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Working As An Operation System Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $119,815

    Average Salary

What Does An Operation System Engineer Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become An Operation System Engineer

Most employers require network and computer systems administrators to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. Others may require only a postsecondary certificate.

Education

Although some employers require only a postsecondary certificate, most require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. There are degree programs that focus on computer network and system administration. However, because administrators work with computer hardware and equipment, a degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering usually is acceptable as well. Programs in these fields usually include classes in computer programming, networking, or systems design.

Because network technology is continually changing, administrators need to keep up with the latest developments. Many continue to take courses throughout their careers and attend information technology (IT) conferences to keep up with the latest technology. Some businesses require that an administrator get a master’s degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally offered directly from vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates knowledge and best practices required from network and computer systems administrators. Companies may require their network and computer systems administrators to be certified in the product they use. Microsoft and Cisco offer some of the most common certifications.

Other Experience

To gain practical experience, many network administrators participate in internship programs while in school.

Advancement

Network administrators can advance to become computer network architects. They can also advance to managerial jobs in information technology (IT) departments, such as computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Administrators need analytical skills to evaluate network and system performance and determine how changes in the environment will affect them.

Communication skills. Administrators must be able to describe problems and their solutions to non-IT workers.

Computer skills. Administrators oversee the connections of many different types of computer equipment and must ensure that they all work together properly.

Multitasking skills. Administrators may have to work on many problems and tasks at the same time.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators must be able to quickly resolve any problems that arise with computer networks.

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Average Length of Employment
Staff Engineer 4.3 years
Senior Engineer 4.3 years
Service Engineer 3.4 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
LAN Engineer 3.2 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Solutions Engineer 2.7 years
Desktop Engineer 2.6 years
Server Engineer 2.5 years
Exchange Engineer 1.9 years
Windows Engineer 1.8 years
NOC Engineer 1.7 years
Linux Engineer 1.6 years
Migration Engineer 1.1 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 3.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.2%
Professor 4.5%
Associate 2.8%

Operation System Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

84.2%

Female

13.5%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

75.0%

Asian

13.1%

Hispanic or Latino

8.0%

Unknown

3.1%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

26.3%

French

15.8%

Russian

15.8%

Portuguese

5.3%

Hindi

5.3%

German

5.3%

Igbo

5.3%

Yoruba

5.3%

Mandarin

5.3%

Cheyenne

5.3%

Italian

5.3%
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Operation System Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.5%

State University of New York Buffalo

7.0%

Texas A&M University

7.0%

University of Maryland - University College

5.3%

University of California - San Diego

5.3%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.3%

American University

5.3%

Pennsylvania State University

5.3%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

5.3%

California State University - Northridge

5.3%

Portland State University

5.3%

Stevens Institute of Technology

5.3%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.5%

San Jose State University

3.5%

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

3.5%

Missouri University of Science and Technology

3.5%

Nova Southeastern University

3.5%

Glendale Community College

3.5%

Northeastern Illinois University

3.5%

University of Central Oklahoma

3.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

15.2%

Business

14.1%

Electrical Engineering

9.2%

Mechanical Engineering

8.2%

Computer Information Systems

7.6%

Information Technology

7.6%

Project Management

4.9%

Systems Engineering

3.8%

Management Information Systems

3.8%

Industrial Engineering

3.8%

Aerospace Engineering

2.7%

Information Systems

2.7%

Management

2.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.2%

Mathematics

2.2%

Engineering

2.2%

Computer Networking

2.2%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.2%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Physical Sciences

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.4%

Masters

29.9%

Other

18.7%

Associate

6.6%

Certificate

3.3%

Doctorate

1.2%

License

0.4%

Diploma

0.4%
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Real Operation System Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Software Engineer-Operating Systems Engr GRP or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 21, 2016 $152,640 -
$172,640
Senior Software Engineer-Operating Systems Engr GRP or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA May 02, 2016 $151,200 -
$171,200
Senior Service Engineer-Operating Systems Engineer Group or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 22, 2016 $148,026 -
$168,026
Senior Software Engineer-Operating Systems Engr GRP or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Feb 02, 2016 $145,000 -
$165,000
Senior Software Engineer-Operating Systems Engr GRP or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Dec 01, 2016 $142,385 -
$162,385
Senior Software Engineer-Operating Systems Engr GRP or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 02, 2016 $141,383 -
$161,383
Senior Software Engineer-Operating Systems Engineer Group or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 20, 2016 $139,823 -
$159,823
Senior Software Engineer-Operating Systems Engineer Group or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 20, 2016 $139,545 -
$159,545
Software Engineer II-Operating Systems Engineer Group or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 20, 2016 $137,280 -
$157,280
Engineer, Grid Operations Systems Linkedin Corporation Mountain View, CA Oct 20, 2015 $135,000 -
$160,000
Software Engineer II-Operating Systems Engineer Group or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Feb 22, 2016 $133,000 -
$153,000
Program Manager 2-Operating Systems Engr GRP or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Nov 01, 2016 $131,430 -
$151,430
Program Manager II-Operating Systems Engr GRP or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 15, 2016 $130,434 -
$150,434
IT Operations Center Systems Engineer Salesforce.Com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 08, 2015 $130,000
Software Engineer II-Operating Systems Engineer Group or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 22, 2015 $120,704 -
$140,704
Software Engineer II-Operating Systems Engineer Group or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 15, 2016 $120,704 -
$140,704
Software Engineer 2-Operating Systems Engr GRP or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 26, 2016 $119,400 -
$139,400
Software Engineer 2-Operating Systems Engr Group or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 03, 2016 $119,306 -
$139,306
Software Engineer 2-Operating Systems ENG GRP or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 20, 2016 $119,074 -
$139,074
Software Engineer 2-Operating Systems Engr GRP or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 20, 2016 $118,862 -
$138,862
Software Engineer II-Operating Systems Engineer Group or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 21, 2016 $118,700 -
$138,700
Program Manager II-Operating Systems Engr GRP or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Dec 01, 2016 $118,596 -
$138,596
Software Engineer-Operating Systems Engr GRP or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 02, 2016 $112,212 -
$132,212
Software Engineer-Operating Systems Engr GRP or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Feb 02, 2016 $111,900 -
$131,900
Software Engineer-Operating Systems Engineer Group or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Mar 18, 2016 $111,900 -
$131,900
Software Engineer-Operating Systems Engr GRP or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 28, 2016 $111,900 -
$131,900
Software Engineer-Operating Systems Engr GRP or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 26, 2016 $111,700 -
$131,700
Software Engineer-Operating Systems Engr GRP or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 20, 2016 $111,348 -
$131,348
Software Engineer-Operating Systems Engineer Group or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 26, 2016 $111,240 -
$131,240
Software Engineer-Operating Systems Engineer Group or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Mar 02, 2016 $110,800 -
$130,800

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Top Skills for An Operation System Engineer

CustomerServiceHardwareWindowsXPInfrastructureTestProceduresLinuxDataCentersWebStorageBackupSQLVmwareUnixSolarisActiveDirectoryArchitectureSANSetupDisasterRecoveryOS

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Top Operation System Engineer Skills

  1. Customer Service
  2. Hardware
  3. Windows XP
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed relationships with internal and external clients/contacts with focus on customer service.
  • Assisted IT staff and vendors in testing, operational support, troubleshooting, and resolution of system hardware and software problems.
  • Migrated Windows XP to Windows 7 and Office 2003 & 2007 to Office 2010.
  • Organized and secured new contracts and pricing for all current vendors for materials and infrastructure at each facility.
  • Facilitated meetings with engineering personnel regarding details and implications of test procedures.

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