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Start by ensuring that you are organized, enjoy problem-solving and have a strong desire to understand the inner workings of systems and IT programs. Next, you'll want to obtain your bachelor's of science or master's degree in computer science, engineering or a related field. Make sure that you know necessary applications such as Tomcat, Jboss, Apache, Ruby, NGINX, etc. You'll also want Cloud experience. If you're able to gain experience using monitoring systems, automation software and scriptwriting those will both give you an advantage in the job field as well. Once you've completed your education you're ready to apply to the system engineer job position of your choice.