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Working As A Windows 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 Windows 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 Windows 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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Windows Engineer Career Paths

Windows Engineer

Average Length of Employment
LAN Engineer 3.2 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
Unix Engineer 2.8 years
Server Engineer 2.5 years
Citrix Engineer 2.1 years
Vmware Consultant 2.0 years
Windows Engineer 2.0 years
Exchange Engineer 1.9 years
Linux Engineer 1.6 years
Migration Engineer 1.1 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 3.4%
Consultant 3.4%
Top Employers After
Engineer 7.6%

Windows Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

86.9%

Female

10.6%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

65.5%

Asian

18.8%

Hispanic or Latino

9.0%

Unknown

5.9%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Japanese

33.3%

Russian

16.7%

Urdu

16.7%

Dari

16.7%

Mandarin

16.7%
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Windows Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.6%

Mississippi State University

7.8%

Strayer University

5.9%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.9%

University of Maryland - University College

3.9%

Miami Dade College

3.9%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.9%

Saint John's University - New York

3.9%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

3.9%

Brigham Young University

3.9%

A-Technical College

3.9%

Western Illinois University

3.9%

Vatterott College - Sunset Hills

3.9%

Colorado Technical University

3.9%

Monroe Community College

3.9%

American InterContinental University

3.9%

George Mason University

3.9%

University of Texas at San Antonio

3.9%

Centenary College

3.9%

Central Washington University

2.0%
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Majors

Computer Science

17.9%

Business

15.0%

Information Technology

11.4%

Computer Information Systems

9.3%

Electrical Engineering

7.1%

Computer Networking

6.4%

Engineering

5.0%

Information Systems

4.3%

Management

3.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.9%

Marketing

2.1%

Economics

2.1%

Computer Engineering

2.1%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.4%

Project Management

1.4%

Finance

1.4%

Computer Systems Security

1.4%

Education

1.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.2%

Masters

18.9%

Other

18.3%

Associate

10.4%

Diploma

3.0%

Certificate

1.2%
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Real Windows Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Windows Engineer Barnes &Noble.Com Palo Alto, CA May 31, 2012 $148,000
Windows Engineer Github, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 26, 2015 $145,000
Windows Engineer Signature Commercial Solutions, LLC Pennington, NJ Oct 04, 2010 $135,000
Endpoint/Windows Engineer Mindlance, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Nov 28, 2016 $120,000
Windows Kernel Engineer Palo Alto Networks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 20, 2013 $110,000
Windows Engineer JP Morgan Chase & Co Columbus, OH Jun 05, 2015 $99,000
Windows Engineer Copart, Inc. Dallas, TX Jul 12, 2016 $95,000
Lead Windows Engineer AAC, Inc. Washington, DC Sep 13, 2010 $92,830
Lead Windows Engineer AAC, Inc. Washington, DC Mar 26, 2013 $92,810
Windows Engineer Anchorfree, Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 01, 2012 $85,000
Lead Windows Engineer-Consultant Rite Pros, Inc. Portland, ME Oct 09, 2015 $78,000
Lead Windows Engineer-Consultant Rite Pros, Inc. Portland, ME May 20, 2015 $78,000
Microsoft Windows/Active Directory Engineer Petadigit Islandia, NY Dec 09, 2013 $76,259

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Top Skills for A Windows Engineer

WindowsServerActiveDirectoryVmwareESXVmwareConverterVirtualMachinesAdditionalDomainControllersInfrastructureHardwareDNSDhcpStorageBackupRemoteControlVmwareVsphereSQLServerR2OSSccmIISWIN XP

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Top Windows Engineer Skills

  1. Windows Server
  2. Active Directory
  3. Vmware ESX
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Manage and provide senior level support to windows [ ] servers for 500+ windows servers.
  • Managed and Administer Windows Active Directory on [ ] Servers with over 25,000 users, including User Creation, Printer Creation/Installs.
  • Involved in Managing, Installing, and Supporting Windows 2003/2008 Servers, Ubuntu-12.04 andVMware ESXi Servers 4.0/4.1.
  • Perform server migration over Data centers using VMware converter 5.0.
  • Created virtual machines on ESX Servers.

Top Windows Engineer Employers