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.
- 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
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