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Working As A Lead 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

  • $91,260

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead 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 Lead 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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Lead Field Engineer Career Paths

Lead Field Engineer
Field Manager Operations Manager General Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Implementation Manager Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Chief Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Senior Project Manager Program Director
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Directional Driller Drilling Consultant Drilling Supervisor
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Directional Driller Drilling Supervisor Operations Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Manager Account Manager Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Owner
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Field Manager Construction Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Branch Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Owner Maintenance Technician Operations Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Engineering Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Implementation Manager Senior Project Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Principal Engineer 4.7 years
Staff Engineer 4.3 years
Senior Engineer 4.3 years
Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Service Engineer 3.4 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Field Engineer 3.1 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 3.6%
Internship 3.4%
Consultant 3.0%
Installer 2.6%
Top Employers After
Engineer 3.6%
Technician 2.9%
Supervisor 2.5%
Consultant 2.5%
Manager 2.5%

Lead Field Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

86.9%

Female

11.5%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

80.3%

Hispanic or Latino

10.1%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

2.2%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.5%

Carrier

12.5%

French

9.4%

Portuguese

6.3%

German

6.3%

Dakota

6.3%

Russian

3.1%

Kurdish

3.1%

Turkish

3.1%

Occidental

3.1%

Greek

3.1%

Arabic

3.1%

Italian

3.1%
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Lead Field Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.5%

West Virginia University

7.1%

University of Texas at Austin

7.1%

Texas A&M University

6.0%

University of Alabama

4.8%

Montana State University - Bozeman

4.8%

University of Maine

4.8%

A-Technical College

4.8%

Capella University

4.8%

Clemson University

4.8%

Missouri University of Science and Technology

3.6%

Prairie View A & M University

3.6%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.6%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.6%

George Washington University

3.6%

Michigan State University

3.6%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.6%

University of Pennsylvania

3.6%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.6%

University of Northern Iowa

3.6%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

17.3%

Business

16.2%

Mechanical Engineering

8.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.9%

Computer Science

5.5%

Civil Engineering

5.2%

Construction Management

4.9%

Project Management

4.4%

Management

3.8%

Engineering

3.3%

Computer Information Systems

3.3%

Drafting And Design

2.7%

Information Technology

2.7%

Aviation

2.2%

Environmental Science

2.2%

Communication

2.2%

Criminal Justice

2.2%

Chemical Engineering

2.2%

Biology

1.9%

Political Science

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.0%

Other

23.8%

Masters

16.0%

Associate

13.1%

Certificate

5.2%

Diploma

0.8%

Doctorate

0.8%

License

0.3%
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Real Lead Field Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Group Leader, Field Service Engineering Osisoft, LLC San Leandro, CA Feb 28, 2016 $112,785 -
$133,501
Lead Piping Field Engineer Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Inc. Gregory, TX Jun 20, 2016 $111,768
Lead Civil Field Engineer Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Inc. Cameron, LA Dec 30, 2013 $104,700 -
$144,000
Lead Field Engineer Air Motions Systems, Inc. Littleton, CO Sep 24, 2014 $104,000 -
$119,000
Lead Field Engineer Air Motion Systems, Inc. Littleton, CO Sep 24, 2011 $93,000 -
$110,000
Lead Machinery Diagnostics Field Engineer General Electric Company-Infrastructure Sugar Land, TX Sep 17, 2010 $90,000
Lead Field Engineer Baker Concrete Construction, Inc. Houston, TX Jun 24, 2015 $87,568
Lead Field Engineer Tmeic International Corporation Roanoke, VA May 06, 2013 $81,795
Lead Field Engineer GE Energy Power Conversion USA Inc. Panama City, FL Jan 15, 2015 $81,078

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Top Skills for A Lead Field Engineer

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Top Lead Field Engineer Skills

  1. Safety
  2. Customer Service
  3. Routers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Orchestrated and scheduled safety and quality training for 40+ engineers
  • Facilitated regional courses in customer service and laptop support.
  • Installed and initially configured all switches, routers and wireless access points.
  • Maintain Electronics, Fiber Optics, Hydraulics, and Sub systems.
  • Achieved successful completion of assigned work responsibilities on time, within budget, schedules, and contract requirements.

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