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What is working as a Systems Engineer like?

Hello, I am an electrical engineering student and have recently been exploring fields in EE.

Can you tell me how about working in systems engineering? is the work you do interesting and engaging? and some general advice and tips would be great.

Thank you for your help.

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Nicole’s Answer

Hi Taner A.. Thanks so much for your question.

I happen to be one of those people who has a Systems Engineering degree. If it helps to know, I graduated with this degree many years ago. I share these two facts because they may help you to understanding how incredibly powerful I have found my degree to be.

Working as a Systems Engineer is full of learning opportunities. My interest in getting this type of degree lied in my understanding that a Systems Engineering degree focused on the broad elements of an engineering curriculum....things like vector math and statisitics, without forcing too much in the way of electronics or biology (as you might get in an electrical engineering or bio engineering curriculum).

With my degree, my first job was actually as a Network Engineer. Within that job responsibility, I got a chance to work on many technical projects and from those technical projects, learned a lot about the aspects of an effectively working network for major companies. The second half of my career has been less technical, to some degree. Ironically, I write more code now than I did as a network engineer but the fields that I work in is more sales and marketing.

So my point in trying to answer your question is to demonstrate the flexibility I have found in obtaining a Systems Engineering degree. I hope you find this information helpful.

Best of luck!

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Jackson’s Answer

Taner: I am glad that you expressed interest in Systems Engineer. I have spent the last 20 years in various Network and Systems Engineer roles. I too graduated with degree in MSEE and BSEE as well. Allow me to start with the Systems Engineer job description.
Translates customer needs into requirements, designs, and development plans for products and services. Assesses the technical feasibility, raises and resolves technical issues. Establishes cost and time estimates for implementation. Monitors the implementation for technical correctness to ensure the customer needs are met.
Let's say you are part of the design team working on an augment reality gaming system. The product team has a latency requirement of 20 millisecond to maintain high video quality and realistic user experience. As a systems engineer, you are responsible to research, identify, and architect a solution to meet the stringent latency requirement at an affordable cost.
Systems engineer career can be very fulfilling and challenging. You are constantly learning new technologies and pushing the envelop of existing technologies. You are required to solve old and new problems but with faster, better, and cheaper solutions.
If you like solving technical challenges this can be a great career choice for you. If you want repeatable and mundane tasks, you will not be a successful systems engineer.

Jackson recommends the following next steps:

Locate and interview systems engineers from your University's IT department.
Locate and interview systems eningeers graduated from your University.
Talk to your engineering professors and have them introduce you to systems engineers.