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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

  • $82,510

    Average Salary

What Does A Field Engineer Do

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

Duties

Mechanical engineers typically do the following:

  • Analyze problems to see how mechanical and thermal devices might help solve a particular problem
  • Design or redesign mechanical and thermal devices or subsystems, using analysis and computer-aided design
  • Develop and test prototypes of devices they design
  • Analyze the test results and change the design or system as needed
  • Oversee the manufacturing process for the device

Mechanical engineers design and oversee the manufacture of many products ranging from medical devices to new batteries.

Mechanical engineers design power-producing machines, such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines, as well as power-using machines, such as refrigeration and air-conditioning systems.

Mechanical engineers design other machines inside buildings, such as elevators and escalators. They also design material-handling systems, such as conveyor systems and automated transfer stations.

Like other engineers, mechanical engineers use computers extensively. Mechanical engineers are routinely responsible for the integration of sensors, controllers, and machinery. Computer technology helps mechanical engineers create and analyze designs, run simulations and test how a machine is likely to work, interact with connected systems, and generate specifications for parts.

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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.

Education

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.

Advancement

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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Field Engineer Career Paths

Field Engineer
Network Engineer Engineer Application Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Field Service Technician Technical Services Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Operations Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Field Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Service Manager Driver Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Product Engineer Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Engineer Project Engineering Manager
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Inspector Heavy Equipment Operator General Foreman
Mechanical Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Lead Technician Service Manager
Regional Service Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Construction Manager
Senior Construction Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Field Technician Surveyor
Survey Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Human Resources Coordinator Technical Recruiter
Technical Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Application Engineer Sales Engineer
Technical Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Specialist Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Engineer 3.2 years
Telecom Engineer 3.1 years
Field Engineer 3.0 years
Field Technician 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 8.2%
Technician 7.2%
Engineer 6.1%
Supervisor 3.4%
Manager 3.1%
Top Employers After
Engineer 6.4%
Consultant 4.1%
Technician 4.0%
Owner 3.3%
Manager 2.9%

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Field Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

89.6%

Female

8.3%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

57.9%

Hispanic or Latino

16.6%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

8.7%

Unknown

5.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

49.4%

French

9.9%

Arabic

7.5%

Carrier

6.7%

Portuguese

4.3%

German

4.1%

Italian

2.4%

Chinese

2.1%

Russian

2.0%

Hindi

1.7%

Mandarin

1.5%

Dakota

1.4%

Japanese

1.4%

Korean

1.2%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Cantonese

0.9%

Urdu

0.8%

Thai

0.6%

Kurdish

0.6%

Filipino

0.6%
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Field Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.7%

Texas A&M University

9.0%

Pennsylvania State University

7.6%

Texas Tech University

7.1%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

6.4%

University of Houston

5.5%

Community College of the Air Force

4.5%

West Virginia University

4.4%

Louisiana Tech University

4.2%

University of Texas at Austin

4.0%

Oklahoma State University

3.9%

University of Florida

3.9%

Auburn University

3.9%

University of Oklahoma

3.8%

Colorado School of Mines

3.6%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.5%

Purdue University

3.5%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

3.4%

University of Alabama

3.2%

Strayer University

2.9%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

16.6%

Civil Engineering

11.6%

Mechanical Engineering

11.3%

Business

10.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.7%

Computer Science

5.2%

Construction Management

5.2%

Petroleum Engineering

4.3%

Chemical Engineering

3.7%

Information Technology

3.6%

Computer Information Systems

3.5%

Engineering

3.2%

Computer Networking

3.1%

Project Management

2.4%

Management

2.4%

Geology

1.8%

Industrial Technology

1.7%

General Studies

1.5%

Computer Engineering

1.5%

Education

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.1%

Other

22.2%

Masters

14.0%

Associate

11.6%

Certificate

3.9%

Diploma

1.4%

Doctorate

0.7%

License

0.2%
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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 -
$173,750
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 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 San Francisco, CA Jun 27, 2016 $136,900 -
$156,900
Premier Field Engineer Active Directory Microsoft Corporation Fremont, CA Jan 08, 2016 $136,900
Premier Field Engineer Lync Microsoft Corporation San Francisco, CA Sep 18, 2015 $135,400
Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation San Francisco, CA Jul 14, 2015 $135,400
Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation San Francisco, CA Jun 17, 2015 $135,400
Field Engineer AIG PC Global Services, Inc. Houston, TX Jun 29, 2015 $135,000
Principal Field Engineer Mark Logic Corporation New York, NY Mar 07, 2016 $135,000 -
$160,000
Field Engineer II Kiewit Offshore Services, Ltd. Ingleside, TX Oct 19, 2015 $98,715
Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation Chicago, IL Aug 11, 2015 $97,000
Premier Field Engineer* Microsoft Corporation Chicago, IL Dec 21, 2015 $97,000 -
$117,000
Field Engineer General Baker Hughes Incorporated Midland, TX Sep 02, 2015 $96,500
Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation Issaquah, WA Jan 19, 2015 $96,040
Field Engineer General-WLE Baker Hughes, Inc. Broussard, LA Feb 04, 2015 $95,909
Field Engineer-Drives and Controls Tmeic International Corporation Roanoke, VA Mar 06, 2015 $95,414
Field Engineer (Civil) Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 07, 2015 $95,389 -
$112,692
Field Engineer Devcon Construction Inc. Milpitas, CA Apr 01, 2016 $67,933 -
$85,000
Field Engineer Oceaneering International, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 17, 2015 $67,746 -
$81,840
Chief Field Engineer Weeks Marine, Inc. Nederland, TX Sep 09, 2015 $67,080 -
$72,500
Chief Field Engineer Weeks Marine, Inc. Freeport, TX Sep 09, 2015 $67,080 -
$72,500
Chief Field Engineer Weeks Marine, Inc. Cranford, NJ Sep 09, 2015 $67,080 -
$72,500
Field Engineer Bladestone LLC Edwards, CO Oct 20, 2015 $66,784
Field Engineer Mass Electric Construction Co. Houston, TX May 09, 2016 $66,560
Field Engineer Cudd Pressure Control, Inc. Odessa, TX Aug 04, 2015 $66,000

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  1. Computer
  2. Safety
  3. Technical Support
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  • Deploy new operating systems and application to mission critical computer systems.
  • Maintained strong safety mind-set to ensure executed work reflected technical requirements within GE safety standards recommendations on findings.
  • Accompanied salesmen on customer visits to provide technical support and answer customer questions about Baker Hughes equipment.
  • Recognized for outstanding contributions; retained a 100% Customer Service Satisfaction rating, which facilitated ongoing business and customer retention.
  • Install local and network printers, hard drives, video cards, RAM, power supplies and motherboards.

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