Systems Engineer

Systems Engineers Skill Set Well-Suited to Wide Range of Career Opportunities

System Engineer Working on an Electric Circuit BoardIn a general sense, a system can be defined as a collection of different elements working together to produce results that would not otherwise be obtained by any of the elements on their own. Consider an orchestra, as an example; it is the assembly of numerous and different instruments, played in harmony by accomplished performers, to create musical pieces impossible to achieve by a single instrument or one artist alone.

While an audience might only see and hear the collective output of these performers and their instruments, an orchestral performance is essentially a complex project requiring the integration of several musical disciplines (strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion) to produce the desired result. This same interdisciplinary principle can be applied to the field of systems engineering.

Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary approach utilized in a wide range of industrial sectors to influence and facilitate the successful outcomes of complex projects; it is the process that ensures the consideration of all probable aspects of a project and integrates them into a single initiative. And in the same vein that orchestras are led by conductors, these complex projects are headed by systems engineers.

Systems engineers are primarily concerned with the master plan or so-called ‘big picture’ view of project; this includes overseeing the following aspects of the project and ensuring that all related parts and/or processes are working together in proper fashion:

  • Business
  • Mechanical
  • Construction
  • Administrative

In relation to specific responsibilities, job descriptions for systems engineers may include the following:

  • Define project needs and required functionality
  • Prepare and present alternative designs and solutions
  • Design and development of process and product models
  • Create and maintain appropriate technical documentation
  • Coordinate system development and oversee its production
  • System monitoring, performance assessment, and troubleshooting

A Bachelor or Master of Science Degree in computer science or software engineering is a customary minimum requirement for entering the systems engineering field; proficiency in the following courses of study would also be an asset:

  • Mathematics
  • Project Management
  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
  • Accounting/Business Administration

Due to their distinctive combination of skills, systems engineers can pursue employment opportunities within a broad range of industries, including but not limited to:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Supply Chain
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Telecommunications
  • Energy/Natural Resources

The workplace environment for a systems engineer is principally an office setting, with a degree of telecommuting also being a possibility.

A Staffing Agency with Considerable Experience in System Engineer Placements

A Female System Engineer in a Boiler Room Taking ReadingsIndividuals looking to launch or further their career as a systems engineer might want to consult with an experienced placement specialist at Winters Technical Staffing, a leading Toronto staffing agency for more than 40 years. The professionals at Winters Technical Staffing can offer the guidance and support that job seekers require to implement their searches in a more focused and efficient manner, and thereby enhance their probability of success.

Systems engineering candidates can realize a number of benefits by aligning their search efforts with the knowledge and the expertise of a Winters Technical Staffing recruitment specialist; such benefits would include:

  • Help with resume development
  • Coaching on interview demeanor
  • Access to non-advertised job postings
  • Awareness of key networking opportunities
  • Dedicated job searches by location or industry

The consultants from Winters Technical Staffing have developed a strong reputation for success in the recruitment and placement of qualified candidates within the engineering sector, including the placement of systems engineers. In fact, based on the extensive working relationships that they have developed and maintained with many employers in the engineering sector, the Winters Technical Staffing consultants are often contracted to recruit qualified systems engineers on behalf of their clients; this level of confidence can also provide systems engineers with additional employment opportunities to pursue over the number of leads that may be generated through self-conducted job searches.

Contact Winters Today

Looking to begin or advance your career as a systems engineer? You could benefit from the guidance and support provided by the job placement specialists at one of the leading staffing agencies in Toronto. Call the consultants from Winters Technical Staffing today at 416-495-7422 to book a complimentary career path discussion.