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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

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
Systems Administrator Engineer Project Engineer
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Service Manager Operator Foreman
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Information Technology Manager Technical Services Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Operations Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineer Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Information Technology Manager Operations Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Business Analyst Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Systems Engineer Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Engineer Project Engineer
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Business Analyst Product Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Specialist Account Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Engineer General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Engineer In Charge 4.5 years
Service Engineer 3.4 years
Project Engineer 3.4 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
Logging Engineer 3.2 years
Engineer/Estimator 3.1 years
Network Engineer 3.1 years
Telecom Engineer 3.0 years
Field Engineer 3.0 years
Piping Engineer 2.9 years
Survey Engineer 2.8 years
Office Engineer 2.6 years
Train Engineer 2.5 years
Wireless Engineer 2.4 years
Field Technician 2.4 years
Junior Engineer 2.1 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 7.3%
Technician 6.9%
Engineer 5.7%
Supervisor 3.2%
Manager 2.9%
Top Employers After
Engineer 6.2%
Consultant 4.0%
Technician 3.7%
Owner 3.0%
Manager 2.8%

Field Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

89.9%

Female

8.1%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

75.9%

Hispanic or Latino

11.5%

Asian

8.5%

Unknown

3.0%

Black or African American

1.1%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.2%

French

10.2%

Carrier

7.4%

Arabic

7.4%

Portuguese

4.4%

German

4.4%

Italian

2.6%

Chinese

2.0%

Hindi

1.9%

Russian

1.9%

Mandarin

1.4%

Japanese

1.4%

Dakota

1.3%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Korean

1.1%

Urdu

1.1%

Cantonese

0.9%

Greek

0.9%

Turkish

0.7%

Thai

0.6%
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Field Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.3%

Texas A&M University

8.8%

Pennsylvania State University

7.5%

Texas Tech University

6.8%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

6.2%

University of Houston

5.8%

Community College of the Air Force

4.6%

West Virginia University

4.3%

University of Texas at Austin

4.2%

Louisiana Tech University

4.0%

University of Oklahoma

3.9%

Oklahoma State University

3.9%

University of Florida

3.9%

Auburn University

3.7%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.7%

Colorado School of Mines

3.6%

Purdue University

3.5%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

3.4%

University of Alabama

3.1%

Northeastern University

2.9%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

17.6%

Mechanical Engineering

11.1%

Business

10.7%

Civil Engineering

10.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.8%

Computer Science

5.3%

Construction Management

4.8%

Petroleum Engineering

4.2%

Information Technology

3.8%

Computer Information Systems

3.6%

Chemical Engineering

3.5%

Engineering

3.2%

Computer Networking

3.1%

Project Management

2.5%

Management

2.4%

Geology

1.7%

Industrial Technology

1.6%

Computer Engineering

1.5%

General Studies

1.5%

Education

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.7%

Other

22.4%

Masters

14.0%

Associate

11.8%

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 Dec 21, 2015 $97,000 -
$117,000
Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation Chicago, IL Aug 11, 2015 $97,000
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 &Amp; 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. Cranford, NJ 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. Nederland, TX 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 Jul 28, 2015 $66,000

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Top Skills for A Field Engineer

HardwareSafetyCustomerServicePrintersFiberOpticPCTechnicalSupportLayoutRoutersPreventiveMaintenanceDesktopFacilityProjectManagementRFCADSetupRFISuperviseTT1

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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.

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