IP Network Engineer

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IP Network Engineers design, implement and maintain a company or organization’s IP Ethernet network. It is their responsibility to develop tools to manage the network. They provide all necessary technical assistance to operation groups around the clock as needed.

The IP Network Engineer researches developing standards for an organization’s network configuration. They must also produce documentation of the existing network topology as well as possible new technologies for use by engineering and operations. The technician proactively seeks opportunities to optimize traffic distribution in collaboration with the operations department.

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Job Description:

The Network Engineer provides for the stable functioning of the IP network that supports Data Center managed and hosted services. This professional also manages the upgrading and modification of the IP network to satisfy services growth and expansion. They also research the development of IP networking support for new network services. Additional responsibilities include the following.

  • Operate and maintain the IP network delivering IP data, voice and video to an assigned customer access network.
  • Ensure IP network support of new and existing services and features.
  • Extend all the necessary support for the second and third-tier escalations for all operational outages in IP network.
  • Offer engineering solutions based on a thorough understanding of Data Network architecture, topology and other configuration details.
  • Escalate problems quickly with thorough troubleshooting of all IP network issues.
  • Maintain a record of engineering solutions, such as detailed engineering requirements, detailed reference design, and detailed integration test plan documents.
  • Conduct high-quality and comprehensive lab tests to prove the viability of proposed engineering solutions.
  • Use system, security, and network monitoring tools.
  • Possess experience in scripting network automation tools.

Education Qualifications:

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in computer science, electronics, and telecommunication. Having relevant work experience provides an added advantage. Interested candidates can also pursue a master’s degree in a related field to enhance their employment prospects.

Useful Certifications:

  • Juniper Networks Certified Associate (JNCIA)
  • Juniper Networks Certified Specialist Security (JNCIS)
  • Juniper Networks Certified Professional Security (JNCIP)
  • Juniper Networks Certified Expert Security (JNCIE)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)
  • Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA)
  • Citrix Certified Associate (CCA)

IP Network Engineer Salary:

According to Payscale.com, a Network Engineer on an average earns about $77,226 per year. Candidates with proven knowledge of Cisco UCCE/IPCC telephony solutions are in particular demand by employers. With increasing job opportunities expected over the coming years, candidates for this position will remain sought after by employers.

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