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Working As A Field Technician Engineer

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Deal with People

  • $50,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Field Technician Engineer Do

Environmental science and protection technicians monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution and contamination, including those affecting public health. In addition, they work to ensure that environmental violations are prevented.

Duties

Environmental science and protection technicians typically do the following:

  • Inspect establishments, including public places and businesses, to ensure that there are no environmental, health, or safety hazards
  • Set up and maintain equipment used to monitor pollution levels, such as remote sensors that measure emissions from smokestacks
  • Collect samples of air, soil, water, and other materials for laboratory analysis
  • Clearly label, track, and ensure the integrity of samples being transported to the laboratory
  • Use equipment such as microscopes to evaluate and analyze samples for the presence of pollutants or other contaminants
  • Prepare charts and reports that summarize test results
  • Discuss test results and analyses with clients
  • Verify compliance with regulations to help prevent pollution

Many environmental science and protection technicians work under the supervision of environmental scientists and specialists, who direct the technicians’ work and evaluate their results. In addition, they often work on teams with scientists, engineers, and technicians in other fields to solve complex problems related to environmental degradation and public health. For example, they may work on teams with geoscientists and hydrologists to manage the cleanup of contaminated soils and ground water around an abandoned bomb manufacturing site.

Most environmental science and protection technicians work for state or local governments, testing laboratories, or consulting firms.

In state and local governments, environmental science and protection technicians spend a lot of time inspecting businesses and public places, and investigating complaints related to air quality, water quality, and food safety. Sometimes they may be involved with enforcement of environmental regulations. They may help protect the environment and people’s health by performing environmental impact studies of new construction or by evaluating the environmental health of sites that may contaminate the environment, such as abandoned industrial sites.

Environmental science and protection technicians work in testing laboratories collecting and tracking samples, and performing tests that are often similar to what is done by chemical technicians, biological technicians, or microbiologists. However, the work done by environmental science and protection technicians focuses on topics that are directly related to the environment and how it affects human health.

In consulting firms, environmental science and protection technicians help clients monitor and manage the environment and comply with regulations. For example, they help businesses develop cleanup plans for contaminated sites, and they recommend ways to reduce, control, or eliminate pollution. Also, environmental science and protection technicians conduct feasibility studies for, and monitor the environmental impact of new construction projects.

Environmental science and protection technicians typically specialize in either laboratory testing or in fieldwork and sample collection. However, it is common for laboratory technicians to occasionally collect samples from the field, and for fieldworkers to do some work in a laboratory.

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How To Become A Field Technician Engineer

Environmental science and protection technicians typically need an associate’s degree or 2 years of postsecondary education, although some positions may require a bachelor’s degree.

Education

Environmental science and protection technicians typically need an associate’s degree in environmental science, environmental health, public health, or a related degree. Because of the wide range of tasks, environments, and industries in which these technicians work, there are jobs that do not require postsecondary education and others that require a bachelor’s degree.

A background in natural sciences is important for environmental science and protection technicians. Students should take courses in chemistry, biology, geology, and physics. Coursework in mathematics, statistics, and computer science also is useful because technicians routinely do data analysis and modeling.

Many schools offer internships and cooperative-education programs, which help students gain valuable experience while attending school. Internships and cooperative-education experience can enhance the students’ employment prospects.

Many technical and community colleges offer programs in environmental studies or a related technology, such as remote sensing or geographic information systems (GISs). Associate’s degree programs at community colleges traditionally are designed to easily transfer to bachelor’s degree programs at public colleges and universities.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Environmental science and protection technicians must be able to carry out a wide range of laboratory and field tests, and their results must be accurate and precise.

Communication skills. Environmental science and protection technicians must have good listening and writing skills, because they must follow precise directions for sample collection and communicate their results effectively in their written reports. They also may need to discuss their results with colleagues, clients, and sometimes public audiences.

Critical-thinking skills. Environmental science and protection technicians reach their conclusions through sound reasoning and judgment. They have to be able to determine the best way to address environmental hazards.

Interpersonal skills. Environmental science and protection technicians need to be able to work well and collaborate with others, because they often work with scientists and other technicians.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In some states, environmental science and protection technicians need a license to do certain types of environmental and health inspections. For example, some states require licensing for technicians who test buildings for radon. Licensure requirements vary by state but typically include certain levels of education and experience and a passing score on an exam.

