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Working As An Engineering Technician Lead

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $97,020

    Average Salary

What Does An Engineering Technician Lead Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become An Engineering Technician Lead

Most employers require network and computer systems administrators to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. Others may require only a postsecondary certificate.

Education

Although some employers require only a postsecondary certificate, most require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. There are degree programs that focus on computer network and system administration. However, because administrators work with computer hardware and equipment, a degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering usually is acceptable as well. Programs in these fields usually include classes in computer programming, networking, or systems design.

Because network technology is continually changing, administrators need to keep up with the latest developments. Many continue to take courses throughout their careers and attend information technology (IT) conferences to keep up with the latest technology. Some businesses require that an administrator get a master’s degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally offered directly from vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates knowledge and best practices required from network and computer systems administrators. Companies may require their network and computer systems administrators to be certified in the product they use. Microsoft and Cisco offer some of the most common certifications.

Other Experience

To gain practical experience, many network administrators participate in internship programs while in school.

Advancement

Network administrators can advance to become computer network architects. They can also advance to managerial jobs in information technology (IT) departments, such as computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Administrators need analytical skills to evaluate network and system performance and determine how changes in the environment will affect them.

Communication skills. Administrators must be able to describe problems and their solutions to non-IT workers.

Computer skills. Administrators oversee the connections of many different types of computer equipment and must ensure that they all work together properly.

Multitasking skills. Administrators may have to work on many problems and tasks at the same time.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators must be able to quickly resolve any problems that arise with computer networks.

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Engineering Technician Lead jobs

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Engineering Technician Lead Career Paths

Engineering Technician Lead
Program Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Information Technology Consultant Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Technical Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Program Manager Service Director
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Manager Program Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Leader Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior System Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Program Manager Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Engineer 4.3 years
Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Team Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Lead Technician 3.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
NOC Technician 1.9 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 4.6%
Internship 3.0%
Top Employers After
Consultant 7.7%

Engineering Technician Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

84.7%

Female

11.1%

Unknown

4.2%
Ethnicity

White

70.2%

Asian

15.0%

Hispanic or Latino

10.8%

Unknown

3.1%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.0%

Carrier

14.8%

Chinese

11.1%

Italian

7.4%

Cherokee

3.7%

Braille

3.7%

Japanese

3.7%

German

3.7%

Cheyenne

3.7%

Russian

3.7%

Korean

3.7%

Bengali

3.7%
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Engineering Technician Lead Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.5%

University of Pittsburgh -

8.5%

Purdue University

7.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

7.0%

Iowa State University

6.2%

Pennsylvania State University

4.7%

George Washington University

4.7%

University of Texas at Austin

4.7%

Texas A&M University

3.9%

Strayer University

3.9%

Regis University

3.9%

University of Southern California

3.9%

George Mason University

3.9%

Syracuse University

3.1%

University of Connecticut

3.1%

University of Maryland - University College

3.1%

Arizona State University

3.1%

San Jose State University

3.1%

Southern Methodist University

3.1%

National University

3.1%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

17.4%

Business

14.8%

Mechanical Engineering

12.3%

Computer Science

11.3%

Computer Engineering

5.7%

Information Technology

4.9%

Management

3.4%

Computer Information Systems

3.0%

Computer Networking

3.0%

Project Management

2.8%

Civil Engineering

2.8%

Engineering

2.8%

Physics

2.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.2%

Computer Applications

2.0%

Management Information Systems

1.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.8%

Information Systems

1.8%

Aerospace Engineering

1.8%

Finance

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.9%

Masters

30.1%

Other

15.4%

Associate

7.9%

Doctorate

5.1%

Certificate

2.2%

Diploma

1.3%
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Real Engineering Technician Lead Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Technical Lead Engineer Aeris Communications, Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 25, 2015 $165,000
Technical Lead Engineer Viasat, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 25, 2016 $165,000 -
$170,000
Tech Lead, Trust and Safety Engineering Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 06, 2016 $160,000
Database Engineer Tech. Lead Google Inc. New York, NY Aug 15, 2016 $159,750
Database Engineering Tech Lead Google Inc. New York, NY Dec 08, 2016 $159,750
Systems Operations Engineer Tech Lead Polyvore, Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 20, 2015 $156,333
Technical Lead, Data Engineering Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA May 23, 2016 $155,000
Engineering Tech Lead Segment.IO, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 09, 2016 $155,000
Engineering Technical Leader-IV & V GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas LLC Wilmington, NC Oct 01, 2015 $154,500
Application Engineer-Tech Lead PMC-Sierra Us, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 01, 2015 $151,200
Engineering Technical Leader-IV&V GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas, LLC Wilmington, NC Apr 20, 2015 $151,000 -
$155,000
Engineering Manager/Tech Lead APVO Corporation San Francisco, CA Sep 08, 2015 $150,000
Technical Lead Engineer Viptela, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 15, 2015 $150,000
Firmware Design Engineer-Tech Lead PMC-Sierra Us, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 13, 2015 $147,747
Lead Technical Engineer Dimension Data North America Framingham, MA Jun 08, 2015 $96,138
Lead Engineer/Technologist Vetco Gray, Inc. Houston, TX Dec 02, 2016 $96,010
Lead Engineer/Technologist Vetco Gray, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 03, 2016 $96,010
Lead Cnslt-Tech APP ENG Bank of America N.A. Charlotte, NC Aug 26, 2015 $94,865 -
$112,200
Lead Engineer/Technologist GE Energy Power Conversion USA Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Feb 04, 2015 $94,000 -
$96,000
GOS Lead Advanced Technology Engineer Jabil Circuit, Inc. Saint Petersburg, FL Sep 09, 2015 $93,500
Lead Technical Engineer Logic Solutions, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Dec 09, 2016 $92,539 -
$95,000
Technology Lead-Engineering-US Infosys Limited Rossville, IL Apr 17, 2016 $76,257
Technology Lead-Engineering-US Infosys Limited Dearborn, MI Oct 18, 2015 $76,257
Technology Lead-Engineering-US Infosys Limited Wichita, KS Jun 22, 2015 $76,184
Technology Lead-Engineering-US Infosys Limited Wichita, KS Oct 24, 2015 $76,184
Technology Lead-Engineering-US Infosys Limited Wichita, KS Jan 07, 2016 $76,184
Technology Lead-Engineering-US Infosys Limited Wichita, KS Oct 11, 2015 $76,184
Technology Lead-Engineering-US Infosys Limited Kinston, NC Aug 08, 2016 $76,184

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Top Skills for An Engineering Technician Lead

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Top Engineering Technician Lead Skills

  1. Test Procedures
  2. Hardware
  3. Network Infrastructure
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Redesigned and corrected test procedures.
  • Planned, scheduled and installed Microsoft Windows 7 and 8 operating systems, new/modified hardware and software.
  • Created detailed documentation, diagrams and procedures required to maintain and support the complex campus network infrastructure.
  • Completed the installation of software for the enterprise on Windows Server.
  • Perform data analysis and troubleshoot system failure utilizing oscilloscope, function generator and calibration devices.

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