Network Engineer Job Descriptions
Network engineers are the technical experts responsible for setting up computer networks, maintaining them, and offering technical support to users where necessary.
Ever heard of Wi-Fi, local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs) or global area networks (GANs)? Well, these marvellous things allow us to communicate, exchange information and connect to the internet – and they’re looked after by network engineers.
Network engineers deal with both hardware and software. On the hardware side of things, they perform hands-on installation and maintenance tasks on network components such as routers, switches and cables.
On the software side of things, network engineers monitor network activity and configure network systems using complex computer software. They constantly maintain and improve network security by setting up firewalls, and they’re also responsible for troubleshooting problems as and when they arise.
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If you progress into a senior role, such as network architect, you will be liaise with your client to understand their business requirements, and then plan and design complex computer networks which will meet their needs in terms of functionality, security, efficiency and cost.
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