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Field Technician Engineer Career Paths

Field Technician Engineer
Project Manager General Manager
Owner
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Purchasing Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Project Engineering Manager
Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Consultant Manager
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Consultant
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Consultant Owner/Operator
Construction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Administrator Operations Manager
Operations Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Manager Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Manager Service Manager
Regional Service Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Engineer Quality Assurance Engineer Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Quality Engineer Laboratory Supervisor
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Engineer Supervisor Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Field Engineer Senior Field Service Engineer Senior Field Service Technician
Senior Field Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Construction Inspector Senior Field Technician
Lead Field Technician
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
System Technician 4.6 years
Field Engineer 3.1 years
Field Technician 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Field Technician Engineer
Technician 6.3%
Internship 4.5%
Top Careers After Field Technician Engineer
Technician 5.8%
Manager 3.4%
Owner 2.9%
Engineer 2.9%

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Field Technician Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

83.4%

Unknown

8.5%

Female

8.1%
Ethnicity

White

58.2%

Hispanic or Latino

16.6%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

9.5%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.0%

French

10.0%

Japanese

8.0%

Chinese

6.0%

Carrier

6.0%

Portuguese

4.0%

Mandarin

4.0%

Arabic

4.0%

Italian

4.0%

Kurdish

2.0%

Filipino

2.0%

Vietnamese

2.0%

Cantonese

2.0%

Hawaiian

2.0%
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Field Technician Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.2%

University of Houston

9.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

7.0%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

6.2%

Texas A&M University

5.4%

Houston Community College

4.7%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

4.7%

Oklahoma State University

4.7%

Colorado State University

4.7%

Ohio State University

3.9%

Pennsylvania State University

3.9%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.9%

University of Central Florida

3.9%

Community College of the Air Force

3.9%

University of Kansas

3.9%

Drexel University

3.9%

Tidewater Community College

3.9%

New York University

3.1%

Robert Morris University

3.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.1%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

16.5%

Business

11.4%

Civil Engineering

8.7%

Computer Science

8.2%

Information Technology

7.2%

Computer Information Systems

6.6%

Mechanical Engineering

5.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.8%

Computer Networking

5.2%

Construction Management

2.8%

Chemical Engineering

2.7%

Project Management

2.5%

General Studies

2.4%

Engineering

2.4%

Civil Engineering Technologies

2.3%

Drafting And Design

2.1%

Computer Systems Security

2.0%

Engineering Technology

1.8%

Geology

1.8%

Computer Engineering

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.6%

Other

22.1%

Associate

18.2%

Masters

10.3%

Certificate

5.0%

Diploma

1.9%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.4%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
Maine
Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Field Technician Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Field Technician Engineer in the United States is $50,449 per year or $24 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $30,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $82,000.

Real Field Technician Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Field Technical Engineer Trilogy Marketing, Inc. Southfield, MI Aug 25, 2014 $130,000 -
$140,000
Technical Field Engineer Gamesa Wind Us LLC Bryson, TX Apr 01, 2012 $90,100
Technical Field Engineer Gamesa Wind Us LLC Trevose, PA Oct 01, 2013 $90,001
Technical Field Engineer Gamesa Wind Us LLC Mojave, CA Sep 05, 2011 $90,001
Technical Field Engineer Gamesa Wind Us LLC Langhorne, PA Oct 01, 2010 $87,380
Field Technician Engineer Kineticom, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 08, 2012 $76,440
Field Technical Engineer Magneco/Metrel, Inc. Addison, IL Oct 01, 2013 $66,227 -
$85,000
Field Technical Engineer Magneco/Metrel, Inc. Addison, IL Oct 01, 2010 $66,227
Field Technology Engineer Cloud9 Analytics, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jul 19, 2010 $64,272 -
$72,000

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Top Skills for A Field Technician Engineer

  1. Computer Hardware
  2. Customer Service
  3. Technical Support
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  • Help Desk Experience) Checking on computer hardware and custom hardware upon user request.
  • Provided customer service support, problem analysis and problem-solving techniques, while communicating and coordinating with internal departments on service issues.
  • Provided configuration management, technical support, and training of Information Technology system hardware and software.
  • Installed print servers for network printers.
  • Organized automatic syncing that propagated the latest iteration of the file among technicians' laptops and created incremental backups.

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