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Working As A Senior Field Service 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

  • $94,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Field Service 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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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 Service Engineer Career Paths

Senior Field Service Engineer
Service Manager Project Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Service Manager Maintenance Manager Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Service Manager Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Development Manager Engineering Manager
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Owner Project Superintendent Construction Manager
Commissioning Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Owner Project Superintendent Quality Control Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior Applications Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Owner Project Superintendent Project Engineering Manager
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Development Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer Senior Technical Consultant
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Senior Engineer Senior Network Engineer Senior Sales Engineer
Technical Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Field Service Technician Senior Field Engineer Senior Engineering Technician
Engineering Laboratory Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Senior Engineer Senior System Administrator Lead Systems Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Lead Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Maintenance Technician Senior Engineering Technician Senior Design Engineer
Senior Engineering Team Leader
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Applications Engineer Senior Process Engineer Research And Development Senior Engineer
Research And Development Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Principal Engineer 4.9 years
Senior Engineer 4.3 years
Service Engineer 3.5 years
Engineer 3.3 years
Field Engineer 3.1 years
Top Careers Before Senior Field Service Engineer
Technician 3.1%
Engineer 2.5%
Owner 1.6%
Top Careers After Senior Field Service Engineer
Owner 4.4%
Technician 3.4%
Consultant 3.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$94,000
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$68,000
Min 10%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$130,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Leidos
Highest Paying City
Sunnyvale, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
7.4 years
How much does a Senior Field Service Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Field Service Engineer in the United States is $94,487 per year or $45 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $68,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $130,000.

Real Senior Field Service Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Field Service & Commissioning Engineer Converteam, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Aug 09, 2011 $198,265
Senior Field Service Engineer Magnaserv Enterprises, Inc. FL Sep 01, 2010 $125,000
SR. Field Service Engineer Harmonic, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 18, 2013 $124,030 -
$135,000
Senior Field Services Engineer Entisys Solutions, Inc. Concord, CA Sep 29, 2014 $121,000
Senior Field Service Engineer Veeco Process Equipment Inc. Fremont, CA Jan 10, 2016 $112,674
Senior Field Service Engineer SS8 Networks, Inc. Milpitas, CA Apr 18, 2013 $111,842
Senior Field Service Engineer Fairfield Industries Incorporated Sugar Land, TX Sep 02, 2013 $111,240 -
$115,200
Senior Field Service Engineer Spirent Communications, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 06, 2015 $110,500 -
$115,500
Senior Field Service Engineer Spirent Communications, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 10, 2015 $110,500 -
$115,500
Senior Field Services Engineer Entisys Solutions, Inc. Concord, CA Oct 01, 2010 $110,000
Senior Field Services Engineer Entisys Solutions, Inc. Concord, CA Oct 01, 2011 $110,000
Senior Field Services Engineer Entisys Solutions, Inc. Concord, CA Sep 30, 2013 $110,000 -
$150,000
Senior Field Services Engineer Entisys Solutions, Inc. Concord, CA Oct 01, 2011 $90,000
Senior Field Service Engineer FEI Company San Diego, CA Feb 19, 2011 $90,000
Senior Field Service Engineer FEI Company Los Angeles, CA Feb 19, 2011 $90,000
Senior Field Service Engineer Wood Group Light Industrial Turbines (USA), Inc. Houston, TX Aug 12, 2013 $88,460
Senior Field Service Engineer (Legacy Specialist) Veeco Instruments, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 01, 2012 $88,000 -
$98,000
SR. Field Service Engineer/Rep. Siemens Industry, Inc. Greer, SC Jun 06, 2014 $86,296
Senior Field Service Engineer Tetra Pak Inc. Dallas, TX Jan 01, 2016 $85,663
SR. Field Service Engineer FEI Company Wappingers Falls, NY Aug 09, 2010 $85,000
Senior Field Service Engineer Tetra Pak Inc. Saint Paul, MN Mar 18, 2013 $78,936
Senior Field Service Engineer Lam Research Corporation Hillsboro, OR Sep 22, 2013 $78,740
Senior Field Service Engineer/Representative Siemens Industry, Inc. Greer, SC Jun 01, 2012 $78,218
Field Service Engineer Senior Lam Research Corporation Clifton Park, NY Sep 01, 2011 $78,000
Senior Field Service Engineer Sidel, Inc. Norcross, GA Nov 10, 2009 $78,000
Senior Field Service Engineer Ab Sciex LLC Riverview, FL Aug 25, 2016 $76,544 -
$110,000
SR. Field Service Engineer/Rep Siemens Industry, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Aug 30, 2011 $76,221
Senior Field Service Engineer/Representative Siemens Industry, Inc. Greer, SC Nov 18, 2011 $76,125

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Top Skills for A Senior Field Service Engineer

  1. Technical Support
  2. Customer Service
  3. Preventative Maintenance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinated and provided local and corporate technical support personnel and resources for customer chemistry, hardware and methodology inquiries.
  • Provided excellent customer service - responded to customer priorities, rearranged schedules, coordinated coverage to accommodate customer needs.
  • Perform installations, repairs, Completing Preventative Maintenance and Field Modifications and engineering changes to improve overall quality.
  • Installed and maintained clinical chemistry and nuclear analyzers and therapeutic drug monitoring systems at customer sites.
  • Repair and maintenance of electrostatic plotters and laser printers at customer sites.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Field Service Engineers

  1. Alaska
  2. District of Columbia
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Delaware
  6. New Mexico
  7. Texas
  8. Maryland
  9. Connecticut
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Senior Field Service Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

91.0%

Unknown

5.5%

Female

3.5%
Ethnicity

White

61.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.5%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

7.8%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.4%

French

13.5%

German

7.7%

Chinese

5.8%

Japanese

5.8%

Portuguese

3.8%

Mandarin

3.8%

Thai

3.8%

Vietnamese

1.9%

Dutch

1.9%

Cree

1.9%

Norwegian

1.9%

Carrier

1.9%

Polish

1.9%

Arabic

1.9%

Italian

1.9%
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Senior Field Service Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

27.9%

More Tech Institute

7.8%

Community College of the Air Force

6.4%

Illinois Institute of Technology

5.5%

New England Institute of Technology

5.0%

Northeastern University

5.0%

Pennsylvania State University

3.7%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.7%

Purdue University

3.7%

Texas A&M University

3.2%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.2%

Schoolcraft College

3.2%

University of Alabama

2.7%

New York University

2.7%

National University

2.7%

University of Maryland - University College

2.7%

Arizona State University

2.7%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

2.7%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

2.7%

San Jose State University

2.7%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

33.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

13.9%

Business

13.6%

Computer Science

5.9%

Information Technology

3.9%

Mechanical Engineering

3.4%

Computer Information Systems

3.0%

Education

2.7%

Computer Technical Support

2.6%

Project Management

2.5%

Computer Networking

2.5%

Management

2.4%

Automotive Technology

1.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.5%

Industrial Technology

1.3%

Engineering

1.3%

Finance

1.3%

Biomedical Engineering

1.2%

Engineering Technology

1.0%

Management Information Systems

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

31.2%

Other

26.0%

Associate

24.0%

Masters

9.3%

Certificate

6.7%

Diploma

2.3%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.2%
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