The term field engineer covers a wide variety of different jobs. It can range from being a service representative for a company to being in charge of all engineering in as oil field. A field engineer's responsibilities depend on his or her area of expertise. The most common duties of a field engineer involve maintaining and repairing products, installing new hardware and servicing machines. A field engineer also carries out research, and designs and tests machines and devices used on engineering sites. Field engineers are often involved in major construction projects such as the building of airports, sewage systems, bridges and tunnels.
Field engineers mainly work on-site and the job may entail a great deal travelling. According to PayScale, most engineers work in such industries as construction, engineering services, information technology and oilfield services. Others may work in aerospace or defence. At the moment around 90 percent of field engineers are male, with females making up just 10 percent.
It is important for a field engineer to have expertise in the specific area of service, including a strong familiarity with the product and the ability to solve problems on site. Since field engineers typically work directly with clients, it is important to have strong communication skills. Other important skills include:
- Mechanical aptitude
- Well organised
- A confident and professional approach
- Technical expertise