Field Engineer


(FE) Someone employed to visit customers' computer installations to solve hardware problems and perform installations, upgrades or preventative maintenance.

In the early years, IBM software was written by users or IBM Systems Engineers but Field Engineers were also involved with software. For example, the FEs installing IBM 1401s as adjuncts to IBM 7090 installations invented what eventually became SPS and Autocoder because they got tired of coding in machine language. Eventually FEs were just responsible for hardware.

Field servoid is a derogatory term for a FE.

Last updated: 2015-03-18

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