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Working As A Sales Engineer, Account Manager

  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Selling or Influencing Others
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $97,650

    Average Salary

What Does A Sales Engineer, Account Manager Do

Sales engineers sell complex scientific and technological products or services to businesses. They must have extensive knowledge of the products’ parts and functions and must understand the scientific processes that make these products work.

Duties

Sales engineers typically do the following:

  • Prepare and deliver technical presentations explaining products or services to existing and prospective customers
  • Confer with customers and engineers to assess equipment needs and to determine system requirements
  • Collaborate with sales teams to understand customer requirements and provide sales support
  • Secure and renew orders and arrange delivery
  • Plan and modify products to meet customer needs
  • Help clients solve problems with installed equipment
  • Recommend improved materials or machinery to customers, showing how changes will lower costs or increase production
  • Help in researching and developing new products

Sales engineers specialize in technologically and scientifically advanced products. They use their technical skills to explain the benefits of their products or services to potential customers and to show how their products or services are better than their competitors'. Some sales engineers work for the companies that design and build technical products. Others work for independent sales firms.

Many of the duties of sales engineers are similar to those of other salespersons. They must interest the client in buying their products or services, negotiate a price, and complete the sale. To do this, sales engineers give technical presentations during which they explain the technical aspects of the product and how it will solve a specific customer problem.

Some sales engineers, however, team with salespersons who concentrate on marketing and selling the product, which lets the sales engineer concentrate on the technical aspects of the job. By working as part of a sales team, each member is able to focus on his or her strengths and expertise. For more information on other sales occupations, see the profile on wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives.

In addition to giving technical presentations, sales engineers are increasingly doing other tasks related to sales, such as market research. They also may ask for technical requirements from customers and modify and adjust products to meet customers’ specific needs. Some sales engineers work with research and development (R&D) departments to help identify and develop new products.

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How To Become A Sales Engineer, Account Manager

A bachelor’s degree is typically required to become a sales engineer. Successful sales engineers combine technical knowledge of the products or services they are selling with strong interpersonal skills.

Education

Sales engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related field. However, a worker without a degree, but with previous sales experience as well as technical experience or training, sometimes holds the title of sales engineer. Workers who have a degree in a science, such as chemistry, or in business with little or no previous sales experience, also may be called sales engineers.

University engineering programs generally require 4 years of study. They vary in content, but all programs include courses in math and the physical sciences. In addition, most programs require developing strong computer skills.

Most engineering programs require students to choose an area of specialization. The most common majors are electrical, mechanical, or civil engineering, but some engineering departments offer additional majors, such as chemical, biomedical, or computer hardware engineering. However, some undergraduate programs offer a general engineering curriculum; students then specialize in a particular area either on the job or in graduate school.

Training

New graduates with engineering degrees typically need sales experience and training before they can work independently as sales engineers. Training covers general sales techniques and may involve teaming with a sales mentor who is familiar with the employer's business practices, customers, procedures, and company culture. After the training period, sales engineers may continue to partner with someone who lacks technical skills yet excels in the art of sales.

It is important for sales engineers to continue their engineering and sales education throughout their careers. Much of their value to their employers depends on their knowledge of, and ability to sell, the latest technologies. Sales engineers in high-technology fields, such as information technology and advanced electronics, may find that their technical knowledge rapidly becomes obsolete, requiring frequent retraining.

Advancement

Promotions may include a higher commission rate, a larger sales territory, or elevation to the position of supervisor or sales manager.

Important Qualities

Interpersonal skills. Strong interpersonal skills are a valuable characteristic for sales engineers, both for building relationships with clients and effectively communicating with other members of the sales team.

Problem-solving skills. Sales engineers must be able to listen to the customer’s desires and concerns, and then recommend solutions, possibly including customizing a product.

Self-confidence. Sales engineers should be confident and persuasive when making sales presentations. 

Technological skills. Sales engineers must have extensive knowledge of the technologically sophisticated products they sell in order to explain their advantages and answer questions.

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Average Length of Employment
OEM Sales Manager 3.7 years
Sales Manager 3.6 years
Marketing Engineer 3.2 years
Account Manager 2.9 years
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Sales Engineer, Account Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

87.4%

Female

10.5%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

79.6%

Asian

9.4%

Hispanic or Latino

8.3%

Unknown

1.9%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

French

40.0%

Spanish

40.0%

German

20.0%

Sales Engineer, Account Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.0%

Michigan State University

8.0%

San Jose State University

6.0%

Youngstown State University

6.0%

Illinois Institute of Technology

6.0%

University of Oregon

6.0%

Auburn University

6.0%

Michigan Technological University

4.0%

United States Military Academy

4.0%

Western Michigan University

4.0%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

4.0%

Saint Edward's University

4.0%

University of Michigan - Dearborn

4.0%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.0%

Ohio State University

4.0%

Santa Clara University

4.0%

Central Michigan University

4.0%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.0%

University of Toledo

4.0%

University of Arizona

4.0%
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Majors

Business

28.7%

Electrical Engineering

13.4%

Mechanical Engineering

8.3%

Computer Science

6.4%

Marketing

5.1%

Engineering

4.5%

Management

3.8%

Industrial Engineering

3.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.2%

Chemical Engineering

3.2%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.5%

Drafting And Design

1.9%

Project Management

1.9%

Computer Information Systems

1.9%

Psychology

1.9%

Finance

1.9%

Industrial Technology

1.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.9%

General Sales

1.9%

Chemistry

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

55.8%

Other

19.5%

Masters

15.3%

Associate

6.5%

Certificate

1.9%

Diploma

0.9%
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Real Sales Engineer, Account Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Account Manager/Sales Engineer Rs Software (India) Ltd. Atlanta, GA Aug 29, 2016 $115,000
Account Manager/Sales Engineer Rs Software (India) Ltd. Troy, MI Aug 29, 2016 $115,000
Technical Sales Engineer-Account Manager Norman Noble, Inc. Highland Heights, OH Oct 01, 2011 $100,000
Sales and Application Engineer/Account Manager Mahle Industries Incorporated Farmington Hills, MI May 05, 2016 $97,781 -
$100,000
Account Manager/Sales Engineer Thomson Reuters Markets LLC Houston, TX Jun 23, 2016 $90,000
Sales Engineering Account Manager Ebara Technologies Inc. Sacramento, CA Mar 08, 2016 $74,460
Sales and Application Engineer/Account Manager Mahle Industries, Inc. Troy, MI Sep 15, 2014 $70,000 -
$100,000

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Top Skills for A Sales Engineer, Account Manager

NewProductDevelopmentTerritoryOEMKeyAccountsBusinessDevelopmentAccountManagementCustomerBaseProjectManagementNewCustomersAnnualSalesNewAccountsDistributorProductTrainingCRMAccountBaseSalesSupportSalesPresentationsSalesGrowthCustomerSatisfactionTechnicalSupportNewSales

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Top Sales Engineer, Account Manager Skills

  1. New Product Development
  2. Territory
  3. OEM
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked hand in hand with Mechanical and Electrical engineers on new product development projects to satisfy customer specific requirements.
  • Awarded responsibility of additional major customers and territory.
  • Returned to Northeast Ohio as Field Sales Representative to Distributors, OEMs and End Users.
  • Key account management throughout US.
  • Supported all technical aspects of new software and services sales campaigns and grew product footprint in existing customer base.

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