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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

  • $98,363

    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
Directional Driller Site Supervisor Construction Manager
Capital Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Project Manager Construction Manager
Commissioning Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Field Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Service Manager Operations Manager Information Technology Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Assistant Project Manager Construction Inspector Field Engineer
Field Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Operations Manager Senior Manager
Global Director
14 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Analyst Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Technical Project Manager Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Project Manager Project Engineering Manager
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Quality Control Manager Service Manager
Regional Service Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager
Senior Construction Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Sales Consultant Solution Specialist
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Sales Engineer
Technical Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Manager Delivery Driver Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Principal Engineer 4.7 years
Senior Engineer 4.2 years
Service Engineer 3.3 years
Telecom Engineer 3.1 years
Field Engineer 3.0 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 3.4%
Consultant 3.0%
Engineer 2.8%
Top Employers After
Engineer 4.7%
Consultant 3.0%

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Lead Field Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

91.8%

Female

6.2%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

59.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.5%

Black or African American

12.7%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.8%

Carrier

15.8%

French

7.9%

Portuguese

5.3%

German

5.3%

Russian

5.3%

Dakota

5.3%

Kurdish

2.6%

Greek

2.6%

Turkish

2.6%

Occidental

2.6%

Persian

2.6%

Arabic

2.6%

Italian

2.6%
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Lead Field Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.5%

Texas A&M University

7.2%

Community College of the Air Force

6.2%

West Virginia University

6.2%

University of Alabama

5.2%

University of Texas at Austin

5.2%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.2%

Auburn University

4.1%

Pennsylvania State University

4.1%

A-Technical College

4.1%

Strayer University

4.1%

Kaplan University

4.1%

Alabama A & M University

4.1%

Capella University

4.1%

Clemson University

4.1%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

3.1%

Missouri University of Science and Technology

3.1%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.1%

George Washington University

3.1%

Michigan State University

3.1%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

19.1%

Business

11.9%

Mechanical Engineering

8.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.5%

Computer Science

5.8%

Civil Engineering

5.6%

Computer Information Systems

4.7%

Information Technology

4.4%

Construction Management

4.4%

Project Management

4.2%

Management

3.7%

Engineering

3.7%

Drafting And Design

2.6%

Aviation

2.6%

Computer Networking

2.6%

Criminal Justice

2.3%

Petroleum Engineering

2.1%

Communication

2.1%

Chemical Engineering

1.9%

Finance

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.1%

Other

25.4%

Masters

14.7%

Associate

14.2%

Certificate

5.7%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

0.5%

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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  1. Safety
  2. Technical Support
  3. Installations
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  • Demonstrate a personal commitment to safety, provides leadership and takes personal accountability for site safety, environmental and health program.
  • Performed routine diagnostic measures without extensive outside technical support based on engineering drawings and manufacturer s instructions.
  • Provided worldwide logistics, site surveys and preparation, system installations, and commissioning/acceptance testing.
  • Facilitated regional courses in customer service and laptop support.
  • Validated new fiber optic cables and new installations using certification test equipment and technical manuals.

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  4. Texas
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