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Working As An Office Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $118,070

    Average Salary

What Does An Office Engineer Do

Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment, such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, or power generation equipment. Electrical engineers also design the electrical systems of automobiles and aircraft.

Electronics engineers design and develop electronic equipment, such as broadcast and communications systems, from portable music players to global positioning systems (GPSs). Many also work in areas closely related to computer hardware.

Duties

Electrical engineers typically do the following:

  • Design new ways to use electrical power to develop or improve products
  • Perform detailed calculations to develop manufacturing, construction, and installation standards and specifications
  • Direct the manufacture, installation, and testing of electrical equipment to ensure that products meet specifications and codes
  • Investigate complaints from customers or the public, evaluate problems, and recommend solutions
  • Work with project managers on production efforts to ensure that projects are completed satisfactorily, on time, and within budget

Electronics engineers typically do the following:

  • Design electronic components, software, products, or systems for commercial, industrial, medical, military, or scientific applications
  • Analyze customer needs and determine the requirements, capacity, and cost for developing an electrical system plan
  • Develop maintenance and testing procedures for electronic components and equipment
  • Evaluate systems and recommend design modifications or equipment repair
  • Inspect electronic equipment, instruments, and systems to make sure that they meet safety standards and applicable regulations
  • Plan and develop applications and modifications for electronic properties used in parts and systems in order to improve technical performance

Electronics engineers who work for the federal government research, develop, and evaluate electronic devices used in a variety of areas, such as aviation, computing, transportation, and manufacturing. They work on federal electronic devices and systems, including satellites, flight systems, radar and sonar systems, and communications systems.

The work of electrical engineers and electronics engineers is often similar. Both use engineering and design software and equipment to do engineering tasks. Both types of engineers also must work with other engineers to discuss existing products and possibilities for engineering projects.

Engineers whose work is related exclusively to computer hardware are considered computer hardware engineers.

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How To Become An Office Engineer

Electrical and electronics engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value practical experience, so participation in cooperative engineering programs, in which students earn academic credit for structured work experience. Having a Professional Engineer (PE) license may improve an engineer’s chances of finding employment.

Education

High school students interested in studying electrical or electronics engineering benefit from taking courses in physics and mathematics, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Courses in drafting are also helpful, because electrical and electronics engineers often are required to prepare technical drawings.

In order to enter the occupation, prospective electrical and electronics engineers need a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology. Programs include classroom, laboratory, and field studies. Courses include digital systems design, differential equations, and electrical circuit theory. Programs in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology should be accredited by ABET.

Some colleges and universities offer cooperative programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education. Cooperative programs combine classroom study with practical work. Internships provide similar experience and are growing in number.

At some universities, students can enroll in a 5-year program that leads to both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as an instructor at some universities, or in research and development.

Important Qualities

Concentration. Electrical and electronics engineers design and develop complex electrical systems and electronic components and products. They must be able to keep track of multiple design elements and technical characteristics when performing these tasks.

Initiative. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to apply their knowledge to new tasks in every project they undertake. In addition, they must engage in continuing education to keep up with changes in technology.

Interpersonal skills. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to work with others during the manufacturing process to ensure that their plans are implemented correctly. This collaboration includes monitoring technicians and devising remedies to problems as they arise.

Math skills. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to use the principles of calculus and other advanced math in order to analyze, design, and troubleshoot equipment.

Speaking skills. Electrical and electronics engineers work closely with other engineers and technicians. They must be able to explain their designs and reasoning clearly and to relay instructions during product development and production. They also may need to explain complex issues to customers who have little or no technical expertise.

Writing skills. Electrical and electronics engineers develop technical publications related to equipment they develop, including maintenance manuals, operation manuals, parts lists, product proposals, and design methods documents.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as electrical and electronics engineers. 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
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam can be taken right after graduation from a college or university. Engineers who pass this exam commonly are called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After getting work experience, EITs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education courses to keep their license. Most states recognize licensure from other states if the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements.

Advancement

Electrical and electronic engineers may advance to supervisory positions in which they lead a team of engineers and technicians. Some may move to management positions, working as engineering or program managers. Preparation for managerial positions usually requires working under the guidance of a more experienced engineer. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

For sales work, an engineering background enables engineers to discuss a product's technical aspects and assist in product planning and use. For more information, see the profile on sales engineers.

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Office Engineer Career Paths

Office Engineer
Engineer Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Resident Engineer Senior Project Manager Business Developer
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Analyst Quality Engineer Quality Control Manager
Controls Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Estimator Estimator Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Operations Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Site Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Project Manager Project Manager Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Senior Project Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Site Engineer Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Resident Engineer Construction Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Estimator Operations Manager General Manager
Regional Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Analyst Purchasing Manager Site Manager
Site/Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Program Director General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Vice President, Technology
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Office Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

71.2%

Female

26.2%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

69.5%

Hispanic or Latino

12.7%

Asian

9.5%

Unknown

6.8%

Black or African American

1.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.8%

French

11.9%

Arabic

11.9%

German

6.0%

Carrier

4.5%

Hebrew

3.0%

Korean

3.0%

Russian

3.0%

Indonesian

1.5%

Dutch

1.5%

Chinese

1.5%

Cantonese

1.5%

Malay

1.5%

Hmong

1.5%

Mandarin

1.5%

Italian

1.5%

Uzbek

1.5%

Thai

1.5%
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Office Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.3%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

