Design, implement and maintain data transference across digital and telecommunications networks.
What does a network engineer do?
Your tasks may include:
- designing the way data is sent or 'routed' across computer networks
- setting up user accounts, permissions and passwords to allow access to the network
- making sure security is at the right level to block unauthorised access
- finding and fixing network faults
- giving technical support to people who use the network
- training staff on new systems
- carrying out day-to-day administration
- planning and implementing future developments
- documenting the processes used in your job
What do I need to do to become a network engineer?
- knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
- analytical thinking skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with others
- to be flexible and open to change
- the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
- to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
- You could take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree
- network engineering
- computer science
- electronic engineering
- network security
- software engineering
- Level 4 Certificate in Networking and Architecture
- Level 4 Certificate in Network Services
- Level 4 Diploma in Network Security
- You may be able to do a network cable installer advanced apprenticeship, a network engineer higher apprenticeship, or a degree apprenticeship in digital and technology solutions.
- You could start as a network technician and take industry-recognised training and certification on the job
Where to find out more
Where could I be working?
You could work in an office or at a client's business.
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