A Server Engineer takes the lead in maintaining the server and desktop infrastructure across various locations of an organization to ensure that its users can easily access mission-critical applications. The individual engineer troubleshoots issues at both the server and PC levels.
The engineer suggests improvements to technology and implements them. This individual is responsible for maintaining the overall environment. As the candidates for this position coordinate with clients and partners, besides with technical as well as non-technical people in the organization, they need to have brilliant verbal and written communication skills.
Server Engineers job description
Engineers must have more than three years of experience in designing and supporting server. They configure and manage servers of different operating systems, such as Windows, macOS or Linux, including installing them, maintaining them, and fixing issues and future upgrades while implementing enhancements to improve performance and reliability. They also design, implement, and manage enterprise system technologies.
These engineers support technologies, such as Active Directory, DFS, Terminal Servers, Hyper V, Internet Information Server, System Center Operations Manager (SCOM), and file server migrations.
They should be familiar with cloud solutions, virtualization software, such as VMware and Hyper-V, scripting with PowerShell and Ansible, and Citrix XenDesktop and VDI Solutions.
In addition to providing support for the implementation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of IT systems, the engineers must oversee and resolve problems of the server, network devices, storage, and client devices including support IT systems of all end users on a daily basis by monitoring and troubleshooting all systems. Moreover, engineers must be capable of detecting, diagnosing, and resolving a range of other issues.
Prospects for Server Engineers
Server Engineers must continue learning new technologies to be useful to enterprises. If they obtain a master’s degree in computer science, engineering or a related discipline, they will be at an advantage. Job opportunities for the network and computer systems administrators are expected to grow six percent from 2016 to 2026, which is average for all occupations, according to US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Educational qualifications and other requirements for Server Engineers
Server Engineers must have at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science engineering or a related discipline.
Potential candidates need to be good team players and must have expertise in automation solutions and diagnostics and troubleshooting.
Salary of a Server Engineer
The average yearly salary of a Server Engineer is $74,340 in the United States. If they freelance, they can charge $30 per hour, according to payscale.com.
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