What does a Systems Engineer do?

A Systems Engineer combines an understanding of both engineering and management. A Systems Engineer works with various departments to manage and develop systems within a company. From creating and implementing systems software to analyzing data to improve existing ones, a Systems Engineer increases productivity in the workplace. A Systems Engineer works to balance various aspects of a project, most of them complex issues such as architecture and system dynamics.

A Systems Engineer is generally found in large corporations and works with other industry professionals to meet the needs of customer and clients. They usually begin as an engineer from one of the many fields, and as they gain expertise in the industry use their ability to conceptualize the big picture and advance to the position of Systems Engineer. A bachelor's degree is required for the position, with many holding advanced degrees in Computer Science, Software Engineering or related engineering fields. Individuals with a firm, holistic understanding of both the operational and scope aspects of projects tend to excel in this position.

  • Mentor and train other engineers throughout the company and seek to continually improve processes companywide
  • Work closely with engineering professionals within the company to maintain hardware and software needed for projects to be completed efficiently
  • Provide clear goals for all areas of a project and develop steps to oversee their timely execution
  • Be proactive about challenges or constraints within a project and seek to manage them accordingly
  • Provide detailed specifications for proposed solutions including materials, manpower and time necessary
  • Assist other department engineers in creating practical demonstrations of proposed solutions and demonstrating them to other members of the team
  • Work alongside project management teams to successfully monitor progress and implementation of initiatives
  • Establish milestones for necessary contributions from departments and develop processes to facilitate their collaboration
  • Experience developing engineering applications for a large corporation
  • Demonstrated project development and leadership skills
  • Master's degree in Computer Science or Software Engineering is preferred
  • Current understanding of best practices regarding system security measures
  • Professional work experience in team building and project managing
  • Advanced education and application of business analysis techniques and strategy
  • Professional experience and a high-level understanding of working with various operating systems and their implications
  • Experience with software engineering, customer experience and civil engineering preferred
  • Ability to work together with teams from several departments to facilitate the orderly execution of a proposed project plan

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
5%
2 - 4
35%
5 - 7
31%
8+
29%

Common Skill Sets

Security Clearance
Microsoft Windows
Written Communication
Configuration
Windows Server
Linux
Scripting
Active Directory

Systems Engineer Seniority Levels

L2
Systems Engineer
$91,000/yr
L4
Systems Engineer Iv
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Systems Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$91,000 /yr
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$67K
Median: $91K
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