Field service engineers work with their hands to fix what is broken, primarily in electronic installation and scheduling maintenance and malfunctions, and most days are spent traveling from one work-site to another to resolve the electrical problems or situations that arise. They work with several types of tools and machinery in these situations, both indoors and outdoors, and most work alone or in small teams with two to three others depending on the employer.
No formal education is required for this position beyond a high school diploma, though employers may prefer those who have at least an associate's degree in a relevant field and/or many years of on-site training. Many field service engineers are also required to work with trained technicians to further their career path and expand their knowledge. Hours and shifts can vary depending on the employer and location, but most should expect to work any day of the week between dawn and dusk. The job market for this position is rather promising with an estimated 10% growth over the next ten years.
Field Service Engineer Tasks
Keep records of maintenance, repair, and required updates of equipment.
Inspect, test, and repair equipment following manufacturers' specifications, using test and analysis instruments.
Study technical manuals and attend training sessions provided by equipment manufacturers to maintain current knowledge.
Perform preventive maintenance or service such as cleaning, lubricating and adjusting equipment.