Network Engineer Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

A Network Engineer, or Network Administrator, is responsible for designing, installing and maintaining digital communication networks within an organisation. Their duties include establishing wireless networks, developing digital communication networks and improving cyber-security.  

 

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Network Engineer duties and responsibilities 

Network Engineers are responsible for all digital communication and the IT networks that allow companies to communicate both internally and externally. They are expected to install new systems to improve the company’s communication structure while maintaining the upkeep of existing networks. Other duties and responsibilities of a Network Engineer include:

  • Establishing and maintaining IT and digital communication infrastructure, including wireless or LAN networks
  • Establishing and maintaining digital communication software, including email, user logins and passwords; this includes setting up new employees with company email accounts and providing them with access to the network, as well as troubleshooting for existing employees.
  • Training new staff to operate within the company’s IT systems and ensuring that new staff are aware of company communication policies
  • Making sure that the networks are protected from malware and viruses, identifying areas that might be under threat and areas where security can be improved, keeping up to date on ever-changing cyber-threats
  • Installing and maintaining firewalls, establishing and maintaining company-wide access policies to the internet
  • Providing technical support and assistance to employees.
  • Performing analysis and collecting data to establish the potential for improvements within the communication networks
  • Working with third-party providers to keep the networks running efficiently
  • Maintaining the company’s phone system and working closely with the phone service provider to keep the lines active

 

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Network Engineer

We are looking for a Network Operations Engineer to design, implement, maintain, and support our growing hardware and software network infrastructure. You will be part of the Network Operations team that is responsible for designing and developing scalable, maintainable, highly available network architectures that meet business objectives and SLAs.

Responsibilities

  • Monitoring network performance

  • Ensure system availability and reliability

  • Administrating various devices and services [website] routers, switches, firewalls, load balancers, VPN, WiFi)

  • Maintaining systems software (upgrades including service packs, patches, hot fixes and security configurations)

  • Monitor system resource utilization, trending, and capacity planning

  • Provide Level-2/3 support and troubleshooting to resolve issues

  • Work within established configuration and change management policies to ensure awareness, approval and success of changes made to the network infrastructure

  • Select and implement security tools, policies, and procedures in conjunction with the company’s security team

  • Work with users and other personnel for problem resolution

  • Other duties as assigned

    Requirements

  • Proven hands-on experience

  • Network certifications a plus

  • Deep understanding of networking protocols [website] Ipsec, Hsrp, BGP, Ospf, 802.11, QoS)

  • Solid understanding DevOps Networking

  • Hands-on experience with monitoring, network diagnostic and network analytics tools

  • University degree in Computer Science or a related subject or equivalent experience

    Job Type: Full-time

    Work Location:

  • Fully Remote

    Benefits:

  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Retirement plan

  • Paid time off

  • Professional development Yes
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    Network Engineer

    We are looking for a Network Operations Engineer to design, implement, maintain, and support our growing hardware and software network infrastructure. You will be part of the Network Operations team that is responsible for designing and developing scalable, maintainable, highly available network architectures that meet business objectives and SLAs.

    Responsibilities

  • Monitoring network performance

  • Ensure system availability and reliability

  • Administrating various devices and services [website] routers, switches, firewalls, load balancers, VPN, WiFi)

  • Maintaining systems software (upgrades including service packs, patches, hot fixes and security configurations)

  • Monitor system resource utilization, trending, and capacity planning

  • Provide Level-2/3 support and troubleshooting to resolve issues

  • Work within established configuration and change management policies to ensure awareness, approval and success of changes made to the network infrastructure

  • Select and implement security tools, policies, and procedures in conjunction with the company’s security team

  • Work with users and other personnel for problem resolution

  • Other duties as assigned

    Requirements

  • Proven hands-on experience

  • Network certifications a plus

  • Deep understanding of networking protocols [website] Ipsec, Hsrp, BGP, Ospf, 802.11, QoS)

  • Solid understanding DevOps Networking

  • Hands-on experience with monitoring, network diagnostic and network analytics tools

  • University degree in Computer Science or a related subject or equivalent experience

    Job Type: Full-time

    Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)

    Work Location:

  • Fully Remote

    Benefits:

  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Retirement plan

  • Paid time off

  • Professional development Yes
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    Network Engineer

    No Corp to Corp Resumes. We do not offer sponsorship for this role since it is a contract to hire, employer does not want to sponsor at the time of hire.

