Information technology (IT) network engineers are responsible for creating effective system networking solutions for their organization. They are in charge of designing more efficient computer network alternatives, as well as installing software applications that make faster connections between organizational servers and client machines. IT network engineers also solve interoperability problems and strive to increase end-user satisfaction. They upgrade networking equipment, as well as plan and use computer engineering solutions to decrease security risks.
These IT professionals may manage local area networks (LAN) and wide area networks (WAN) and have to support security credentials, in addition to managing wireless ranges and issues. They also install software and/or hardware firewalls to protect company data. IT network engineers must optimize server response and overall operation for faster file transfer. They block certain websites for employees to comply with company rules, and they follow strict protocols to avoid privacy issues.
IT network engineers generally report to the IT lead in their department. They work with other engineers to ensure computer system are fast and efficient. They may also train new IT staff, depending on the circumstances. These IT professionals work in an office environment, and one of their main tools include a personal computer with networking tools, cables, and software packages to fix and maintain computer connectivity at all times.
A bachelor's of engineering in networking, information technology, or a similar field is needed for this position. Additional hardware and software certifications are a plus. A potential IT network engineer should have exceptional communication abilities, the ability to work in a team setting, and the ability to be a self-starter.
Network Engineer, IT Tasks
- Providing tier 4 support and network disaster recovery expertise.
- Test and document system behavior, performance, and security.
- Plan, design, and troubleshoot local and wide area network infrastructure, including routers, firewalls, switches, gateways, DNS servers, DHCP servers, clustering solutions, and related hardware, software, and services.