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Working As An Engineering Specialist

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • $93,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Engineering Specialist Do

Computer network architects design and build data communication networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and intranets. These networks range from small connections between two offices to next-generation networking capabilities such as a cloud infrastructure that serves multiple customers. Network architects must have extensive knowledge of an organization’s business plan to design a network that can help the organization achieve its goals.

Duties

Computer network architects typically do the following:

  • Create plans and layouts for data communication networks
  • Present plans to management and explain why they are in the organization’s best interest to pursue them
  • Consider information security when designing networks
  • Upgrade hardware, such as routers or adaptors, and software, such as network drivers, as needed to support computer networks
  • Research new networking technologies to determine what would best support their organization in the future

Computer network architects, or network engineers, often work with their organization’s chief technology officer (CTO) to predict where the organization will most need new networks. They spend most of their time planning these new networks. Some computer network architects work with engineers such as computer hardware engineers who help build the network a network architect has designed. Network architects are often experienced staff and have 5 to 10 years of experience working in network administration or with other information technology (IT) systems.

Computer network architects also create models to predict future network needs by analyzing current data traffic and estimating how growth will affect the network. They also keep up to date on new hardware and software technology and test how it can improve network performance. In addition, computer network architects have to keep security in mind and when network vulnerabilities arise, implement security patches or other countermeasures.

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How To Become An Engineering Specialist

Most computer network architects have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field and experience in a related occupation, such as network and computer systems administrators.

Education

Computer network architects usually need at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, engineering, or a related field. Degree programs in a computer-related field give network architects hands-on laboratory work in classes such as network security or database design. These programs prepare network architects to be able to work with the wide array of technologies used in networks.

Employers of network architects sometimes prefer applicants to have a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) in information systems. MBA programs generally require 2 years of study beyond the undergraduate level and include both business and computer-related courses.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Network architects generally need to have at least 5 to 10 years of experience working with information technology (IT) systems. They often have experience as a network and computer system administrator but also may come from other computer-related occupations such as database administrator or computer systems analyst.

Certification

Certification programs are generally offered by product vendors or software firms. Vendor-specific certification verifies a set of skills to ensure network architects are able to work in specific networking environments. Companies may require their network architects to be certified in the products they use.

Advancement

Some network architects advance to become computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Computer network architects have to examine data networks and decide how to best connect the networks based on the needs and resources of the organization.

Detail oriented. Computer network architects create comprehensive plans of the networks they are creating with precise information describing how the network parts will work together.

Interpersonal skills. These workers must be able to work with different types of employees to successfully design and implement computer and information networks.

Leadership skills. Many computer network architects direct teams of engineers who build the networks they have designed, such as computer hardware engineers.

Organizational skills. Computer network architects who work for large firms must coordinate many different types of communication networks and make sure they work well together.

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Engineering Specialist Career Paths

Engineering Specialist
Program Manager Consultant Information Technology Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Supervisor Field Service Technician Regional Service Manager
Area Service Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Product Manager
Business Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Project Manager General Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Property Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader
Consultant/Project Leader
6 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Marketing Manager Writer And Editor
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Development Manager Development Director
Development Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Test Manager Integration Manager
Director Of Systems Integration
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Lead Developer
5 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Project Coordinator Project Specialist
Project Team Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Lead Technician Production Supervisor
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Account Executive
Sales/Marketing
5 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Program Manager Senior Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Specialist Security Officer Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Account Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Engineer Operations Manager Site Manager
Site/Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
SEM Specialist 1.3 years
Top Careers Before Engineering Specialist
Engineer 8.2%
Internship 6.6%
Manager 3.4%
Consultant 3.2%
Supervisor 3.2%
Top Careers After Engineering Specialist
Engineer 7.8%
Consultant 6.2%
Owner 5.2%
Manager 4.0%
Specialist 3.1%

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Engineering Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

75.3%

Female

21.3%

Unknown

3.4%
Ethnicity

White

58.6%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Asian

11.1%

Black or African American

10.4%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.8%

French

12.2%

Carrier

7.1%

Russian

5.8%

Portuguese

4.5%

German

4.5%

Chinese

3.2%

Swedish

1.9%

Hindi

1.9%

Italian

1.9%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Mandarin

1.3%

Romanian

1.3%

Japanese

1.3%

Urdu

1.3%

Arabic

1.3%

Telugu

0.6%

Marathi

0.6%

Sindhi

0.6%

Korean

0.6%
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Engineering Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.0%

Wichita State University

6.2%

Purdue University

6.2%

Pennsylvania State University

5.6%

University of Washington

5.3%

Utah Valley University

5.3%

Auburn University

4.8%

Wayne State University

4.5%

George Washington University

4.5%

Arizona State University

4.5%

Texas A&M University

4.5%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.2%

University of Houston

4.2%

Drexel University

3.9%

Strayer University

3.9%

University of Alabama

3.7%

Brigham Young University

3.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.7%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.7%