    Job Description – Network Firewall Engineer

    Network and Firewall administration supporting implementation of security policies and remediating conflicts.

    Coordination with system and application owners, schedule and apply rule changes, test and validate with security team.

    Insure backups are taken prior to implementing changes. Document work and solutions so they can be re-used in future remediation efforts.

    Qualifications

  • 5+ years as a Network Systems Administrator

  • 3+ years working with Palo Alto, Cisco and Meraki firewalls

  • 2+ years remediation of security vulnerabilities

    Job Type: Contract

    Salary: $40.00 to $55.00 /hour

    Contract Length:

  • More than 1 year

    Contract Renewal:

  • Likely

    Full Time Opportunity:

  • Yes

    Additional Compensation:

  • Bonuses

    Work Location:

  • One location

    Benefits:

  • Health Dental Vision Retirement Monday to Friday
  • What does a Network Engineer do? 

    A Network Engineer controls and maintains computer networks and any computer infrastructures that are related to hardware and software programs, configurations and software structures. They typically work in an office setting and spend most of their day at a desk working on a computer. Sometimes they outsource their service to two or more companies, requiring them to travel regularly to visit individual business locations. 

    Network Engineer skills and qualifications 

    A successful Network Engineer candidate will have various prerequisite skills and qualifications including: 

    • Excellent communication skills
    • Ability to make technical information easy to understand
    • Ability to work well both individually and in a team
    • Customer service skills if providing external support
    • Excellent logic and reasoning skills
    • Detailed computer and IT skills
    • Qualifications in computer sciences, communications, or mathematics
    • Cisco qualification or equivalent technical qualifications

     

    Network Engineer experience requirements 

    Network engineers are usually required to have several years of experience in the IT and communication sector. IT support experience, computer repair experience or experience developing software solutions is useful. Senior Network Engineers are typically required to have over five years of experience working within a Network Engineer role or IT support role. Those who want to work as Wireless Network Engineers need to have experience in wireless standards, protocols and equipment. They should be specialised in wireless technologies, including Wireless Access Point (WAP), Wi-Fi and Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMax). 

     

    Network Engineer education and training requirements 

    Network engineers need to have at least a bachelor’s degree in areas such as computer systems engineering, network security management, information technology or computer science. Continuing education is also important for Network Engineers, as this field continues to change with new programs and systems being released regularly. 

    Network Engineers are also required to complete on-the-job training while working in entry-level IT positions, as most companies expect them to have an existing in-depth knowledge of a variety of systems and programs. Many companies also require Network Engineers to have industry-approved certifications, such as the Cisco Certified Network Associate certifications and Professional CompTIA Network certifications. 

     

    Network Engineer salary expectations 

    According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for a Network Engineer is £39,605 per year. Salary may be dependent on experience, location and company.  

     

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    Network Engineer Job description FAQs

     

    What is the difference between a Network Engineer and a Network Technician?

    A Network Engineer is responsible for developing infrastructure and software within a company’s communications network. A Network Technician, on the other hand, is responsible for maintaining the network infrastructure and providing technical support, rather than developing software and systems. 

     

    Are Cisco or CompTIA Network qualifications preferred?

    Cisco and CompTIA Network qualifications are both industry-approved qualifications that provide relevant training and knowledge for candidates to work in a Network Engineer role. The Cisco qualifications are Cisco system-specific, whereas the CompTIA qualifications are more wide-ranging. The preferred qualification will depend on the system that the company already has in place. 

     

    Who does a Network Engineer report to?

    A Network Engineer is a part of wider communication or IT department within the company. They usually report to a Senior Network Engineer, or to a senior member of the department. In smaller companies, the Network Engineer works as the lead member, or only member of the equivalent department and consequently will have more freedom and flexibility. 

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