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Working As a 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

  • $88,000

    Average Salary

What Does A 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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How To Become A Service 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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Service Engineer Career Paths

Service Engineer
Service Manager Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Service Manager Owner Facilities Manager
Senior Facilities Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Service Manager Project Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Engineer Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Application Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Sales Engineer Technical Sales Representative
Technical Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Manager Facilities Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Senior Technologist
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Engineer Production Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Sales Engineer Solutions Architect Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Design Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Engineering Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Mechanical Design Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Senior Engineering Team Leader
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Project Lead Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Engineer Test Engineer Senior Engineering Technician
Engineering Laboratory Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Product Engineer Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Engineer 4.3 years
Engineer 3.3 years
Systems Engineer 3.1 years
Service Engineer 3.0 years
Solutions Engineer 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Service Engineer
Engineer 7.2%
Technician 6.3%
Internship 3.4%
Manager 3.0%
Consultant 2.6%
Top Careers After Service Engineer
Engineer 6.9%
Manager 4.6%
Consultant 3.8%
Owner 3.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$88,000
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$65,000
Min 10%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$118,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
eBay
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Service Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Service Engineer in the United States is $88,132 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $65,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $118,000.

Real Service Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Cloud Services Engineer Mongodb, Inc. New York, NY Jul 04, 2016 $180,000
Staff Cloud Service Engineer General Electric Company San Ramon, CA Feb 29, 2016 $165,000
Core Services Engineer Apigee Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 17, 2016 $160,000
Principal Services Engineer Snaplogic San Mateo, CA Aug 16, 2016 $160,000
Service Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Dec 24, 2016 $158,001
Cloud Services Engineer Mongodb, Inc. New York, NY Mar 17, 2016 $155,000
Core Services Engineer Apigee Corporation San Jose, CA Feb 11, 2015 $155,000
Software Engineer II-Apps. & Services Engr. GRP or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 15, 2016 $147,924 -
$167,924
Web Service Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA May 25, 2015 $145,000 -
$165,000
Web Services Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Mar 23, 2015 $145,000 -
$165,000
Service Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA May 27, 2015 $144,900
Service Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Apr 15, 2016 $142,508
Service Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 30, 2016 $141,847
Service Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 17, 2016 $113,560 -
$133,560
Service Engineer Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Nov 19, 2015 $113,500 -
$135,500
Service Delivery Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 01, 2015 $113,456
Service Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 19, 2016 $113,410
Service Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA May 20, 2016 $113,390
Service Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Dec 04, 2016 $113,071
Service Engineer Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 15, 2015 $113,048 -
$133,048
Engineering Service Engineer Microsoft Corporation Mountain View, CA Aug 09, 2015 $113,000
Engineer-Services Software Ericsson Inc. Plano, TX Aug 10, 2015 $90,613 -
$121,764
Service Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 27, 2015 $90,300
Engineer-Services Software Ericsson Inc. Bellevue, WA May 22, 2015 $90,230 -
$116,476
Engineer-Services Software Ericsson Inc. Highlands Ranch, CO Sep 05, 2016 $90,065 -
$121,764
Engineer-Services Software Ericsson Inc. Highlands Ranch, CO Jul 12, 2015 $90,065 -
$121,764
Devops/Service Engineer Stem Xpert LLC Redmond, WA Jul 29, 2016 $90,000
Cloud Services Engineer Airwatch, LLC Atlanta, GA Sep 18, 2015 $90,000

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Top Skills for A 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:
  • Job Responsibilities: Sutherland Global Services Private Limited Designation: Assistant Manager Training, Microsoft Technical Support Roles and Responsibilities:.
  • Performed advanced wireless testing, including data capture and analysis, published procedures, customer service bulletins and training presentations.
  • Assist in understanding and establishing or improving preventative maintenance and overhaul schedules for all equipment and mechanical systems within a project.
  • Worked with Windows XP, Windows Professional, and Microsoft Office programs.
  • Developed guidelines and executed testing for process changes, including efficiency improvements, company infrastructure updates, and disaster recovery procedures.

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Top 10 Best States for Service Engineers

  1. Washington
  2. California
  3. New Hampshire
  4. New Mexico
  5. Massachusetts
  6. District of Columbia
  7. Delaware
  8. Arizona
  9. Maryland
  10. Oregon
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Service Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

81.2%

Unknown

10.1%

Female

8.7%
Ethnicity

White

56.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Asian

12.7%

Black or African American

10.5%

Unknown

5.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.5%

French

8.6%

Carrier

8.2%

German

6.1%

Arabic

6.1%

Russian

4.5%

Portuguese

4.5%

Chinese

4.1%

Mandarin

3.7%

Japanese

3.7%

Italian

2.9%

Hindi

2.4%

Cantonese

2.0%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Dutch

1.6%

Gujarati

1.2%

Marathi

0.8%

Bulgarian

0.8%

Thai

0.8%

Greek

0.8%
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Service Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.8%

Purdue University

7.4%

Ferris State University

7.2%

More Tech Institute

5.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.5%

Pennsylvania State University

5.3%

A-Technical College

4.9%

The Academy

4.6%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

Community College of the Air Force

4.1%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.1%

Macomb Community College

3.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.7%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.5%

San Jose State University

3.4%

National University

3.2%

Wayne State University

3.2%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.2%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.2%

University of Florida

3.2%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

24.8%

Mechanical Engineering

12.9%

Business

10.6%

Computer Science

7.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.9%

Information Technology

4.4%

Engineering

3.8%

Computer Information Systems

3.7%

Computer Networking

3.7%

Automotive Technology

3.0%

Computer Engineering

2.9%

Management

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.2%

Project Management

2.1%

Industrial Technology

1.9%

Biomedical Engineering

1.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.7%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.3%

Education

1.2%

Computer Engineering Technology

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.4%

Other

20.7%

Masters

17.7%

Associate

13.9%

Certificate

4.5%

Diploma

3.6%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.1%
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