What is the title of your position?
What are other commonly-used titles for the position?
Our company makes a distinction between a “Field Engineer” and other titles, but similar jobs
include Field Service Representative, Technical Representative, and Commissioning Engineer.
What are the duties performed during a typical day? Week? Month? Year? Does s/he have a set
routine? (As the person describes the duties, ask what skills are needed). How much variety is
there on a day-to-day basis?
As a Field Engineer, the work schedule is very unpredictable.
Typically we spend about 30%-
60% of the time out in the field at customer locations and the remainder of the time in the office.
A typical day in the office might involve writing a technical report for a recent job, quoting a new
job to a customer, or talking to clients over the phone regarding an issue they are having with
There is usually very little notice before going out in the field on a job, perhaps
Once out in the field, most of the time is spent gathering data and troubleshooting
issues with our machinery.
Each job we go on is unique and different since we work on a large
variety of equipment, and no two pieces of equipment are exactly alike.
The most common field
projects are vibration analysis, system audits, and root cause analyses.
Probably the most
important skill would be problem solving.
It is also important to have good communication skills
for talking to clients and writing technical reports.
What educational program is recommended as preparation? (Distinguish between courses
which are desirable and those which are indispensable.)
An engineering, technical, or mechanical background is usually required for working in the field.
To be considered a Field Engineer in Dresser-Rand, an engineering degree is required.
Service Representatives and Technical Representatives do similar work, but they do not require
Those jobs tend to be more hands-on and less technical compared to Field
For non-engineering jobs, a high school diploma and mechanical work experience
may be sufficient.
What kinds of courses are most valuable in order to gain skills necessary for success in this
occupation? (Distinguish between courses which are desirable and those which are
So far, I’ve found most of what I learned in college (as a Mechanical Engineering student) to be
of little help in my current job.
I’ve always felt that college gives you a solid foundation (such as
math and science), and proves to employers one’s capacity to learn.
Most of the knowledge
needed is actually gained through on-the-job experience.
The college courses most beneficial
in my current role would have been Vibrations, Thermodynamics, and Technical Writing.
those courses, I only took Thermodynamics (and didn’t really pay much attention, haha).