Corporate Resources Group LLC Irving, TX Jun 30, 2014 $121,573
Distinguished Member Technical Staff (Systems Engi Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Apr 04, 2014 $121,573
Distinguished Member Technical Staff-Technology Verizon Corporate Resources Group LLC Waltham, MA Aug 05, 2013 $120,000
Distinguished Member Technical Staff-Technology Verizon Corporate Resources Group LLC Waltham, MA Aug 05, 2012 $120,000
Distinguished Member Technical Staff Verizon Corporate Resources Group LLC Ridgefield, NJ Jun 13, 2014 $119,600
Distinguished Member Technical Staff-Network Infra Planning Verizon Corporate Resources Group Waltham, MA Sep 30, 2016 $117,042
Distinguished Member Technical Staff Verizon Data Services LLC Alpharetta, GA Nov 21, 2014 $116,594
Distinguished Member of Technical Staff-Software E Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Apr 21, 2012 $116,330
Distinguished Member of Technical Staff-System/Arc Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Apr 22, 2011 $116,150
Distinguished Member of Technical Staff Verizon Communications Inc., & All Its Subsidiaries & Affiliates Waltham, MA Apr 02, 2016 $115,000
Distinguished Member of Technical Staff Verizon Data Services LLC Waltham, MA Nov 03, 2014 $115,000
Distinguished Member Technical Staff (Software ENG Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Aug 15, 2012 $110,748
Distinguished Member Technical Staff-Technology Verizon Corporate Resources Group LLC Irving, TX Oct 04, 2012 $110,000

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Top Skills for A Distinguished Member Of The Technical Staff

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  2. Business Development
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  • Directed evolutionary development of Next Generation Security Architecture applicable to multiple security domains within the DoD and Federal/Civil security markets.
  • Directed new business development projects.
  • Identified and incorporated new features into a test executive software platform to provide improved usability and quality of test programs.
  • Earned appointment following tenure as Member of Technical Staff within the Systems Engineering Organization.
  • Collaborated with multiple Motorola business and development teams to reach consensus.

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