The storage engineer's job may involve designing two different types of storage. A storage engineer may design physical storage space. This is very important, as a business cannot be cluttered or over-packed with too many items, as otherwise it will become disorganized. The job title also refers to designing storage space on a company's computer systems. This worker organizes the information and keeps the computers running quickly.
For those working with physical storage, their job is fairly straightforward. These storage engineers must evaluate the storage that a business has, including what may be stored there currently, and organize it in a way that it will not be cluttered and everything in storage may be easily reached by employees. For those who work with storage on computers, they will use information technology systems to store information in such a way that it is easily accessed by employees. They must also organize this information in a way that keeps computers running quickly. Storage engineers who work with physical storage generally work in a warehouse. Storage engineers who work with information storage tend to work in an office setting. Both types of storage engineer tend to work 40-hour weeks. Storage engineers working with computer space work with computers, computer software, telephones, pens and paper, and other office supplies. Those working with physical storage may use those same office supplies, but they also use physical tools, primarily a tape measure. The working hours are typical business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. However, those who work with computer storage space may work in the evening or over the weekend if there is a problem in the computer system. Regardless of which type of storage the engineer is working with, his or she is often the only person on staff in his or her position. The storage engineer may report to a number of different workers, including a plant manager, operations manager, director of information technology, or general manager.
There are also different requirements for a storage engineer depending on which type of storage they work with. Those working with physical storage must have a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. Those working with computer storage must have a bachelor's degree in computer science or information science. Both are typically positions to which one is promoted, so they must also have experience in their respective fields.
Storage engineers are very important in keeping a company organized. They also make storage systems more efficient. Their job makes the jobs of everyone where they work easier and improves productivity for the company.
Storage Engineer Tasks
- Evaluate input and output for systems, as well as overall architecture, to recommend improvements.
- Design disaster recovery plans and enforce backup and archival procedures.
- Design and implement solutions for data storage and maintenance.
- Upgrade software, apply patches, and ensure physical security of data.