University of Southern California

3.7%
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Majors

Business

17.1%

Mechanical Engineering

15.2%

Electrical Engineering

14.6%

Computer Science

6.5%

Marketing

5.5%

Management

4.3%

Civil Engineering

4.3%

Chemical Engineering

3.5%

Engineering

3.4%

Communication

3.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.6%

Drafting And Design

2.5%

Industrial Engineering

2.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.2%

Information Technology

2.1%

Industrial Technology

2.1%

English

2.1%

Project Management

2.0%

Graphic Design

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.6%

Masters

22.4%

Other

17.0%

Associate

8.7%

Doctorate

3.8%

Certificate

3.4%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.1%
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Real Engineering Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Completions Engineering Specialist EOG Resources, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Mar 03, 2015 $195,603
Completions Engineering Specialist EOG Resources, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Jun 30, 2016 $183,600
Completions Engineering Specialist EOG Resources, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Jun 30, 2015 $180,000
Engineering Specialist STV Incorporated Charlotte, NC Jan 12, 2015 $165,006
Geomechanics Engineer/Ppfg Specialist BP America Inc. Houston, TX Jan 22, 2015 $156,800
Engineering Specialist Manager I Yokogawa Corporation of America Sugar Land, TX Oct 17, 2016 $150,665
Engineer Specialist Citigroup Technology, Inc. Warren, NJ Jun 08, 2015 $150,000
Engineer Specialist Citigroup Technology, Inc. Warren, NJ Aug 22, 2016 $150,000
Re-Engineering Specialist Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA May 31, 2016 $140,000 -
$151,300
Engineering Specialist Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 15, 2016 $136,698
Engineering Specialist Activision Publishing Inc. Albany, NY Apr 19, 2016 $135,000
Engineering Specialist V Weatherford International, LLC Houston, TX Aug 03, 2016 $131,023 -
$141,023
Engineer Specialist, BI Enterprise Architecture Citigroup Technology, Inc. Tampa, FL Jul 11, 2016 $130,000
Specialist V-Engineering Hatch Mott MacDonald Holdings Inc. Edmonds, WA Jun 20, 2016 $104,611
Specialist V-Engineering Hatch Mott MacDonald Holdings Inc. Edmonds, WA Mar 29, 2016 $104,611
Enterprise System Development Engineering Specialist Valero Energy Corporation San Antonio, TX Sep 25, 2015 $103,491
Enterprise System Development Engineering Specialist Valero Energy Corporation San Antonio, TX Sep 25, 2015 $102,939
Business Process Engineering Specialist Siemens Energy, Inc. Charlotte, NC Feb 28, 2016 $102,804
Engineering Specialist-Development Altair Engineering, Inc. Troy, MI Mar 22, 2016 $101,774
Engineering Specialist Altair Engineering, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 08, 2015 $101,328
Engineering Specialist Caterpillar Inc. Rossville, IL Aug 23, 2015 $100,896
Engineering Specialist Intecsea, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 18, 2016 $89,606
CCE Electrical Engineering Specialist Schlumberger Technology Corporation Houston, TX Jul 29, 2016 $89,149 -
$100,510
Engineering Specialist Operations, Coatings BRP Us Inc. Sturtevant, WI Dec 12, 2016 $88,774 -
$102,000
Engineering Specialist Operations, Coatings BRP Us Inc. Sturtevant, WI Nov 23, 2016 $88,774 -
$102,000
Engineering Specialist Operations, Coatings BRP Us Inc. Sturtevant, WI Nov 18, 2016 $88,774 -
$102,000
Process Engineering Specialist III CB&I Inc. Plainfield, IL Oct 09, 2016 $88,407 -
$114,929
Broadcast Engineering Specialist HBO Latin America Production Services, L.C. Sunrise, FL May 01, 2016 $88,358

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR An Engineering Specialist

Average Yearly Salary
$93,000
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$60,000
Min 10%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$143,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
EOG Resources
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does an Engineering Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Engineering Specialist in the United States is $93,418 per year or $45 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $60,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $143,000.

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Top Skills for An Engineering Specialist

  1. Company Website
  2. Engineering Department
  3. Test Cases
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  • Analyzed key metrics to measure keyword effectiveness for company websites.
  • Served as engineering project execution coordinator between plant engineering department and field execution groups.
  • Test Plans: Developed and populated Access database for mapping system requirements to test cases.
  • Monitored and evaluated web analytics to quantify traffic and conversions.
  • Search Engine Optimization specialist for start-up digital marketing agency servicing the automotive industry.

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  6. District of Columbia
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