Associate Network Engineer

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Associate Network Engineer

Associate Network Engineer is responsible for taking care of the infrastructure artifacts. The professional must ensure that they maintain consistency in designs along with high-quality guidelines and secure standards. The Network Engineer will deploy and provide technical support to the Network Infrastructure services. They have to focus on automation and devOps. The professional must work in collaboration with various organizations, capabilities, and projects.

The Network Engineer has to handle the systems and documentation that are required for audits and compliance. The professionals must actively participate in the disaster recover development, exercises, and actual events. They should implement new network and Infrastructures initiatives across various departments. The Associate Network Engineer has to coordinate with the staff to maintain quality and maintainable systems. They have to push for new capabilities that can come in handy for the users.

The professional must locate the areas of improvement for supportability. They have to be instrumental in technical work for one or more projects. The Associate Network Engineer verifies the rollout plans before the corporate release. They must ensure everyone works within the change control guidelines. The professional acts as the primary point of contact for the IT and System support teams. The Network Engineer must monitor all network equipment to ensure peak functionality.

The Associate Network Engineer provides technical support for the design and deployment of network solution. They play a prominent role in the building configuration and deploying network equipment. The professional takes care of the Cisco network hardware and iOS software that needs a regular update. The Network Engineer has to examine networking solutions and improve the resiliency of the current network environment.

The professional implements new projects with the help of project initiation, architecture, requirement analysis, design, project management, and system integration phases. The Associate Network Engineer should work with network support vendors and OEM’s to ensure the designs are as per the Service-level agreements. They have to deploy network policies to optimize network performance across the organization. It is the Associate Network Engineer who designs operating metrics for all elements of the corporate environment.

Job Description

The primary responsibility of the Associate Network Engineer to update the technical standards and strategic technical roadmaps. The professionals must take care of the network engineering policies, and operations that include network programmability. The Network Engineer has to act as backup for the LAN/WAN and Firewall teams whenever required. They must install, monitor, and maintain the LAN infrastructure. The professional should make sure smooth and proper functionality of the network system.

The Associate Network Engineer takes care of the hardware components and others such as cabling and wiring. The professionals provide the necessary technical assistance needed for installation and maintenance of WAN infrastructure. They examine and network capacity and implement network tools. The Network Engineer recognizes and resolves network hardware and software problems. They set up user accounts and passwords, and protect access to confidential data.

Job Description

The professional monitors network usage and handles training on new systems. The Associate Network Engineer will perform fault diagnosis and rectification. They provide server administration support and takes care of the entire system back-up and restored protocol. The Network Engineer evaluates network and telecommunication system performance. They must administer network monitoring tools and rest passwords. The professional utilizes Cisco commands to assist in configuring switches. They have to resolve wireless connectivity issues and help in monitoring ticket queues for Telecom.

The Associate Network Engineer will be the primary contact for all manufacturing tool hookups and other technical issues. They are the contact for the network team and will handle fielding issues. The professionals escalate the problems depending on the complexity. The Network Engineer takes care of both customer and internal corporate networks. They rectify issues related to switches, routers, and firewalls. The professionals will work in collaboration with the systems administration team on issues such as inter-connectivity, storage, backup solutions, and on-demand virtualized servers. They ensure optimal performance and play an essential role in the life-cycle of design and implementation.  

The professional will monitor the lab for alerts, debugging network issues and conduct hardware/software upgrades. The Associate Network Engineer provides guidance on debugging of systems and network issues. They have to keep track of the hardware and software sources across the lab infrastructure and give status information on costs, license use, and availability of tools. The Network Engineer has to ensure that the equipment is accessible and running the correct software version and configuration for upcoming classes.

Educational Qualifications

Associate Network Engineer must have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Telecommunications, Electronics&Electrical or any other related field. The professional must have prior relevant work experience as it will give them an edge over the other candidates. Some organizations will hire candidates with a master’s degree or a particular specialization.

Certifications

Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) — Routing and Switching

Cisco Certified Network Professional Level (CCNP) — Routing and Switching

CompTIA Network+

Juniper Networks Certified Internet Associate (JNCIA)

Juniper Networks Certified Internet Professional (JNCIP)

Salary

As per Indeed salary estimate on an average, the Associate Network Engineer salary ranges from approximately $44,282 per year for Entry Level Designer to $106,304 per year for Data Center Technician. The Payscale states that for this position the professionals earn about $56,637 annually and $29.50 per hour in the United States.

Career Opportunities

The future scope of Associate Network Engineers seems to be bright over the next few years. Businesses will always need Associate Network Engineers, and there is always job security. Over the past few years, many changes have taken place, and network engineers were able to adapt themselves. So, even network engineering changes, network engineers will never be replaced.

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