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What is the title of your position? Field Engineer 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 their machinery. There is usually very little notice before going out in the field on a job, perhaps 2-3 days. 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. Field Service Representatives and Technical Representatives do similar work, but they do not require college degrees. Those jobs tend to be more hands-on and less technical compared to Field Engineering. 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 indispensable.) 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. Of those courses, I only took Thermodynamics (and didn’t really pay much attention, haha).
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This note was uploaded on 02/29/2012 for the course MUSC 101 taught by Professor Madson during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Oneonta.

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