Computer Systems Engineer
AnonymousTell us about your work---what do you do? I am in computer systems engineering and I manage an engineering and distribution business. What skills are needed? You need excellent technical skills and business management skills such as financial management , the ability to motivate people, and the ability to build relationships with diverse groups such as customers, salespeople, and engineers. What was your major? Electrical Engineering How did you get started in your career? I studied engineering in college and was recruited by a large corporation in that field. I chose engineering because my father and brother were in that field and I liked math and science. What experience do you need in this job? For engineering, one generally needs an engineering degree . In addition, for managing my company, I also need experience in business management and with people. You need to have the experience in understanding that staying current in both areas is a daily challenge. Describe your "typical" workday: Read and reply to email (½ hour); sales meeting (½ hour--we have a daily sales meeting at 8:15 a.m.); management discussions (1 hour--this could be one on one or a formal group meeting); engineering (3 hours--varies depending on what projects are in house and might involve circuit design, system design, software development or researching vendors.); sales (3 hours--generally discussing potential projects with customers, designing a solution, researching my approach, writing the quote, and discussing details with the customers); and finally financial planning (½ hour--occasionally). What is the hardest aspect of your job? Computer technology is constantly changing and you need to keep up with it. Often, you keep up through the process of researching client problems to find the right solutions. The industry moves fast and you have to keep up with it. Managing and mediating employee issues is challenging as well, and staying current with workplace expectations is also important. What is the most rewarding aspect of your job? On the engineering side, solving client problems and seeing creations be useful to our clients, and in turn the clients they serve, is exciting. In this industry, some solutions can be obsolete before they are even implemented, to knowing that you provided a solution that addresses the big picture for everyone is very rewarding. Watching employees grow and develop is rewarding as well. Developing human potential is a great balance in a high tech world. What are your suggestions for someone considering this field? Get a relevant degree, do an internship and/or work for a large company to gain experience in how the tech industry operates. Whether you manage your own company or not, you need to develop good people and teamwork skills .