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How Do I Become a Customer Service Engineer?

Many customer service engineers work within the information technology industry.
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  • Written By: N. Kalu
  • Edited By: Allegra J. Lingo
  • Last Modified Date: 25 August 2014
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To become a customer service engineer, you will need to have undergone the necessary training to repair and maintain equipment or software. Most customer service engineer jobs require that candidates have either an associate's or a bachelor's degree. Due to the fact that many customer service engineer positions are within the information technology (IT) industry, having a degree in information technology, computer repair, or computer science is highly valuable. This sort of engineer needs to have both the technical know-how and effective communicating skills in order to explain difficult concepts to both clients and upper level management.

Training involves taking classes that will teach you more about the inner workings of computer or technical hardware. If you want to become a customer service engineer that maintains the performance of a company's proprietary hardware, you will also have to learn how exactly that hardware or piece of equipment operates. To succeed in customer service engineering, you will also need to understand how bugs infiltrate a software system and how to solve this problem. Programs which grant an associate's degree offer general classes in computer repair and information technology. These classes should prepare you well for any challenges that you might face on the job.

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A bachelor's degree is usually required if you want to become a customer service engineer who manages junior level employees or who engages in company strategy. Majoring in computer science of information technology is the most applicable to this career. At university you will be introduced to higher level networking concepts, such as server analytics, network protocol, and troubleshooting.

The core of an engineer's education will be during the customer service engineer training that a potential employer provides. Some things can only be learned on the job, so it is your responsibility to sign up for available training sessions and opportunities to accompany senior service engineers to client sites. In this way, you will learn more about the problems that clients typically face when trying to use your company's software, and the solutions employed to address these concerns.

In addition to technical training, to become a customer service engineer you should strive to develop excellent communication skills. Knowing how to speak with clients in a professional manner is very important. You should be able to give the client a clear summary of how you fixed the hardware or software. It is also critical that you are able to clearly explain the results of your client interaction with your manager.

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