7.5%

Northeastern University

6.5%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

5.6%

University of Texas at Austin

5.6%

University of Florida

5.6%

University of Alabama

4.7%

New York University

4.7%

George Washington University

4.7%

Texas Tech University

4.7%

Texas A&M University

4.7%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

4.7%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.7%

Florida International University

3.7%

Saint Louis University-

3.7%

University of Maryland - University College

3.7%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.7%

University of Southern Mississippi

3.7%

West Virginia University

3.7%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.7%
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Majors

Civil Engineering

29.6%

Construction Management

14.2%

Business

13.4%

Mechanical Engineering

6.9%

Electrical Engineering

6.6%

Project Management

3.3%

Computer Science

3.0%

Management

2.8%

Engineering

2.3%

Construction Engineering Technologies

2.0%

Property Management

2.0%

Architecture

1.8%

Computer Information Systems

1.8%

Civil Engineering Technologies

1.7%

Accounting

1.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.5%

Communication

1.5%

General Studies

1.3%

Education

1.3%

Construction Engineering

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

52.7%

Masters

17.6%

Other

15.8%

Associate

8.4%

Certificate

3.1%

Doctorate

1.6%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.2%
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Real Office Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Office Engineer Frontier-Kemper Constructors, Inc. Pelham, NY Apr 01, 2014 $120,120
Soft. DEV. ENG. In Test-Office Server and Services Test or Other Microsoft Corporation Mountain View, CA Nov 20, 2014 $116,000 -
$136,000
Soft. DEV. Engr. In Test-Office Server and Services Test or Other Microsoft Corporation Mountain View, CA Dec 02, 2014 $116,000 -
$136,000
Back Office Engineer Stamford Health System, Inc. (Stamford Hospital) Stamford, CT Apr 23, 2015 $110,000
International Field Office Engineer Henkels & McCoy, Inc. Norman, OK Aug 31, 2014 $96,660
Office Engineer Traylor Bros, Inc. Washington, DC Mar 30, 2011 $95,000
Office Engineer Collective Management Services Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jul 28, 2011 $93,650
Office Engineer Collective Management Services, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 01, 2012 $93,650
Office Engineer Collective Management Services Inc. Los Angeles, CA Nov 15, 2011 $93,650
Office Engineer Collective Management Services, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Feb 16, 2013 $93,600
Office Engineer III M.C.Dean, Inc. Euless, TX Jul 27, 2016 $89,190
International Field Office Engineer Henkels & McCoy, Inc. Norman, OK Aug 31, 2013 $88,470
Field Office Engineer/Estimator Henkels & McCoy, Inc. Norman, OK Sep 01, 2010 $88,462
Office Engineer PGH Wong Engineering, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 20, 2016 $77,000
Office Engineer EPC Consultants, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 01, 2014 $75,591
Field Office Engineer Aecom USA, Inc. Lake Forest, CA Jun 22, 2010 $75,587
Field Office Engineer Aecom USA, Inc. Lake Forest, CA Jun 02, 2010 $75,587
Office Engineer Obayashi Corporation Burlingame, CA Sep 10, 2014 $75,338
Office Engineer Clark Construction Group-California, LP Oakland, CA Sep 21, 2010 $75,246
Office Engineer Ammann & Whitney, Inc. North Haven, CT Sep 10, 2012 $74,880
Field/Office Engineer Tutor-Saliba Corporation Lakehead, CA Oct 01, 2011 $65,000
Office Engineer Railpros, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 30, 2012 $65,000
Field/Office Engineer Tutor-Perini Corporation Lakehead, CA Oct 01, 2011 $65,000
Office Engineer HAKS Engineers Architects & Land Surveyors P.C New York, NY Sep 30, 2012 $65,000
Field/Office Engineer Tutor-Perini Corporation DBA Tutor-Saliba Corporat Lakehead, CA Oct 01, 2011 $65,000
Office Engineer HAKS Engineers, Architects and Land Surveyors, P.C New York, NY Jun 30, 2014 $65,000
Office Engineer HAKS New York, NY Apr 23, 2015 $65,000

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Top Skills for An Office Engineer

ContractDrawingsSubmittalsRFISafetyShopDrawingsQuantityProceduresAs-BuiltDrawingsCADProjectManagementConstructionManagementScopeMeetingMinutesFacilityDocumentControlInspectionReportsConstructionProjectsContractDocumentsSewerProjectSchedule

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Top Office Engineer Skills

  1. Contract Drawings
  2. Submittals
  3. RFI
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Study contract drawings, specifications and shop drawings to insure proper coordination of built-in-items.
  • Reviewed and maintained submittals and submitted requests for information to architect and engineers.
  • Supported Construction Administration tasks including RFI and change orders.
  • Created monthly status reports showing job progress, safety, personnel on site, possible obstacles, etc.
  • Simplified engineering drawing design for the production line to shop drawings.

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