Network Engineer

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Role Profile

The primary role of a network engineer is to design, install, maintain and support communication networks within an organisation or between organisations. Network engineers need to maintain high levels of operation of communication networks in order to provide maximum performance and availability for their users, such as staff, clients, customers and suppliers. They will understand network configuration, cloud, network administration and monitoring tools, and be able to give technical advice and guidance.

Typical Job Roles:

Network Technician, Network Engineer, Systems Engineer, Network Administrator

Entry Requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include A levels; a level 3 apprenticeship or other relevant qualifications; relevant experience and/or an aptitude test with a focus on functional maths.

Technical Competencies

  • Can design simple networks from a well-defined specification and apply appropriate security products and processes

  • Can install and configure network components, including switches, routers and firewalls

  • Can optimise the performance of network systems and services

  • Can monitor, test and adjust network systems and performance to meet accepted standards using diagnostic tools, analysers and other equipment

  • Can apply diagnostic tools and techniques to identify the causes of network performance issues

  • Can apply structured approaches to troubleshooting network issues and repair faults in hardware, software products and the network

  • Can undertake system upgrades to network hardware, software and operating systems

  • Can integrate network related software into an existing network environment

  • Can interpret written requirements and technical specifications for network activities and maintain accurate records of network maintenance activities

  • Can log and respond to network service calls and provide technical network support to end users as required

  • Can document work done in accordance with agreed procedures

  • Can operate within the parameters of service level agreements, standards and/or agreed response times

  • Can operate effectively in the business environment and responds to business issues related to network engineering


Start date Location / delivery
No fixed date Plymouth

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