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Inside Field Engineer Careers

Things you need to know, but nobody tells you


Biggest Surprises

"Unusual Work Schedule And Responsibilities...
I was surprised by the level of autonomy afforded to me as a field service engineer. I work almost entirely unsupervised and essentially set my own schedule (within customer constraints). The work schedule was also surprising. There are sometimes entire weeks when there is no work to be done, so I stay home and get paid. Other weeks, there is so much work that I need to put in 14 hour days while traveling for weeks at a time." (Field Service Engineer; 2014)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in New York, male
School: Studied Materials Science And Engineering at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania; completed Master degree in 2010

Best & Worst Things About This Career

Systems Engineer: "The best part of my job is the relationships I get to have with really good people. The other cool thing is that I get to create solutions for my customers that fit their needs. My favorite thing to be involved with is strategy or "the art of the deal." My least favorite thing is paperwork and company politics. Also, I don't like the pressure that comes when I have to create a long document that proposes our solution in a very short amount of time." (2010)

Solution Architect: "The best parts of my job are that I'm based out of my home, manage my own schedule and get to work in a different environment nearly every week. It's pretty cool sometimes to be working with a customer on the internet while in my pajamas. The worst parts of the job are the stress involved in juggling several projects simultaneously and the long and frequent sojourns away from home." (2009)

Career Background

Field Engineer

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Career Tips

"Autonomy And Flexibility A Must...
Such a job requires you to be 100% flexible with your time and work. It also requires someone with a good work ethic, capable of performing without supervision." (Field Service Engineer; 2014)

"Teach A Class In A Subject You Want To Learn...
1. Learn how to use programs like Microsoft Visio, Project, Word, PowerPoint and Excel. These are fundamental tools for a systems engineer. 2. Find a mentor in the field you are pursuing and follow his advice. 3. When you want to learn a lot quickly about something, offer to teach a class on it. Preparation for classes is the best teacher." (Systems Engineer; 2010)

"Skills For Being A Solutions Architect...
A good knowledge of computer systems and data communications is needed, so focus your studies on computer programming or information technology. Become comfortable speaking in front of groups of people and with different types of people. Being able to manage your time and prioritize your work is also very important. Skills in project management or business processes are also necessary." (Solution Architect; 2009)