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Network Engineer Job Description

Job Description

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Design, support and implement the installation of network devices including routers and switches as well as supporting services such as DNS, DHCP, Firewalls , Intruder Prevention systems and Proxy servers. Monitor and report on network health.


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  • Resolve complex network or network related issues in a timely manner
  • Provide expertise in network operation and troubleshooting
  • Design and implement networks including physical connections, layer 2 topologies and layer 3 topologies
  • Design and implement DNS, DHCP, Firewalls, Intruder Prevention systems and Proxy server support
  • Analyze network performance metrics
  • Ensure network designs compliance to Service Level Agreements
  • Promote and adhere to network design standards
  • Design and implement and technologies such as OSPF, BGP, HSRP, VRRP, Spanning Tree and Etherchannel
  • Design and implement Quality of Service (QOS) policies
  • Upgrade and replace network hardware where appropriate
  • Participate in regular network health check and process review per the Compliance requirement
  • Perform project work such as upgrades and new installations
  • Create and maintain project and site documentation
  • Work with lead client/business manager to understand project plans and scope for assigned role on engagement
  • Provide IP telephony support
  • Maintain standards for Unified Communications Solutions
  • Support security and network management systems
  • Support resolution and root cause analysis of incidents or problems escalated from the Network Operations Center
  • Works with management to define network business needs and implements effective enterprise-wide network strategies
  • Coordinates with multiple vendors/departments to procure network-related hardware, software, and services

Key Competencies

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  • Influencing
  • Customer Consideration
  • Teamwork
  • Developing Self and/or others
  • Managing Tasks
  • Specific Technical Knowledge

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

Employer Demand


70% Excellent written and oral communication skills
54% Exerience with Cisco and/or Juniper Routers and Switches
54% Demonstrated knowledge and experience designing and implementing layer 3 routing protocols (static, OSPF, BGP, EIGRP)
46% Demonstrated knowledge and experience designing and implementing layer 2 protocols (802.1q, Spanning Tree, GRE tunnels)
42% Demonstrated knowledge and experience designing and implementing load balancing and high availability protocols (HSRP, VRRP, LACP)
38% Understanding of Change Management frameworks such as ITIL
38% Understanding of Project Management methodologies such as Prince2
33% Knowedge and understanding of network services DNS, DHCP, Firewalls, IPS and Proxy Servers
29% Experience with vendors and professional services
29% Experience working with service providers to resolve carriage faults
23% Knowledge of network performance metrics
23% Demonstrated knowledge of Quality of Service
13% Demonstrated knowledge of MPLS, MBGP and vrfs
8% Demonstrated knowledge of protocol redistribution
8% Knowledge of network management products
8% Experience with cable management and physical connectivity
8% VoIP Systems - Support/Troubleshooting


Employer Demand


32% CCIE
29% CCNP
29% CCNA
21% Degree


The following salary indicators were found for this role;


Roles Not Requesting a Degree

Roles Requesting a Degree

Top End

Network Engineer Salary $102K - $132K $102K - $132K $145K
Contract Rates $80h - $90h N/A

Key Personal Attributes

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In addition to outstanding technical knowledge of network technologies, an excellent network engineer is capable of planning organizational constraints and mandates into the implementation. This includes security endorsement, architectural endorsement, change management requirements, risk management requirements and business constraints (time or financial)

Attraction to the Position

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This role is well suited to technically minded individuals who enjoy solving problems and providing solutions in challenging environments.

Staff Retention Strategies for Employers

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Sometimes network engineers can be caught up with political or bureaucratic process causing delays, pressure and frustration. Employers should ensure that engineers are not engaged to solve problems outside of their expertise and try to make all processes and supporting functions (architecture, security, change management) enablers for the solution.

Advantage Alert

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The vast majority of employers seeking BGP, MPLS and VPN skills suggests that many/most corporations are connecting remote sites via clouds. This architecture is high on the employers list of priorities.

The top six most common skill requirements are technical in nature. This suggests that highly specialised certifications such as CCIE and JNCIE are well suited to this role.

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