As a network engineer, you'll need to:
- establish the networking environment by designing system configuration, directing system installation and defining, documenting and enforcing system standards
- design and implement new solutions and improve resilience of the current environment
- maximise network performance by monitoring performance, troubleshooting network problems and outages, scheduling upgrades and collaborating with network architects on network optimisation
- undertake data network fault investigations in local and wide area environments using information from multiple sources
- secure network systems by establishing and enforcing policies, and defining and monitoring access
- support and administer firewall environments in line with IT security policy
- report network operational status by gathering and prioritising information and managing projects
- upgrade data network equipment to the latest stable firmware releases
- configure routing and switching equipment, hosted IP voice services and firewalls
- provide remote support to on-site engineers and end users/customers during installation
- provide remote troubleshooting and fault finding if issues occur upon initial installation
- undertake capacity management and audit of IP addressing and hosted devices within data centres
- liaise with project management teams, third-line engineers and service desk engineers on a regular basis
- speak to customers via email and phone for initial requirement capture.
Your role will depend to a certain extent on the sector you work in and the size of your organisation. For example, in a large investment bank you may have specific responsibility for one area of the system, whereas in a small company you may need to troubleshoot for any IT-related problem that arises.