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Working As A Senior 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

  • $119,670

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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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Senior Field Engineer Career Paths

Senior Field Engineer
Senior Engineer Operations Manager Operations Project Manager
Deputy Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager Director Of Sales
Director Of Sales, Americas
13 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Operations Manager Information Technology Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Service Manager Maintenance Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Lead Technician Field Engineer
Field Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Service Manager Driver Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Services Manager Manufacturing Manager Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Engineer Project Engineering Manager
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Senior Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Production Supervisor General Foreman
Mechanical Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Lead Technician Service Manager
Regional Service Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager
Senior Construction Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Sales Consultant Solution Specialist
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Analyst Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Network Administrator Technical Support Engineer
Technical Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Specialist Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Principal Engineer 4.7 years
Lead Engineer 3.3 years
Service Engineer 3.3 years
Field Engineer 3.0 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 4.9%
Manager 3.1%
Engineer 2.5%
Supervisor 2.4%
Top Employers After
Engineer 4.5%
Consultant 4.2%
Technician 3.1%
Owner 2.8%
Manager 2.6%

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Senior Field Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

92.8%

Female

5.4%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

61.3%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

4.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

29.9%

Carrier

14.9%

German

10.3%

French

9.2%

Arabic

6.9%

Portuguese

4.6%

Mandarin

3.4%

Russian

3.4%

Dakota

3.4%

Ukrainian

2.3%

Turkish

1.1%

Cheyenne

1.1%

Khmer

1.1%

Hawaiian

1.1%

Bosnian

1.1%

Norwegian

1.1%

Thai

1.1%

Croatian

1.1%

Albanian

1.1%

Cantonese

1.1%
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Senior Field Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.0%

Community College of the Air Force

9.7%

Texas A&M University

5.9%

Strayer University

5.9%

University of Maryland - University College

4.6%

Pennsylvania State University

4.6%

American InterContinental University

4.6%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

4.6%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

4.2%

Texas Tech University

4.2%

University of Houston

4.2%

National University

3.8%

Excelsior College

3.4%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.4%

Villanova University

3.0%

George Washington University

3.0%

University of Utah

3.0%

University of Florida

3.0%

Louisiana Tech University

3.0%

Colorado Technical University

3.0%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

22.6%

Business

13.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

9.1%

Computer Science

8.6%

Mechanical Engineering

5.6%

Information Technology

5.2%

Computer Information Systems

4.5%

Management

3.9%

Computer Technical Support

3.5%

Chemical Engineering

3.3%

Computer Networking

3.0%

Project Management

2.9%

Engineering

2.8%

Civil Engineering

2.3%

Communication

1.8%

Education

1.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.7%

Computer Engineering

1.6%

Finance

1.4%

Industrial Technology

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.9%

Other

28.7%

Associate

16.6%

Masters

12.0%

Certificate

4.7%

Diploma

1.9%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.3%
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Real Senior Field Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Field Engineers Dennis Group Inc. Springfield, MA Jan 06, 2016 $159,744
Senior Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation Islandia, NY Sep 04, 2016 $153,692
Senior Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation New York, NY Dec 26, 2014 $152,354 -
$172,354
Senior Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation Pennington, NJ Dec 26, 2014 $152,354 -
$172,354
Senior Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation New York, NY Jul 23, 2015 $148,968
Senior Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation San Francisco, CA Jun 18, 2015 $147,937 -
$167,937
Senior Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation Dinuba, CA Jun 18, 2015 $147,937 -
$167,937
Senior Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation Iselin, NJ Jan 05, 2016 $147,891
Senior Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation Iselin, NJ Jul 22, 2016 $147,891
Senior Premier Field Engineer Platforms Microsoft Corporation Fremont, CA Sep 21, 2016 $147,500
Senior Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation New York, NY Jul 12, 2015 $146,357
Senior Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation Minneapolis, MN Jul 17, 2016 $139,626
Senior Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation Woodbridge, NJ Aug 27, 2014 $139,480
Senior Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation New York, NY Mar 09, 2016 $139,400
Senior Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation Issaquah, WA Jun 07, 2016 $139,168
Senior Premier Field Engineer BIZ Talk Microsoft Corporation Irvine, CA Oct 22, 2016 $137,608
Senior Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation Irving, TX Jan 31, 2016 $136,760
Senior Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation New York, NY Feb 20, 2015 $136,522 -
$156,522
Senior Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation Issaquah, WA Jun 17, 2015 $135,368
Senior Premier Field Engineer-Global Business Support or Other Microsoft Corporation Bentonville, AR Jan 15, 2016 $122,990 -
$142,990
Senior Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation Irvine, CA Jul 05, 2015 $122,600
Senior Field Engineer EMC Corporation New York, NY Sep 16, 2015 $120,428 -
$162,932
Senior Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation Irving, TX Sep 16, 2013 $120,000 -
$140,000
Senior Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation San Antonio, TX Feb 17, 2015 $120,000 -
$145,000
Senior Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation San Antonio, TX Jul 21, 2015 $120,000 -
$145,000
Senior Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation Austin, TX Sep 23, 2013 $120,000 -
$145,000

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  1. Computer
  2. Technical Support
  3. Customer Service
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  • Provided technical assistance to users by investigating and resolving computer software and hardware problems.
  • Provided in-house training to incoming Technical Support Specialists and incoming Clinical Research Specialists.
  • Earned a reputation for superior customer service by effectively managing time and providing consultation and problem solving to meet printing deadlines.
  • Perform field service calls on Servers, PCs, Laptops and Laser Printers throughout Maryland and Washington, DC.
  • Provide engineering solutions and technical expertise during rig operations to ensure job completion, crew safety, and customer satisfaction.

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