Load Balancer Engineer

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Load Balancer Engineer

The F5 oversees, manages and coordinates network policy. They assist in the configuration and troubleshooting of F5 load balancers. The engineer must manage the load balancing network and application requirements. They collaborate and coordinate with internal support teams and give timely reports to the management.

It is the responsibility of the F5 Load Balancer Engineer to offer architecture/ engineering expertise for new implementations, cloud environment, integrations, and project designs. The professional has to take care of the enterprise Load Balancing strategy and also provide the technical support necessary for security compliance initiatives. The Load Balancer Engineer should examine, evaluate and install new technologies and solutions.

The F5 Load Balancer Engineer will have to create highly available and complex network solutions in both data centers and cloud environments. They must have in-depth knowledge about protocols, designs, and configuration of data center and other network infrastructure related to load balancing solutions. The professionals should play an active role in the mitigation plans and they must make sure they comply with security baselines and standards.

The engineer should manage and maintain procedures for telecommunication systems. They have to evaluate the need for any new reconfigurations and make suggestions for the implementation as and when required. It is their responsibility to take care of the daily administration of the load balancer environment. The professional must also look into network performance, resolve issues and deploy solutions.

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Job Description

The Load Balancer Engineer will analyze, design, implement and maintain the network’s F5 Load Balancer infrastructure. They inspect data packets and TCP, IP flow in network and application flow. The professional must be an expert in F5 Load Balancing platforms and will possess a working knowledge of switches, routers, and firewall concepts.

The F5 Load Balancer Engineer must design and maintain telecommunication projects according to the telecommunications road map. They should be capable of locating and resolving capacity and performance issues and make the sure the uninterrupted operation of data telecommunications systems. The engineer will have to resolve any F5 related issues and mitigate F5 related risk by providing solutions. They have to keep track of the emerging products, services and protocols in support of telecommunications equipment procurement.

In fact, it is the F5 Load Balancer Engineer who should design testing to identify faults, minimize malfunctions, backup systems. They have to create and maintain DR processes for data telecommunications infrastructure. The professional should have a good understanding of advanced routing, protocols, the OSI model, WAN optimization, network security and remote user access. They should have hands-on experience with networks to install, implement and maintain telecommunications equipment.

The Engineer should be able to configure and maintain F5 Load Balancers, load balancing best practices and WAN/LAN network management. They should also take the responsibility to upgrade network operating systems software and hardware as per the management requirements. The professionals must provide inputs into security technology plan. They have to ensure that the plans are integrated effectively with the other aspects of the technical infrastructure.

They have to provide all the necessary support for large scale infrastructure migrations and baseline reviews. The engineer should have a good understanding to work with other networking security groups as well. The professionals should be able to handle any issues related to engineering design and deployment implementation.

The other responsibilities that include are as follows

  • Must configure and maintain F5 Load Balancers and have good knowledge of WAN/LAN network management and monitoring
  • Look into the daily administration of the network load balancer environment
  • Keep track of network performance, respond to problems and deploy solutions
  • Should collaborate with network and engineering teams regarding load balancing infrastructure for cloud and data center environments
  • Must play an active role in designing complex load balancing solutions
  • Implement, upgrade and install any new equipment required
  • Optimize network efficiency and assess modern technology
  • Be responsive and decisive in adjusting architecture as customer requirements and technology evolves
  • Assist in completing complex assignments by using network-related processes and procedures
  • Ensure network interoperability and propose load balancing infrastructure
  • Maintain relationships with other teams within the organization and provide fourth load balancing troubleshooting and support
  • Thorough and demonstrable understanding of network operating systems, network devices, and networking protocols
  • Must understand network architecture analysis and engineering implementation
  • Ability to consistently look into network administration to the diagnose and resolve of network problems

Educational Qualifications

The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, Information Technology, telecommunication, electronics or a related field. Some organizations are keen to hire candidates with a master’s degree.

Useful Certifications

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

The Cisco Certified Network Certification is aimed at individuals who want to enhance their knowledge in networking. The certification validates the candidate’s skills to install, configure and troubleshoot any issues related to networking. The candidate will have an in-depth understanding of networking devices.

Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)

The Cisco Certified Network Professional certification is for candidates who work with a local or wide area network (LAN/WAN) infrastructure. The certification is designed for full-time network engineer or system administrators.

Certified Critical Infrastructure Security Professional (CCISP)

The Certified Information Systems Security Professionals certification validates the individual’s skills to plan, design and manages the controls that keep the IT and business systems secure. The candidates play prominent roles as policymakers and leader in domains such as mobile device security, application development security, cryptography, security architecture & operations, cloud security and risk management.

F5 Certified Technology Specialist (F5-CTS)

The F5 Certified Technology Specialist certification verifies that candidate’s skills to design, implement, and maintain that specific product and its advanced features.

F5 Certified Solution Expert (F5-CSE)

The F5 Certified Solution Expert certification teaches the candidates how F5 technologies combine with industry technology to create real-world business solutions.

Salary

According to Paysa, on an average, this position averages about $76,376, ranging from $72,796 at the 25th percentile to $79,765 at the 75th percentile. The top layer makes somewhere around $83,115. The results are derived from fewer than 20 profiles, including base salary, equity, and bonuses. As per simplyhired, engineer salaries average is $74,814. The Indeed salary estimate states that on an average the Load Balancer Engineer salary ranges from approximately $64,491 per year for Network Administrator to $127,985 per year for Network Architect.

Career Opportunities

According to a snapshot of jobs abroad on SimplyHired, Indeed, LinkedIn shows that there are about 2,000 and 3,000 jobs in the US for F5- certified professionals. They have excellent salary potential and good incentives. Organizations are also on the lookout for professionals who have great expertise in F5 large networked environments.

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