Who is a Network Engineer? Job Profile

Router and cableA network engineer is a person responsible for the installation, management and monitoring of the computer networks of an organization.

The goal of a network engineer is to make sure that the network is operating as expected, providing the best performances and availability.
He might work as part of the internal IT team or externally for an IT consulting agency.


Duties and Responsabilities

The job depends by the size and type of organisation. In a large telecom company for example, a network engineer will have specific responsibility for just one part of the network or a specific service. In small companies, the engineer is typically involved in all the IT related issues.

Typical duties:

  • Installing the networking equipment
  • Supporting and maintaining the network infrastructure
  • Ensuring that the network satisfy the organization needs
  • Monitoring the network functions, performances and usage
  • Troubleshooting of any issue that may arise, collaborating with other teams like servers and applications engineers.
  • Developing emergency plans and disaster recovery procedures
  • Ensuring the security of the network, both physical and digital
  • Providing training to other team members
  • Planning network expansions and upgrades
  • Ensuring that the right support contracts are in place with network vendors


Related job titles

Some related job titles are:

  • Network Administrator
  • Network Architect
  • Network Support Engineer


Continue reading how to become a network engineer.



About Daniele Besana

Daniele is a freelancer consultant with 15 years of experience in network security, customer support, Linux and Salsa. He worked for Juniper Networks in Netherlands, providing support and consultancy on security projects across Europe and Middle-East.

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