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Working As A Technical Systems Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $94,451

    Average Salary

What Does A Technical Systems Engineer Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become A Technical Systems Engineer

Most employers require network and computer systems administrators to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. Others may require only a postsecondary certificate.

Education

Although some employers require only a postsecondary certificate, most require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. There are degree programs that focus on computer network and system administration. However, because administrators work with computer hardware and equipment, a degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering usually is acceptable as well. Programs in these fields usually include classes in computer programming, networking, or systems design.

Because network technology is continually changing, administrators need to keep up with the latest developments. Many continue to take courses throughout their careers and attend information technology (IT) conferences to keep up with the latest technology. Some businesses require that an administrator get a master’s degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally offered directly from vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates knowledge and best practices required from network and computer systems administrators. Companies may require their network and computer systems administrators to be certified in the product they use. Microsoft and Cisco offer some of the most common certifications.

Other Experience

To gain practical experience, many network administrators participate in internship programs while in school.

Advancement

Network administrators can advance to become computer network architects. They can also advance to managerial jobs in information technology (IT) departments, such as computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Administrators need analytical skills to evaluate network and system performance and determine how changes in the environment will affect them.

Communication skills. Administrators must be able to describe problems and their solutions to non-IT workers.

Computer skills. Administrators oversee the connections of many different types of computer equipment and must ensure that they all work together properly.

Multitasking skills. Administrators may have to work on many problems and tasks at the same time.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators must be able to quickly resolve any problems that arise with computer networks.

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Technical Systems Engineer Career Paths

Technical Systems Engineer
Information Technology Director Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Operations Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Management Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Senior Network Engineer Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager Technical Project Manager
Technical Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Engineering Manager Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Engineer 3.1 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 3.9%
Technician 3.1%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.1%
Manager 3.3%

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Technical Systems Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

85.3%

Female

11.9%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

58.3%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Asian

10.9%

Black or African American

10.7%

Unknown

5.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.6%

French

15.9%

German

7.9%

Arabic

7.9%

Russian

6.3%

Chinese

4.8%

Portuguese

3.2%

Somali

3.2%

Mandarin

3.2%

Carrier

3.2%

Dutch

3.2%

Estonian

1.6%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Persian

1.6%

Cantonese

1.6%

Braille

1.6%

Cheyenne

1.6%

Korean

1.6%

Italian

1.6%
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Technical Systems Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

25.8%

George Washington University

5.2%

Western Governors University

5.2%

Northeastern University

5.2%

Cleveland State University

4.6%

American InterContinental University

4.6%

Texas A&M University

4.1%

A-Technical College

4.1%

The Academy

3.6%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.6%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.6%

Community College of the Air Force

3.6%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.6%

George Mason University

3.6%

University of Washington

3.6%

University of Texas at Austin

3.6%

New York University

3.1%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.1%

Brigham Young University

3.1%

University of Central Oklahoma

3.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

17.9%

Business

12.8%

Information Technology

11.9%

Electrical Engineering

11.6%

Computer Information Systems

9.8%

Information Systems

4.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.9%

Computer Engineering

3.2%

Computer Networking

3.1%

Management Information Systems

3.0%

Management

2.8%

Mechanical Engineering

2.6%

Project Management

2.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.9%

Engineering

1.9%

Computer Systems Security

1.6%

Finance

1.5%

Political Science

1.4%

Mathematics

1.4%

General Studies

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.5%

Other

21.4%

Masters

19.6%

Associate

12.7%

Certificate

4.5%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

1.1%

License

0.1%
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Real Technical Systems Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
IT Network Systems Engineer Palantir Technologies Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jul 01, 2013 $150,000
Process Control Technology (PCT) Systems Engineer Belcan Services Group, LP Baytown, TX Jan 06, 2016 $145,850
IT Systems Integration Consultant Dell USA LP Round Rock, TX May 08, 2016 $140,629
IT Systems Consultant SAP Basis The United Illuminating Company Orange, CT Jan 30, 2013 $135,597
IT Systems Consultant-Fico The United Illuminating Company New Haven, CT Jun 30, 2014 $135,000
IT Systems Engineer Twitter, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 02, 2014 $130,000
IT Systems Engineer Twitter, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 06, 2016 $130,000
IT Systems Consultant-SAP ISU The United Illuminating Company Orange, CT Oct 17, 2016 $127,400 -
$127,910
IT Systems Consultant BB&T Corporation Salt Lake City, UT Feb 15, 2015 $125,000
IT Systems Consultant-SAP ISU The United Illuminating Company Orange, CT Jun 08, 2015 $123,173
Expert IT Systems Engineer Pacific Gas and Electric Company San Ramon, CA Dec 26, 2014 $120,351
IT Systems Analysis Consultant HM Health Solutions Inc. Richardson, TX May 15, 2015 $120,000 -
$125,000
IT Systems Consultant-SAP Supply Chain The United Illuminating Company Orange, CT Oct 20, 2014 $116,000
SR. IT Operating Systems Consultant United Healthcare Services, Inc. Rocky Hill, CT May 07, 2015 $100,110 -
$122,200
IT Systems Consultant BB&T Corporation Greensboro, NC Sep 15, 2014 $100,000
System Consultant-Web Technology Edgecast Networks, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 05, 2015 $100,000
Systems Consultant-Web Technology Edgecast Networks, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 16, 2016 $100,000
IT Systems Engineer Progressive Casualty Insurance Company Mayfield, OH Jan 17, 2016 $100,000
SR. IT Operating Systems Consultant Optum Services, Inc. Richardson, TX Jun 05, 2016 $99,258 -
$117,900
Systems Engineer-Technical Advisor Cummins Emission Solutions Inc. Columbus, IN Dec 30, 2013 $98,600 -
$125,100
Systems Engineer-Technical Advisor Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Jul 10, 2016 $98,000 -
$147,000
IT System Engineer Applab Systems, Inc. Edison, NJ Jan 29, 2016 $86,100
IT Systems Engineer Great Lakes Cheese Co. Inc. Hiram, OH Jan 09, 2016 $85,000 -
$100,000
IT Systems Consultant Eresources Consultants Inc. Addison, TX Feb 28, 2013 $85,000 -
$100,000
IT Systems Consultant BB&T Winston-Salem, NC Apr 24, 2015 $85,000 -
$125,000
IT Systems Analysis Consultant Senior Nalashaa LLC Iselin, NJ Dec 22, 2016 $85,000
Power Systems Engineer, Technical Support Power Analytics Corporation San Diego, CA Sep 01, 2013 $85,000
Senior IT Systems Management Consultant United Healthcare Services, Inc. Frederick, MD Jul 11, 2013 $84,698 -
$105,700
Tech Yahoo, SR. Software Systems Development Engin Yahoo! Inc. Champaign, IL Sep 02, 2013 $84,323 -
$136,600

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Top Skills for A Technical Systems Engineer

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  1. Windows XP
  2. Computer
  3. Infrastructure
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  • Focused on maintaining and servicing systems in a Windows XP Professional and 2000 platform in a Windows Server 2003 environment.
  • Established strategic partnership with hardware manufacturer resulting in significant cost savings in computer and network hardware procurement costs.
  • Support incident management process for business applications & infrastructure applications.
  • Developed and implemented Active Directory configuration and deployment plan for conversion from NT domain
  • Edited project documentation on the Serena Dimensions CM system and updated Dimensions training procedures.

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