A Day in the Life of a Field Service Engineer


Kristian Botten is a senior field service engineer based in Denver, Colorado. In his role, he services hospitals, reference laboratories and small clinics.

Kristian’s day starts with a phone call. He calls into a daily meeting with the local hematology team. They go over what the previous day’s calls looked like and talk about assignments for the current day. This call is also where the team will divide up service requests. “This morning call kind of sets the tone for the day,” Kristian says.

After the meeting, Kristian makes phone calls to the customers he is planning to visit that day. He’ll gather more information about the service they need, then provide the customer with an ETA. In a typical day, he’ll visit one or two sites. During busy times, he may visit up to four.

Kristian uses his travel time to makes follow-up calls to customers he helped over the last week to gather feedback. Are the analyzers performing the way the customers expect? Was the service he provided to their satisfaction?

Then, he arrives at his first stop of the day. Kristian enters the laboratory, troubleshoots the analyzer and fills out a service report. Then he heads out to his next customer.

What’s it like to be a field service engineer?


We asked Kristian what he likes most about his job. “My favorite part is when you see people’s faces light up that you’re here to help them,” he says. “When people in the lab ask me what I like about my job, I’ll tell them my job is playing with giant toys all day. You get to take things apart and put them back together.”

But the job isn’t easy. “We really don’t know what each day will bring,” Kristian says. “Some days we’ll have multiple calls spread out in different parts of the state. If someone in Wyoming calls in and a customer in Colorado Springs also calls—and I’m the only engineer available—that’s really tough.”

Still, it’s rewarding for him to help customers, and to work with a great team. “I rarely see my team, but we talk all day long. I really consider them to be my friends.”

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