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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

  • $97,020

    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
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Administrator Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Systems Engineer Information Technology Consultant Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Lead Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Systems Architect Information Technology Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Windows System Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Engineering Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Windows System Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Administrator Systems Engineer
Senior Systems Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Specialist 4.2 years
Systems Manager 4.2 years
Network Manager 3.9 years
Network Operator 3.3 years
LAN Administrator 3.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
MIS Administrator 3.2 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
Systems Integrator 3.2 years
LAN Engineer 3.2 years
Systems Support 3.1 years
Network Engineer 3.1 years
Unix Engineer 2.8 years
Technical Analyst 2.8 years
Solutions Engineer 2.7 years
Lan/Wan Engineer 2.7 years
Desktop Engineer 2.6 years
Server Engineer 2.5 years
Network Consultant 2.4 years
Citrix Engineer 2.1 years
Exchange Engineer 1.9 years
NOC Technician 1.9 years
Help Desk Engineer 1.8 years
Windows Engineer 1.8 years
Network Assistant 1.7 years
NOC Engineer 1.7 years
Linux Engineer 1.6 years
Migration Engineer 1.1 years
Network Internship 0.6 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 3.4%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.3%
Manager 3.7%

Technical Systems Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

87.0%

Female

10.4%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

75.0%

Hispanic or Latino

10.5%

Asian

10.1%

Unknown

3.4%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.0%

French

9.5%

Mandarin

7.1%

Arabic

7.1%

Somali

4.8%

Chinese

4.8%

Cantonese

4.8%

Russian

4.8%

German

2.4%

Portuguese

2.4%

Estonian

2.4%

Vietnamese

2.4%

Braille

2.4%

Persian

2.4%

Cheyenne

2.4%

Dutch

2.4%

Korean

2.4%

Carrier

2.4%

Italian

2.4%
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Technical Systems Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.8%

A-Technical College

5.6%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.9%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.9%

Texas A&M University

4.9%

The Academy

4.9%

Western Governors University

4.9%

Northeastern University

4.9%

California State University - Fullerton

4.2%

George Washington University

4.2%

Pennsylvania State University

4.2%

University of Texas at Austin

4.2%

Purdue University

4.2%

American InterContinental University

4.2%

Community College of the Air Force

3.5%

Cleveland State University

3.5%

Capella University

3.5%

Colorado State University

3.5%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

2.8%

Wayne State University

2.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

20.1%

Information Technology

13.3%

Business

12.1%

Computer Information Systems

9.8%

Electrical Engineering

8.4%

Information Systems

5.3%

Computer Engineering

4.3%

Computer Networking

3.6%

Management Information Systems

3.1%

Management

2.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Project Management

2.0%

Finance

1.8%

Mechanical Engineering

1.8%

Mathematics

1.7%

Computer Systems Security

1.7%

Criminal Justice

1.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.5%

Engineering

1.5%

General Studies

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.0%

Other

22.4%

Masters

19.1%

Associate

12.4%

Certificate

3.8%

Doctorate

1.2%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.1%
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Real Technical Systems Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
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 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
IT Systems Analysis Consultant HM Health Solutions Inc. Richardson, TX May 15, 2015 $120,000 -
$125,000
Advisor, IT Systems Caremark, LLC Richardson, TX Aug 31, 2015 $115,794 -
$125,000
IT Systems Engineer Teampeople LLC Washington, DC Sep 05, 2016 $115,000
Advisor IT Systems (Consumer Directed Healthcare) Caremark, L.L.C. Buffalo Grove, IL May 24, 2016 $115,000
Advisor, IT Systems CVS Pharmacy, Inc. Woonsocket, RI Dec 16, 2015 $114,889
Senior IT Operating System Consultant Optum Services, Inc. Ridgefield, NJ Jul 11, 2016 $114,691 -
$127,700
Advisor, IT Systems CVS Pharmacy, Inc. Woonsocket, RI Oct 17, 2016 $113,349
Senior IT Operating System Consultant Optum Services, Inc. Plymouth, MN Feb 22, 2016 $100,506 -
$105,055
Senior IT Operating Systems Consultant Optum Services, Inc. Plymouth, MN Feb 06, 2016 $100,506 -
$116,100
IT Systems Analysis Consultant Optum Services, Inc. Eden Prairie, MN Jan 05, 2016 $100,506 -
$117,800
Systems Engineer-Technical Advisor Cummins Emission Solutions Inc. Columbus, IN Dec 31, 2015 $100,500 -
$120,900
Systems Engineer-Technical Advisor Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Oct 16, 2016 $100,500 -
$120,900
SR. IT Operating Systems Consultant Optum Services, Inc. Atlanta, GA Nov 30, 2015 $100,422 -
$117,900
IT Systems Engineer Progressive Casualty Insurance Company Mayfield, OH Feb 27, 2016 $100,396
Safeguards & Security Tech Nondestructive Assay Systems Engr Ut-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Oak Ridge, TN Nov 03, 2015 $92,334
Advisor, IT Systems (Rxclaim IT) Caremark, L.L.C. Buffalo Grove, IL Feb 05, 2016 $92,000 -
$95,077
Advisor, IT Systems Caremark, LLC Richardson, TX Jun 27, 2016 $92,000 -
$120,000
IT Systems Analysis Consultant Optum Services, Inc. Atlanta, GA May 04, 2015 $91,499 -
$125,800
Advisor, IT Systems Caremark, LLC Scottsdale, AZ Jan 31, 2016 $90,189 -
$134,100
IT System Analysis Consultant Optum Services, Inc. Santa Ana, CA Nov 15, 2015 $89,086 -
$94,086
Senior IT Operating System Consultant Optum Services, Inc. Cleveland, OH Oct 06, 2016 $88,878 -
$108,878

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Top Skills for A Technical Systems Engineer

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Top Technical Systems Engineer Skills

  1. Windows Server
  2. Hardware
  3. Network Infrastructure
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supported the Windows Server O.S.
  • Established strategic partnership with hardware manufacturer resulting in significant cost savings in computer and network hardware procurement costs.
  • Network infrastructures such as DHCP and WINS are in place.
  • Managed and enhanced Active Directory Group Policy Management services.
  • Conduct small group training in the classroom and via a remote learning system.

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