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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
  • $74,221

    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
Staff Engineer Engineering Manager Supply Chain Manager
Business Process Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Product Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Business Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Specialist Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Staff Engineer Engineering Director Director Of Software Development
Director Of Systems Integration
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Program Management
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Staff Engineer Project Engineering Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Specialist Information Technology Specialist Information Systems Manager
Information Services Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Information Systems Technician Information Systems Specialist
Information Systems Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Operations Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Client Services Manager Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Program Manager
Manager, Program Management
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Engineering Manager Quality Manager
Manufacturing Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Director Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Product Manager
Product Line Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Project Manager-Manufacturing
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Project Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
SEM Specialist 1.3 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 8.2%
Internship 6.6%
Manager 3.4%
Consultant 3.2%
Supervisor 3.2%
Top Employers After
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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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 Mar 29, 2016 $104,611
Specialist V-Engineering Hatch Mott MacDonald Holdings Inc. Edmonds, WA Jun 20, 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 Nov 23, 2016 $88,774 -
$102,000
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 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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Top Skills for An Engineering Specialist

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  1. Engineering Department
  2. Test Plans
  3. Google Analytics
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  • Document specialist working with all engineering departments in the developments of both military and commercial aircraft.
  • Executed test plans during hardware/software integration testing.
  • Created detailed monthly tracking reports with Google Analytics to analyze the traffic of client websites, trends and assess marketing campaigns.
  • Performed search engine optimization for medical professionals that purchased a website with the company.
  • Supported existing manufacturing with projects focused to ensure the overall capacity, quality, safety and productivity.

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