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Become A Field Engineer

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Working As A Field Engineer

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

  • Make Decisions

  • $75,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Field Engineer Do

The primary duties of a Field Engineer involve installing hardware, servicing machines, and maintaining and repairing installed products. Field engineers work in various industries, such as construction, oil field services, engineering services, information technology, and others.

How To Become A Field Engineer

Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineers who sell services publicly must be licensed in all states and the District of Columbia.


Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineering programs usually include courses in mathematics and life and physical sciences, as well as engineering and design courses. Mechanical engineering technology programs focus less on theory and more on the practical application of engineering principles. They may emphasize internships and co-ops to prepare students for work in industry.

Some colleges and universities offer 5-year programs that allow students to obtain both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. Some 5-year or even 6-year cooperative plans combine classroom study with practical work, enabling students to gain valuable experience and earn money to finance part of their education.

ABET accredits programs in engineering and engineering technology. Most employers prefer to hire students from an accredited program. A degree from an ABET-accredited program is usually necessary to become a licensed professional engineer.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Mechanical engineers design and build complex pieces of equipment and machinery. A creative mind is essential for this kind of work.

Listening skills. Mechanical engineers often work on projects with others, such as architects and computer scientists. They must listen to and analyze different approaches made by other experts to complete the task at hand.

Math skills. Mechanical engineers use the principles of calculus, statistics, and other advanced subjects in math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Mechanical skills. Mechanical skills allow engineers to apply basic engineering concepts and mechanical processes to the design of new devices and systems.

Problem-solving skills. Mechanical engineers need good problem-solving skills to take scientific discoveries and use them to design and build useful products.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as a mechanical engineer. 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, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education to renew their licenses every year. Most states recognize licensure from other states, as long as the other state’s licensing requirements meet or exceed their own licensing requirements.

Several professional organizations offer a variety of certification programs for engineers to demonstrate competency in specific fields of mechanical engineering.


A Ph.D. is essential for engineering faculty positions in higher education, as well as for some research and development programs. Mechanical engineers may earn graduate degrees in engineering or business administration to learn new technology, broaden their education, and enhance their project management skills. Mechanical engineers may become administrators or managers after obtaining the requisite experience.

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Real Field Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Premier Field Engineer SQL Microsoft Corporation Moraga, CA Jul 28, 2016 $153,750
Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA May 07, 2016 $153,750 -
Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation San Francisco, CA May 16, 2016 $151,875
Field Engineer II Tic-The Industrial Company Richmond, CA Aug 29, 2016 $141,835
Premier Field Engineer – Global Business Support or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Dec 18, 2015 $140,945 -
Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation New York, NY Aug 06, 2015 $140,945
Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation Edison, NJ Sep 10, 2015 $139,360
Premier Field Engineer Sccm Microsoft Corporation Mountain House, CA Jul 16, 2016 $138,367
Premier Field Engineer Active Directory Microsoft Corporation Fremont, CA Jan 08, 2016 $136,900
Premier Field Engineer, Active Directory Microsoft Corporation San Francisco, CA Jun 27, 2016 $136,900 -
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Top Skills for A Field Engineer


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Top Field Engineer Skills

  1. Hardware
  2. Safety
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Advise and evaluate customers' hardware environments to ensure they meet minimum system requirements.
  • Maintain and calibrate tools and equipment; oversee logging operations and safety of crew.
  • Provided customer service to multiple site locations, troubleshooting outages and providing services, repair and solutions.
  • Maintained and serviced a territory of IBM printing shop copiers and production printers.
  • Installed and tested fiber optic, coax, and cat5/6 cables as required.

Top Field Engineer Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Field Engineer

  1. Bechtel
  2. Lockheed Martin
  3. Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (IL)
  4. CB&I Inc
  5. Schlumberger
  6. Baker Hughes Mining Tools Inc.
  7. Kiewit
  8. Halliburton
  9. Raytheon
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