How to write a System Engineer job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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System Engineer job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of System Engineer job titles

    Senior System Engineer
    Water System Engineer
    System Engineer (2 Years’ Experience)
    Domain Name System Engineer
    Linux System Engineer

System Engineer job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a System Engineer job summary

Our team of motivated and creative people is looking for a system engineer who is excited about meeting the ever-changing needs of our customers. We work with a wide range of businesses, including automobile manufacturers, medical companies and toolmakers, to increase efficiency and uncover hidden costs. In other words, we deal with highly nuanced systems, designing, developing and integrating them from the start of their life cycle to the end. Our systems engineer should have an eye for creating custom solutions and be well-versed in each stage of the systems life cycle. You should have a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and at least two years of experience and a proven record of collaboration, as you’ll be working with sales, marketing and customer teams.

System Engineer responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organisation and who the employee reports to.

Examples of System Engineer responsibilities

    Develop complex, embedded systems that require knowledge of schematic design, product design, electrical architectural models and prototype testing.
    Think outside of the box to implement innovative and effective solutions.
    Adapt quickly to obstacles and changing demands.
    Evaluate systems and make recommendations for improvements and solutions.
    Talk with customers and understand their needs, communicating the requirements and timeline for their system plan.
    Work with a team to ensure projects are completed effectively and efficiently.

System Engineer qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of System Engineer skills

    Bachelor’s degree or higher in electrical engineering
    Minimum of two years’ experience in system engineering
    Self-motivated and work well independently
    In-depth knowledge of data structures and ability to analyze data to solve problems
    Organization and multi-tasking skills that strike a balance among validation/verification, requirements analysis, customer interaction and project oversight
    Flexible and easily adaptable

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