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Working As A Senior Field Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $105,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Field 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 A Senior Field 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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Senior Field Engineer Career Paths

Senior Field Engineer
Project Manager
Manager, Project Management
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner/Manager Service Manager
Regional Service Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer Senior Project Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Principal Superintendent
Project And Field Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Test Engineer
Test Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior System Administrator
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior System Administrator Systems Manager
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Technician Specialist Senior Business Analyst
Implementation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Network Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Manager Construction Manager Design Manager
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Service Manager Regional Service Manager
Area Service Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Lead Engineer Project Lead Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Senior Project Engineer Senior Applications Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Unit Manager Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Field Engineer 3.1 years
Top Careers Before Senior Field Engineer
Technician 4.7%
Engineer 3.5%
Supervisor 2.5%
Manager 2.5%
Top Careers After Senior Field Engineer
Engineer 4.3%
Consultant 3.9%
Owner 3.2%
Technician 2.9%
Manager 2.8%

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Senior Field Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

88.0%

Unknown

6.9%

Female

5.1%
Ethnicity

White

60.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Black or African American

12.4%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.0%

Carrier

15.0%

German

10.0%

French

9.0%

Arabic

7.0%

Portuguese

5.0%

Russian

4.0%

Mandarin

3.0%

Dakota

3.0%

Ukrainian

2.0%

Italian

2.0%

Turkish

1.0%

Cheyenne

1.0%

Khmer

1.0%

Hawaiian

1.0%

Bosnian

1.0%

Norwegian

1.0%

Dari

1.0%

Thai

1.0%

Albanian

1.0%
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Senior Field Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.2%

Community College of the Air Force

9.2%

Texas A&M University

8.4%

Strayer University

5.1%

Texas Tech University

4.9%

University of Houston

4.9%

National University

4.6%

University of Maryland - University College

4.6%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

4.6%

Pennsylvania State University

4.1%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

3.3%

American InterContinental University

3.3%

Excelsior College

3.3%

More Tech Institute

3.3%

Colorado Technical University

3.3%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.0%

University of Oklahoma

3.0%

Arizona State University

2.7%

University of Texas at San Antonio

2.7%

University of Texas at Austin

2.7%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

23.2%

Business

13.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

9.2%

Computer Science

7.7%

Mechanical Engineering

6.0%

Information Technology

4.8%

Computer Information Systems

4.1%

Management

3.5%

Civil Engineering

3.5%

Engineering

3.4%

Computer Technical Support

3.0%

Computer Networking

2.9%

Chemical Engineering

2.9%

Project Management

2.8%

Petroleum Engineering

2.0%

Computer Engineering

1.9%

Education

1.6%

Communication

1.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.4%

General Studies

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.6%

Other

26.4%

Associate

16.8%

Masters

12.3%

Certificate

4.8%

Diploma

2.0%

Doctorate

0.7%

License

0.3%
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Average Yearly Salary
$105,000
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$74,000
Min 10%
$105,000
Median 50%
$105,000
Median 50%
$105,000
Median 50%
$105,000
Median 50%
$105,000
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Median 50%
$148,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
Boston, MA
Highest Paying State
Massachusetts
Avg Experience Level
5.4 years
How much does a Senior Field Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Field Engineer in the United States is $105,405 per year or $51 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $74,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $148,000.

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 Pennington, NJ Dec 26, 2014 $152,354 -
$172,354
Senior Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation New York, NY 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 Jul 22, 2016 $147,891
Senior Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation Iselin, NJ Jan 05, 2016 $147,891
Senior Premier Field Engineer Platforms Microsoft Corporation Fremont, CA Sep 21, 2016 $147,500
Senior Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation Edison, NJ Dec 15, 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 Redmond, WA Jul 29, 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 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
Senior Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation Irving, TX Sep 16, 2013 $120,000 -
$140,000
Senior Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Corporation San Antonio, TX Sep 23, 2013 $120,000 -
$145,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Field Engineer

  1. Technical Support
  2. Customer Service
  3. Network Printers
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  • Represented the company to the customer and assumed accountability for customer satisfaction with technical support and service performed.
  • Earned a reputation for superior customer service by effectively managing time and providing consultation and problem solving to meet printing deadlines.
  • Set up, configured and repaired network printers.
  • Experienced with computer hardware including personal computers, servers, and minicomputer clusters.
  • Designed and delivered communications/cab ling and fiber optics projects in support of data communications and information handling computer systems.

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