Systems engineers (computer networking/IT) are responsible for the development and modification of computer networks. They work in the information technology department of businesses. They design the computer networks that everyone in the office uses, and they fix any errors that may occur in it as well as improve the system, as needed.
A systems engineer may work with a team of systems engineers when the company is large enough, but they may also work alone in the field for smaller companies. Their job is essential, as the computer network is the major tool of convenience that everyone in an office uses to communicate and complete many functions of their job. It is also what stores the bulk of the information for the company and protects the information in it from outsiders. Systems engineer usually work normal business hours on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, but they may work after hours or on the weekends if there is an issue in the network that needs to be fixed. System engineers must be able to read computer programming languages, which is very difficult, so they must be specially trained in this. They generally work in an office or cubicle. The work supplies are computer software, computers, telephones, pens and paper, and other typical office supplies. The systems engineer reports to a senior network engineer, director of information technology, or a general manager when he or she is the only one working in information technology in the organization.
Requirements for the position are a bachelor's degree in computer engineering. Many companies also prefer experience in the field.
The system engineer plays an important role in making the primary communications tool and storage for data available to those in the organization. Systems engineers also work to ensure that the network is secure so that others cannot steal the information on the system. Without computer networks in offices, the work would be more tedious and less would get done.
Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) Tasks
- Research, design, implement, and troubleshoot information systems and technology solutions in support of business needs.
- Document help desk troubleshooting procedures, operations manuals, and user guidance.