Systems Engineer


Systems engineers oversee each step of a technical project, or systemfrom operations, testing and cost to manufacturing, assessment and disposalto ensure it is as efficient as possible. They are like the Conductor in a Music Ochestre. Systems Engineers apply a combination of both Engineering skills and Management skills in the course of their work. To become a systems engineer, you should plan your engineering career so that you have the opportunity to learn about many fields of engineering. Most systems engineers are former mechanical, electrical, or aerospace engineers who advance into systems engineering. You generally need a bachelor's or a master's degree to become a systems engineer.

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Systems engineers work in many settingsfrom a computer company's urban offices to a testing center for jet airplanes. The basic workweek is usually forty hours long. Systems engineers generally spend additional hours, however, working to meet deadlines or studying new methods and equipment.Systems engineers often work in small teams. Although they do much of their work independently, they must talk to a wide variety of other specialists when planning a system. They should be able to get along with these people and to communicate their ideas clearly. They sometimes have to present their plans in the form of oral or written reports. Like all engineers, they should be good at science and mathematics and at problem solving.

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Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering